Late October, 2008

It is our passion to highlight the avian populations of the Big Country, to chronicle their annual migratory movements or to highlight avian behavior. This week’s post covers both situations. With the strongest of cold fronts moving into the Big Country this fall,


I captured the frontal passage at Lake Kirby (above). While the cold wind blew, a juvenile Osprey was dining on his morning’s catch:


When the cold front’s gusty wind knocked it off its perch, what do you think it did?

Lorie found some unusual ducks floating out at Ft. Phantom Lake October 24, 2008:


Do you know what they are? Do you have any ideas as to their origin? We have an idea, take a look here.

New member Joe Thompson sent in a photo of a moody American White Pelican wintering at Kirby Lake, October 19, 2008:


Several hundred stopped by mid-October and it will be interesting to see how many will hang around as winter sets in.

To find out the latest in Big Country bird news, check out the Late October Gallery. You’ll discover what the Osprey did when the cold front blew it off its perch, see a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk wintering in the area, and meet a contortionist robin. And don’t forget to check out the Sightings for a complete list of what has been seen recently. If you have an interesting photo you’d like to share with us, drop us a note.

One response to “Late October, 2008”

  1. I was pointing out an owl at dusk to a friend who wasn’t very impressed at all. I couldn’t understand his lack of enthusiasm. I find all animals fascinating. Thanks for your post. It’s a great blog.