|So, the unstreaked orange chest and belly help identify this Northern Harrier as a juvenile.|
This bird was harassing a couple of crows and had them pinned down underneath a tree before it gave us a couple Top Gun style flybys.
|Okay, so to be honest, this isn't a great crush, but it shows the dark inner secondaries of a young bird.|
In other news, Burrowing Owl is a bird that I had not seen before, although this one is very reliable on a concrete pile in a very remote spot an hour from me. It's a bird I could have easily seen quite some time ago, but the county lister in me is pretty stubborn. I finally said "fuck it," and ventured out of Travis county, successfully looking for this bird and unsuccessfully looking for Mountain Plovers.
|I like digiscoping birds. They're definitely not crushes, but I'm a big fan of the aesthetic.|
|Loggerhead Shrike - check out the delicate undertail coverts on this decidedly undelicate bird.|
|First Hermit Thrush of the fall. Pretty sure I got poison ivy here, but I won't know for a week or so.|
Also, we stumbled across some vulture food.