Willet, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Late April on Camas Prairie


WC and Mrs. WC did their final Short-eared Owl survey at Camas Prairie. We did a little birding beforehand – come on, you aren’t surprised? – and photos were taken. Here are some random shots. Sometimes, critters besides birds wander into WC’s viewfinder. These mule deer, for example. The primary purpose for the visit, of…

Long-tailed Tyrant, Costa Rica

Return of Bird of the Week: Long-tailed Tyrant


There are a staggering, bewildering number of birds in the Neotropics that eat bugs. Hundreds of species of flycatchers, alone. One of the more spectacular is the Long-tailed Tyrant. Long-tailed Tyrants feed exclusively on flying insects, especially stingless bees.  Insects are captured by making quick aerial sallies from a high exposed snag or branch. Not coincidentally, that perching…

Western Meadowlark, Camas Prairie, Idaho

It’s a Late Spring at Camas Prairie


Tuesday WC and Mrs. WC headed out to attempt their first Short-eared Owl survey at Camas Prairie in southcentral Idaho. Readers will recall WC volunteers for the Western Asio Flammeus Landscape Study (WAfLS). Asio Flammeus is the Short-eared Owl. For more background on the project and WC’s other assigned route, see the Weiser posts. It’s a…