A few Western birds…

This is a memory post. Living in Tennessee will be exciting, but here are some birds I will miss from Out West:

The Greater Sage Grouse is an iconic bird of the shrub steppe and a symbol of the intermountain west - it is a shame that we treat them so badly.

The Greater Sage Grouse is an iconic bird of the shrub steppe and a symbol of the intermountain west – it is a shame that we treat them so badly.

The song of the Sage Thrasher brings joy to the shrub steppe!

The song of the Sage Thrasher brings joy to the shrub steppe!

The call of the Poorwill means you are camped someplace very cool. This photo was taken by tracking the bird with a camera with an infrared focusing system and then snapping the shot with a flash.

The call of the Poorwill means you are camped someplace very cool. This photo was taken by tracking the bird with a camera with an infrared focusing system and then snapping the shot with a flash.

The West has enough corvids to bring a smile to anyone. Gray Jays have always been favorites of mine, but so are Ravens, Magpies, Pinyon Jays, Scrub Jays, Steller's Jays, Clark's Nutcrackers, and the rest...

The West has enough corvids to bring a smile to anyone. Gray Jays have always been favorites of mine, but so are Ravens, Magpies, Pinyon Jays, Scrub Jays, Steller’s Jays, Clark’s Nutcrackers, and the rest…

Burrowing Owls are very special birds to me. Once common, these birds are now having population declines.

Burrowing Owls are very special birds to me. Once common, these birds are now having population declines.

There are so many more birds that are part of this special place I have been privileged to live in. What birds make where you live special?

 

 

 

 

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