Owner John van Dort

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Comments

Sunny, light WSW winds, haze; after 10:00 AM, partly cloudy, light S winds, haze. Two twisters were observed in the area, one razed over me and knocked me out of my seat, and my cap off my head.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 3

    Comments: The roadrunners at this site often sing the "woo-woo-woo-woo-woo-woo-wooo" vocalization, but today I heard the other, less often heard vocalization, given in a duet between two rivaling males (?): "ooah, ooah, ooah". This is much slower, and each phrase is a little lower than the previous. After this vocalization was heard for a few times coming from left and right of me, I saw a pair that was left of me walk stealthily over the ground in the direction of the bird on the right.

  2. Number observed: 2
  3. Number observed: 4
  4. Number observed: 10

    Comments: Flying together in display.

    Breeding Code: C Courtship, Display, or Copulation (Probable)
  5. Number observed: 1
  6. Number observed: 1
  7. Number observed: 2
  8. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Migrating NW but rather low, unlike the other raptors.

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  9. Number observed: 158

    Comments: Migration visible until 10:00 (after that, it probably continued but too high to see).

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  10. Number observed: 1
  11. Number observed: 46

    Comments: Migration was visible between 8:40 and 9:45 AM; after that, it probably continued but too high to be visible from the ground. The last few birds were so high that they were specks in binoculars, and were not visible without binoculars.

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
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  12. Number observed: 1
  13. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Unusual to see that species here (though not rare in the more wooded parts of the area).

  14. Number observed: 1
  15. Number observed: 2
  16. Number observed: 2
  17. Number observed: 9

    Comments: Migrants.

    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  18. Number observed: 24
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  19. Number observed: 1
  20. Number observed: 2
  21. Number observed: 2
  22. Number observed: 2
  23. Number observed: 2
  24. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Singing, and the pair chasing each other wherever they went.

    Breeding Code: P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
  25. Number observed: 2
  26. Number observed: 3
  27. Number observed: 1
  28. Number observed: 1
  29. Number observed: 4
  30. Number observed: 2
  31. Number observed: 1
  32. Number observed: 4
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