I carved a Baltimore Oriole!

I decided to join a wood carving class at Sawtooth School for the Arts, my first ever. I was interested because they were carving a bird, a Baltimore Oriole. My instructor was Jim Carpenter, an award-winning bird carver. We met weekly over the course of 2 months. He was a great instructor! Here is the final product, and some of the steps along the way.IMG_2717

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Tanglewood Park Owls

X marks the spot! Thanks to Craig McCleary for placing these sticks on the wire fence! We found the Great-horned Owls right where he had previously seen them.

IMG_0711This was the first Great-horned Owl that we noticed as it flew from one tree to the next.

IMG_0649A second owl flew in to join the first! You can see them both in this picture.
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On our way out we saw two Barred Owls. They were calling back and forth.IMG_0745IMG_0755

This was a great birding day. Four owls!!!! The Great-horned Owl was a life bird! 😀

Bethabara Nest Boxes

I went to Bethabara this morning. Did some birding and checked the nest boxes. It is scary to check the boxes not knowing what is inside!

Box 3 has a wasp nest in it and the roof is broken and fell off while I was checking.

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