Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Close to the End

Surveys are wrapping up and the field season is coming to an end. Baird's Sparrows continue to disappoint, as neither my partner Garrett nor I have seen one in Arizona this winter. At the beginning of the season, we attended a 10 day training period in Mexico. Janos was filthy with Baird's Sparrows, and we even banded some. Since I don't have any cool pictures from the last day or so, here is me holding a Baird's.

The field season started with such promise for this elusive species.

Another interesting find in Janos was a Loggerhead Shrike that apparently has a taste for other Loggerhead Shrikes.We noticed this LOSH had another LOSH head impaled right outside our bunkhouse.
Shrike eating Shrike
Surveys go through Thursday, back to Michigan on Friday.


  1. Wow, I hadn't heard that shrikes eat shrikes. Pretty messed up.

  2. Yeah that is pretty awesome. You should write a note for the Mexican ornithology journal.