Monday, June 20, 2011

Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Project

Get an inside view of what it's like to be working on this project in the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge.  Birder and naturalist Greg Joder has gone from Bald Eagle nestwatching to searching for Southwestern Willow Flycatchers.  You won't be seeing too many pristine photos of the SWFL, they're hard to find much less photograph!  But you will see great photos and videos of the wildlife in the refuge. Click HERE to see a video of a typical day searching for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher at the Bill Williams NWR

Note from Greg Joder, June 21st, 2011 -
This is a female in what we are calling territory 2. notice, ironically, she is carrying nest material that is tamarisk (you know - the tamarisk leaf beetle release fiasco and its impact on SWFL productivity - if you don't I can send you a brief essay outlining the issue) and also notice she is banded. this female just lost her first nest to predation the other day and we discovered one of the ruined eggs was a cowbird egg. she has since rebuilt another nest and I will be back tomorrow to see if she's started laying eggs again. I will keep you posted... it's great to share this with you and other birders - thank you!   
Female Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)
 in Bill Williams River NWR, Copyright Greg Joder, 2011
In the amazing photo below, Greg captured the menacing pose of a Bobcat at the Planet Ranch in the Bill Williams River NWR.

Bobcat seen at Planet Ranch in the Bill Williams River NWR, Copyright Greg Joder, 2011

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