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Roar~

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When thousands of snow geese,
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rise,

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they roar!

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Like massive waterfalls,

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they drown all sound,

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but for the beating thrum of thousands of wings.
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They blanket the sky,
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blocking the sun,
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with blinding white,

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generating their own radiant light!

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Cheers to you from the wintering snow geese at The Salton Sea~

Owled Again~

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Burrowing Owl populations in San Diego County have been sharply depleted by extensive development and are at risk for local extinction.
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In San Diego they are a protected species under the Multi-Species Protection Act, and are protected by state and federal wildlife agencies.
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The Living Coast Discovery Center in The San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is breeding these remarkable little owls and visitors can get up close and personal with these very curious creatures which is an incredible experience.
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In the wild Burrowing Owls live mostly in squirrel and gopher burrows, often sharing space with their furry room mates.
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The most reliable place to view Borrowing Owls in the wild in Southern California is at The Sony Bono Nature Preserve at The Salton Sea.
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Artificial burrows have been set up here where you can watch the owls and their nests in the wild which is quite fascinating!
Cheers to you from the curious and way too cute Burrowing Owls~
For More Information on the depletion of Burrowing Owls in San Diego County see:

http://sdplantatlas.org/ge_files/pdf/Burrowing%20Owl.pdf

Salton Sea Shorebirds~

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Snowy Egret hunting for dinner,

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plunges his beak,
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and pulls out a fish!
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Night Herons, White Faced Ibis, Snowy Egrets and Great White Herons, block my path!

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424 different bird species have been identified at The Salton Sea, including this handsome Snowy Egret with striped stocking legs.
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The placid Black Bellied Plover eats bugs in the sand,
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while White Pelicans lumber off as I near.
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They soon skid back,
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flashing irked looks my way!
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Great Blue Herons watch as if saying, “I’m a very big bird, you better be careful, if you come my way!”
Cheers to you from the wintering shorebirds at The Salton Sea~

Rapture~

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Elusive raptors
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when glimpsed (juvenile bald eagle)
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create

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rapture.

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Intelligent
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detached
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observant.
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Bald Eagles remind us of what we value.

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Cheers to you from the eagles who look to us for their survival~

Note: Bald Eagle populations were decimated in the wild in the United States. Careful environmental conservation measures and biological reintroduction efforts have helped restore bald eagle populations. Dismantling environmental protections may bring bald eagles back to the brink of extinction and beyond. Their survival is up to us.

Standing Up For Yourself~

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This little Yellowleg gave me quite a scolding for coming near him!
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He may be little, but he’s tough and quite loud, and he stood his ground!
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Eventually he settled down with me around.
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I understand he feels territorial.
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There’s lots of birdies at The Salton Sea,
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and a little Yellowleg needs to hold his claim.
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Cheers to you from the wintering birds at The Salton Sea~

Sky Floating~

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Sand Hill Cranes
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magnificent fliers
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floating in space.
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They drift by
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like giant ballons
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untethered by human hands.
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Proud silhouettes
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kissed by the golden sunset.
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Cheers to you from the wintering cranes at the Salton Sea~

M n M’s~

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Look who dropped by The Holler today, M n M’s, Mother Nature’s Maids!
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They keep things clean around here,

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but don’t like me coming near.
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They open their wings to seem imposing,
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while Holler trash they are busy disposing!
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Good birds, they keep the sunflower field tidy.
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Yep, we have sunflowers in December!
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The birds & the bees love em.
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I couldn’t just leave you with photos of vultures could I?
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Cheers to you from The Holler Housekeepers and some December sun~