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Offline randell

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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2006, 09:53:41 PM »
I went quail hunting with my cousin once outside of Alpine.  It involved lots of beer.  I would be just getting comfortable with my beer when he would slam on the brakes, jump out of the truck, and start shooting.  I never even saw a quail until after he was out of the truck.  I was terrible at it.  I can see how an accident would happen.
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Offline Roy

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re: Cheney joke
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2006, 09:53:51 PM »
I'm going to feel like a real jerk if he doesn't make it.

Moderator note:  That's where the edit and delete buttons would come in...

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Re: Unless you're talking Plymouth
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2006, 10:06:34 PM »
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I think your trips would be greatly enhanced if you purchased some ID books...


Got some.  I've just got a hard time identifying and remembering that stuff.  I used to pack the truck with all the books as I was going west with the best of intentions.  Guess what.  They never left the truck.  So, I've cut back on weight and just leave them at home....  8)

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Offline Roy

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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2006, 10:12:20 PM »
Quote from: "Randell"
I went quail hunting with my cousin once outside of Alpine.  It involved lots of beer.  I would be just getting comfortable with my beer when he would slam on the brakes, jump out of the truck, and start shooting.  I never even saw a quail until after he was out of the truck.  I was terrible at it.  I can see how an accident would happen.



That's a seriously bad way to go quail hunting.   And not just the beer.  How to quail hunt:  You and your buddies form a side by side line and slowly walk across a field, etc.  When a covey of quail flushes, you shoot forward, but NEVER directly to your side (that's where your buddy's standing),  and NEVER NEVER NEVER turn and shoot behind you.  You' ve got no idea who or what might be behind you.  That's apparently what Cheney did.  Yeah, Whittington should have spoken up,   and I guess  that's the way these guys hunt.  But I was taught to shoot only in a clear field of vision and where there are no surprises possible.

I've been peppered with bird shot before, at about twice the distance that he was hit.  Got me in the side and back;  it was cold and I was wearing heavy clothing so nothing penetreated, but it scared the @#%$#$ out of me.  The shooters made a lot of excuses;  I just turned around and left.

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Green Jays?
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2006, 11:43:53 PM »
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green jay, tho;  those guys are just as brave as their blue cousins.  I see them frequently in the Chisos.


Roy, are you thinking about Mexican Jays?  I don't believe Green Jay has ever been documented in BBNP - I just checked Ro Wauer's book "A Field Guide to Birds of the Big Bend" and it isn't listed.  In Peterson and Zimmer's book "Birds of the Trans-Pecos", they say Green Jays are "very rare and irregular in winter near Del Rio...absent elsewhere in the Trans-Pecos."

I've seen them in the Rio Grande Valley, too, and I agree with you - they are beautiful birds!
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2006, 07:30:02 AM »
Well Anakin and I started to get interested in da birdies last year. I don't have my Sibley book anymore, but will get another. I have seen lots of Mexican Jay's in the Chisos, and also I believe Lucifer Hummingbirds in Boot Spring. In SE Canyon lots of Canyon Wren's. Alot more too. I used to be like Shane and would take all the books and forget them in the truck, LOL....This time it's going to be a bit more intense. I have my lil Animal Tracks book and I'm going to take notes on whatever I feel strikes me as worthy! And take as many pics as I can  :D

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Re: Green Jays?
« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2006, 08:33:08 AM »
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Quote from: "Roy"
green jay, tho;  those guys are just as brave as their blue cousins.  I see them frequently in the Chisos.


Roy, are you thinking about Mexican Jays?  I don't believe Green Jay has ever been documented in BBNP - I just checked Ro Wauer's book "A Field Guide to Birds of the Big Bend" and it isn't listed.  In Peterson and Zimmer's book "Birds of the Trans-Pecos", they say Green Jays are "very rare and irregular in winter near Del Rio...absent elsewhere in the Trans-Pecos."

I've seen them in the Rio Grande Valley, too, and I agree with you - they are beautiful birds!


Hmmmm.  I could swear I've seen a couple in BBNP, but then I couldn't find any photos of them from the park.  Maybe I'm getting trips to the Valley confused with trips to BBNP my old age, but I'm pretty sure I 've seen them there.  Maybe we can get one the Park staff to check on this;  I'd trust them more than the field guides.

 


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