Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This 'white' crane showed up last week at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. It is clearly not an albino as it does have color not only in feathers but in eyes and in it's bill. The Refuge states it is a leucistic bird.
Though this 'white' cranes mostly whitish feathering fits with leucism I don't know why it's bill is so lightly colored.
I saw this unusual crane several times this past week. It has been in the company of Sandhill Cranes though I have not seen it interact with any.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I took the above photo of a large flock of Sandhill Cranes as they flew over my house a week ago.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I found a Sage Thrasher this week in some 4-winged Salt Brush/Cholla cactus habitat in Canon City where I usually find Curve-billed Thrashers, and it didn't take long to find two of those fairly common birds for my area. The Curve-billed Thrashers are resident while the Sage Thrasher is presumably stopping over during migration. The dark streaking on the underparts of the Sage Thrasher, along with the shorter and straighter bill distinguish it from the Curve-billed Thrasher.
The eyes of these two different Curve-billed Thrashers are clearly orange while the eyes of the Sage Thrasher, though not as clearly visible, tend more to yellow. The Curved-billed Thrashers show definitely decurved long bills with spotted underparts somewhat visible on the bottom bird. SeEtta
Friday, October 10, 2014
I did not notice how this warbler is holding it's left wing so far down as these birds were flitting about quickly. I hope it doesn't have an injured wing as this would be a problem for it's migrating.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Posted by SRM at 10:49 PM
American Dippers come down the Arkansas River as it runs through Canon City, usually arriving in the fall and spending the winter. I have also for the past several years had 1-2 American Dippers stay for at least most of the summer with a pair with an aborted nesting effort a few years ago (racoons got into nest and presumably ate eggs or nestlings). This one was at west end of Riverwalk. SeEtta
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Far eastern Colorado is on the western edge of the range for Red-bellied Woodpeckers and probably the most reliable spot to find one is at Lamar Woods in Lamar,Colo. Though resident in this small wooded area they are not always out and about to be seen. This morning I found two of them that had been interacting but the other bird flew off before I could tell it's gender. SeEtta