Saturday, April 19, 2014
Posted by SRM at 12:48 AM
Here is a video that shows some of the several hundred White-throated Swifts I spotted foraging over the Blue Heron ponds just east of Florence, CO. SeEtta
Posted by SRM at 12:03 AM
Thursday, April 17, 2014
This morning I stopped to check out the Blue Heron Ponds just east of Florence to see if any migrating birds were there. Soon I spotted a number of White-throated Swifts flying above the ponds, then more, then more---until well over 200 swifts came swooshing above as they consumed insects on the fly. The top photo has been severely cropped to provide a closer-up view of a few of the swifts.
I have previously observed White-throated Swifts stopping over in this area but never this large a number. There is a series of ponds in this location that are adjacent to the Arkansas River and the flock would feed for awhile over one of the ponds then rapidly move to another pond.
I watched this very large flock for more than 20 minutes as they foraged back and forth from one pond to the next. It was interesting to hear what I think was the sound of the wings when there were a large number overhead. I have some video that I will process and upload to my blog tomorrow. SeEtta
Posted by SRM at 11:51 PM
While looking at the Glossy Ibis foraging in a flooded field in Florence on Monday I spotted this little American Pipit working the edges of the flooded area. SeEtta
Posted by SRM at 12:42 AM
Posted by SRM at 12:06 AM
Monday, April 14, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Today I found a small flock of about 25 White-faced Ibis, first of the year birds here, in a flooded agricultural field in Florence. I always check each dark ibis to look for the rarish Glossy Ibis, more likely found in eastern U.S., which I usually find in large flocks of around a hundred or so. Surprise, I found not just first of the year White-faced but Glossy Ibis.
These photos show the bluish bare skin on it's face which are arranged as lines above and below the eye, and not going around the eye as with the bare skin on White-faced Ibis.
Though the third photo just above is not as sharp, it is good for showing the difference in facial features of Glossy and White-faced Ibis right next to each other.
The forth photo also shows the difference in these species though in a different perspective as they are loafing with heads resting on backs.
The bottom pic shows the flock feeding in the flooded agricultural field. SeEtta
Posted by SRM at 12:24 AM