I photographed this female Belted Kingfisher at Florence River Park, a small local park in Florence, CO adjacent to the Arkansas River. The bottom pic is not very sharp but I included it since it shows that the rusty belt runs from the chest to the sides and up onto the underside of the wing. SeEtta
Monday, March 27, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
I spotted this pair of Common Mergansers on the Arkansas River in Canon City yesterday. They took advantage of the swift flow to move them quickly downstream with little effort. SeEtta
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
I have an area in Canon City that Wilson's Snipe find good for foraging. I was surprised recently to watch one of them 'bouncing' up and down on it's legs repeatedly as it foraged not too different than the foraging behavior of American Woodcocks. I checked Birds of North America online which indicated this was done, "apparently to startle prey into moving." Top pic is darker as it was overcast while sunny for bottom pics. SeEtta
This is one of Black Phoebes in an apparent bonded pair that I have been observing every day for the past 6 days. They often forage near one another at Sell's Lake in Canon City but also take the very short flight, less than a hundred feet, the Arkansas River. Unfortunately these pics were pretty backlit. SeEtta
Problems with my computer which I have replaced and my camera-lens combo that I worked out just made it difficult to maintain this blog. I am back. SeEtta
Posted by SRM at 10:29 PM
Thursday, September 29, 2016
I found a nice size flock of Pinyon Jays yesterday at Red Canyon Park. There were quite a few more than 75 in total when I got these pics as the whole flock flew over but at times smaller groups would fly about.
Posted by SRM at 12:14 AM
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
AllAboutBirds.org says, "The largest hummingbird found north of Mexico, the Blue-throated Hummingbird is also one of the most vocal hummingbird species, and its high-pitched, monotonous peeps are a signature sound of summer. They are found in streamside habitats in mountain canyons, as far north as southeastern Arizona, where they are frequent visitors to feeders and usually the dominant hummingbird species. "