Saturday, September 22, 2012
Today I found River Park in Florence, CO to be very active for the first time in quite a while (the city has let people drive all over, destroying vegetation). Among the birds there I found two Eastern Phoebes and a Black Phoebe. One of the Eastern's was an immature, the bird in these photos, while the other was an adult. I had seen this immature in and near this park a few times in the past month and it did not seem to want to share it with either of the other two phoebes as it had several antagonistic interactions with each of them. I did not get photos of the Black or adult Eastern but did get these of the immature Eastern.
The mostly buffy edges on it's wing coverts are seen in the top photo. And the bottom photo shows the pointed rectices found on birds of this species in First Basic plumage (September-August) as noted in Birds of North America online. SeEtta
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
This is another of the several Black Phoebes I have seen on the Canon City Riverwalk this month. On some days I saw up to 3 or 4 Black and an Eastern Phoebe plus a likely hybrid along the one mile section of this riverwalk between Sell's Lake and Raynolds trailheads. SeEtta
I am way behind on my photos, just so many birds. And taking prescription medicine for elevated blood lipids that is known for causing fatigue and sleep problems--after birding and doing some chores, I'm just too tired to go through my photos then edit and upload them-bummer. Anyway, this is one of the several Black Phoebes I have seen in the past 2 weeks around the Canon City,Co area. This one is in juvenal plumage (see brown wing bars and straight across demarcation of black and white underparts) and was on the Canon City Riverwalk.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I have been seeing up to several dozen Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Florence for the past few days. The two males in the top pic had a dispute they settled with a short battle. SeEtta
Monday, September 17, 2012
I think this photo shows all the field marks for a female Chestnut-sided Warbler in 1st winter plumage. I would gladly take a dozen more of her. SeEtta
Birding this morning was fairly slow only a few warblers (Wilson's, Yellow)that haven't moved on. Then I found this beautiful Chestnut-sided Warbler, a female in first winter plumage. What gorgeous green color on her head and back!
I really liked the bottom pic as the color came through so well, even with overcast skies that tend to suck color from photos, that I did no tweaking-just cropped to enlarge. More pics to come. SeEtta