Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Boy did this little Ruby-crowned Kinglet live up to it's name! It had it's bright ruby red crest raised most of the time I watched it foraging. You would think from looking at the top pic that it was agitated but it wasn't engaged in battle with any other birds and didn't seem agitated (I have always heard them vocalize as part of agitation and this one didn't)--but it was a cool view. Amazing the number of interesting birds in Florence River Park this week--much different than it has been for a long time. SeEtta
I spotted a Red-naped Sapsucker 4 days ago at the Abbey when it chased off a Williamson's that was feeding on one of their pine trees. I didn't get to see it well enough to tell it's gender but I photographed this Red-naped there today and it is a male. It was feeding on one of the diverse species of deciduous trees on the Abbey's grounds. Not sure if it is just stopping over to feed during migration or if it is an early 'wintering sapsucker' that stay in Canon City usually from Oct to late winter. SeEtta
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Phyllonorycter apparella, that "feeds in an underside mine on cottonwood" and other willow family trees causing a yellowish blotch (called a 'mine'). Maybe this is the insect larvae in the cottonwood tree leaves that is a wonderful source of food for migrating warblers or one like it. SeEtta
As I watched and took photos I noticed that the leaves on the cottonwood tree leaves, where much of the frenetic feeding action was taking place, had several spots on each leaf. And most of the leaves on most of the cottonwood trees had these yellowish spots on their leaves. When I examined the leaves close up it appeared that there were insect larvae inside the leaves.