Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Female Williamson's, dressed for blending in

Female Williamson's Sapsuckers are not boldly plumaged like their male counterparts. Like in many bird species, females of this species have plumage that blends in with it's environment which is important so when they are nesting they do not draw too much attention to themselves (and where their nest site is located) by possible predators. SeEtta

Gorgeous Williamson's Sapsucker


I found this male Williamson's Sapsucker this week in Canon City. By this time of the year, it is most likely that this and the other sapsuckers are going to winter here. Yesterday I drove from location to location where I have found sapsuckers and came up with 1 juvenile Yellow-bellied, 3 male and 2 female Williamson's Sapsuckers. SeEtta

First winter Harris Sparrow

I spotted this Harris Sparrow, a first winter bird, on the grounds of the University of Colo State University-Pueblo. I had attended one of my water roundtable meetings and was walking my dog, Chase, when I saw it. As it was late afternoon the light was getting poor. It was associating with several White-crowned and Song Sparrows near a storm run-off created wetlands. I also saw a Cooper's Hawk looking at sparrows there.
I had another water roundtable related meeting the next day and stopped to see if I could refind this bird earlier with better light. However, there was a lot of student activity and little bird activity so I did not refind it. SeEtta