Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Warbler fest in Red Canyon Park slowing down


Went out to Red Canyon Park this morning for an hour or so. Though there were still a number of warblers in the hackberry trees, the numbers of warblers and their feeding activity had diminished considerably. However, there was a lively flock of Bushtits feeding furiously in one of the 3 large hackberry trees where the activity was concentrated.

Today most of the warblers were Yellow-rumped and all that I saw were Audubon's like these. There still several Townsend's but only one or two Wilson's Warblers. At least 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets continued and the Townsend's Solitairs serenaded nearby. I heard Pinyon Jays but the only jay species I saw today was Western Scrub. SeEtta

Hummingbird mom feeding her offspring in Ramsey Canyon Preserve


I am still catching up on my photos from my trip to SE Arizona including this one of a Black-chinned Hummingbird feeding her offspring. Sorry it's not crisp, bright and clear but the youngster was on a branch shaded by tree leaves and I stayed more than 50 feet away (though they were only about 10 feet off the trail) in order to reduce disturbance. Because hummingbirds are so small it takes a long camera lens to photograph them and this was shot with a 50 times normal zoom. I have also enlarged the photo quite a bit so you can see her long bill is placed inside the baby’s bill to transfer the nectar. Ramsey Canyon is a popular place and a number of people walked by–if they walked too close the mom would leave or if out getting food she would not fly in by her baby so she didn’t give away the location. So it is important that those watching and photographing young birds keep their distance so they don’t interfere with feeding.

The photo just above is the young hummer, a fledgling, when a little sunlight filtered in so it has better color. Black-chinned Hummingbirds are metallic green on their upperparts and this young hummer shows that plumage. It even shows the broad white tips to it’s wings that are found on adult birds. However, the bill on this species is quite long but the young hummer’s bill is still pretty short. Since the young bird is out of the nest but still being fed by the mother it is considered a fledgling. SeEtta

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Townsend's Warblers fall fest


More photos of those wonderful Townsend's Warblers I enjoyed today at Red Canyon Park.

The yellow soles of the feet of the Townsend's Warbler in the 3rd pic can be seen by clicking on the photo to enlarge it. SeEtta