Thursday, February 19, 2015

Visit from two Tundra Swans

We rarely get swans of any type in the Canon City area, the last were a few years ago. So it was nice to hear that a local birder had found two at the Holcim Wetlands just east of Florence.


I was out of town all day so stopped by in the afternoon as I drove back. I was pleased to spot the two of swans flying back in to the wetlands after looking as much as possible with most of the trail still not repaired and off limits. I guess they might have been off somewhere feeding and were now  returning for the night.

Thought I was photographing swans landing so was surprised to find this Canada Goose had photo-bombed on of the pics.

This swan landing shows that swans are not always the graceful looking birds they are said to be.

The swan below shows only a small amount of yellow in it's lores while the other swan shows a lot of yellow as is found on Tundra Swans. SeEtta
When the two were right beside each other they look like exactly alike but the amount of yellow in the lores is different when seen at closer view.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Young Golden Eagles practicing flying maneuvers

Also while I was counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count in Florence River Park I spotted two young Golden Eagles flying near each other overhead.  These young eagles are either juveniles or sub-adults (difficult to distinguish here) and they appeared to be practicing flying maneuvers they will need as adults as they flew circles around each other, sometimes coming quite close, as they might do during breeding or to engage a competitor.
It has been a great year for viewing Golden Eagles in this area. My local wildlife officer hypothesized that the very good year for rabbits here has kept a number of Golden Eagles around. SeEtta

Black Phoebe for Great Backyard Bird Count

I drove to the Florence River Park to do one of my day 1 counts for the Great Backyard Bird Count. I heard this Black Phoebe call and it gave me a nice show.
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I have seen a Black Phoebe off and on at this location since last summer when at least 2 pair of Black Phoebes nested in the area and frequented this park that is adjacent to the Arkansas River and includes some nice wetlands. SeEtta