Saturday, May 6, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
- "They have powerful talons with curving claws and when they spot their prey and begin their feet-first diving descent to capture it, the talons lock onto the prey and tighten much like a zip tie. So a hawk’s feet are designed to catch their food. Struggle as they may, the seized prey very rarely can escape the powerful grasp of those talons." (from https://ginnybirdbeakspeak.com/2015/12/20/beaks-and-feet-harriss-hawk/)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
I enjoyed watching a migrating flock of about 50 White-throated Swifts engaged in frenzied breeding along the Arkansas River near the Florence River Park. I have observed similar feeding flocks at this location in previous years as they make their way to locations further west with cliffs.
Fyi-these pics are good enough quality to be enlarged for better viewing, just click on each pic.
Monday, May 1, 2017
I had been looking for American Pipits all week as is around the time they have stopped over on their migration to feed and rest--and yesterday I found about a dozen of them foraging in an agricultural field in Florence.
While most of the pipits had streaked chests, some were the 'light' adults as shown in the bottom two pics.