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A dozen+ singing Dickcissels in the Canon City area
Canon City is a marginal area for Dickcissels with usually no more than 6 or 8 singing males so I was pleasantly surprised to find a total of more than a dozen today. And I found them in several agricultural fields where they have not been reported before.
Additionally I found 2 singing male Dickcissels in the hay field where I found the first of this species for Fremont County,CO 15 or more years ago but where they have not been found for some years--while it is still a hay field it has been purchased by our local Recreation District for future sports fields and is part of Pathfinder Park.
The pic above is interesting with the crown feathers standing straight out making a head piece for this bird. SeEtta
This map shows locations of Dickcissels viewable from public roads.
I had arranged to meet Bob Rasa, who leads tours around the famous Neal's Lodges on the Frio River in Concan, TX. Bob graciously offered to work me in to his schedule and I spent the day benefiting from his experience with the birds in this area. We birded around Neal's Lodges in the morning which is where I photographed this Black-throated Sparrow. I also saw this Long-billed Thrasher at the Neal's. This species has a fairly limited range, mostly in Mexico but coming into south and central Texas. SeEtta
I was very pleased to get the above photo of a Belted Kingfisher as it dove towards a pond to get a fish. Fortunately the light was good so I was able to take this as a very high speed pic, a setting I was already using since the kingfisher was a good 75 feet away. I hid in my car behind some foliage, some of which got in the view but is out of focus, in order to avoid flushing the bird. SeEtta
Though the facial skin on this ibis is blue as found on Glossy Ibis, I noticed while looking at it in my spotting scope that the bare skin went around the back of the eye-a characteristic of White-faced Ibis.
Also, depending on the light and the angle of the bird to me, I could see that the eye was reddish and not the dark brown found on Glossy Ibis.
Upon further examination of my photos I could see a plum coloration to the bare skin located between the lines forming the border of the facial skin, a characteristic of a hybrid plegadis as identified by Arterburn and Grzybowski in 'Hybridization Between Glossy and White-faced Ibis'.
I also saw two ibis that looked like pure Glossy Ibis but could not get photos of reasonable quality as they were both feeding actively so moving in and out of the large flock. SeEtta