Here are a few more pictures from two weeks ago that I never got around to. Like the one above, where the Barn Swallows were close to the bridge, but I was not tall enough to take a complete picture. (Age creeps up slowly until you notice… I don’t feel shorter, but certain things are suddenly out of reach!)
I did get a shot of a couple nestlings in their shelter mud nest.
This Gray Catbird could not have picked a less colorful background…
or the Mourning Dove below. A lot of gray tones going on here. But the morning light gives the dove its pinkish color anyway.
I confess I am presently too lazy to figure out this wildflower. If you know this blossom, please chime in.
Widow Skimmers are pretty common, though. Enough to be readily identified.
Then there was the Red-Winged Blackbird that took on the Red-Tailed Hawk.
The hawk was not happy.
Click on the pictures if you want to see them larger (I just figured out how to do this, it’s only been 2 years).
Even this Tree Swallow, which is normally quite blue-looking, looks gray here as it naps.
To make identification of Empidonax flycatchers easier on us, ebird allows us to check off “Willow-Alder” instead of making it definitely one or the other. While I heard a Willow and I believe this is probably a Willow, I’m not so sure because I did not see it in conjunction with hearing its call.
And the most noble gray bird is also blue…and always a welcome sight.
More to come from the field soon. I also have some recordings coming up. But tomorrow’s early rise calls.