Tri-County Revisited

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

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.

Barn Swallow Nestlings IMG_4081_1

This Gray Catbird could not have picked a less colorful background…

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

or the Mourning Dove below. A lot of gray tones going on here. But the morning light gives the dove its pinkish color anyway.

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

I confess I am presently too lazy to figure out this wildflower. If you know this blossom, please chime in.

Wildflower

Wildflower

Widow Skimmers are pretty common, though. Enough to be readily identified.

Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

Then there was the Red-Winged Blackbird that took on the Red-Tailed Hawk.

Red Tail with RWBB IMG_4348_1

The hawk was not happy.

Red-Tail with RWBB IMG_4347_1

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).

Red Tail with RWBB IMG_4353_1

Even this Tree Swallow, which is normally quite blue-looking, looks gray here as it naps.

Tree Swallow taking a nap

Tree Swallow taking a nap

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.

Willow-Alder Flycatcher

Willow-Alder Flycatcher

And the most noble gray bird is also blue…and always a welcome sight.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

More to come from the field soon. I also have some recordings coming up. But tomorrow’s early rise calls.

6 thoughts on “Tri-County Revisited

  1. I found your site through the Tree Swallow tag. πŸ™‚ I wonder if your Tree Swallow is a youngster. I think I see a hint of the gape flange. Young ones are not blue.
    Your unknown flowers look to be a type of Cow Slobber. That is a lesser known common name of Spiderwort. We have the Ohio variety in our little native patch, but we prefer calling it Cow Slobber. This appeals to the little boys we have running around.
    http://www.gpnc.org/spiderwo.htm
    You have some nice photos. It’s been awhile since I’ve been out taking pictures of birds. Many of them are through the windows right now until it cools down a bit.

    • Thanks for your comment. I’m sure you’re right about the Tree Swallow…and a juvenile should be napping anyway. πŸ™‚ Thanks also for the Spiderwort, I won’t forget it now. The heat has made me too lazy to look up things myself.

    • Thanks! I suspect the Red-Winged Blackbirds spend a some part of every day harassing hawks this time of year. I have more flying Great Blues coming. I have yet to get close enough to one that isn’t in transit this year. πŸ™‚

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