I keep coming up with lots of valid excuses for not finishing anything. I seem to have everything half-started and that of course includes the project of going through the pictures from Colombia… But I am including a few pictures here although I am nowhere near done cropping and identifying everyone.
I have succumbed to the addictive distraction of the new BirdsEye app on my phone, which I downloaded before I went to Colombia along with the collection of Colombian bird songs. I added the monthly world-birder subscription (why not?) which automatically tells me where a bird was reported if I have an Internet connection. Another feature of the app is that it allows me to enter my life list without asking all the annoying questions like what day, what time, where were you precisely when you saw this bird…while at the same time syncing with whatever has been entered in ebird…so at last count I was somewhere around 1,236 with 5 or 6 countries to go… I still don’t consider myself a lister but I am just getting curious about the tally.
You will eventually hear more about the home birds, but Blue the Last Budgie died of ripe old age last week and Dudlee Ann the Diamond Dove did not stop talking to me or perhaps to his memory, so I promised to get her a new budgie (not wanting to cross the line and try to find her a mate of her own species…!) and since Saturday we have been getting used to Jer (short for Jeremy or Jerry, we haven’t decided yet what’s going to stick) and he to us. He is a lovely green and yellow youngster. I wanted to go with traditional color even as the PetSmart attendant tried to push a pure white or yet another blue budgie on me.
While we’re on distraction, how about that weather, huh? Warm one week and cold, raining and windy the next (presently). If I were migrating I wouldn’t be venturing north at the moment.
As you may be able to tell, we ran into some familiar species like the Neotropical migrant warblers above, in addition to those not so familiar.
I promise there will be more tanagers when I get them all organized. These just snuck in with the Yellow-Green Vireo when I forgot to change the name as I processed the photos (either before or after I fell asleep?).
I leave you with two more photos of the Black-Capped Donacobius which seemed so thrilled to see us they posed for a lot of pictures, making it that much harder for me to choose!
These birds are fabulous! Great work Lisa! 🙂
Thanks so much, HJ! It didn’t feel like work… 🙂 Who knew Yellow-Green Vireos eat bananas?
Whoa!! 1236 birds! That’s quite a life list. Makes my 281 look kinda puny. Of course, I haven’t covered all of the state of Texas, let alone other countries. When I was abroad, I wasn’t into birding. Great photos, though, Lisa. 🙂
The sad part is I don’t remember all 1236 of them…I suppose. The list will likely increase. I guess I got hooked by the simplicity of the app altogether. I would never try to figure out exactly where I was. Thanks, Bob!
Beautiful pictures…and commentary. Thanks, Lisa.
Thank you, Jim. You were right about Colombia! 🙂
The Blackburnian Warbler is a knockout. I see that it has been ringed.
Thanks. Yes, he is ringed or “banded.” Unfortunately the only way to find out where and when would be to recapture him.