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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Western Bluebird

On March 16th I had an Eastern Bluebird, so when I saw this one yesterday I just assumed it was an Eastern. Shame on me. It's a Western.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Exciting time of year

I just couldn't resist taking more Lucifer Hummingbird photos this morning. This awesome male posed in the Apricot Tree near where I was filling the hummingbird feeders.



Friday, March 19, 2010

Christmas Mountains' Christmas

My goal of taking a better photo of the Grasshopper Sparrow than the one I posted yesterday may not have been achieved (you be the judge), but I sure had fun trying. Click images to enlarge.


And while I was at it, I captured a few other birds with my camera. It got confusing at times with many dozen sparrows of at least 12 sparrow species flitting around. Here is a Cassin's that sang briefly.


And a couple spizellas (Clay-colored & Brewer's)



Today I saw my FOS female Lucifer Hummingbird. She seemed to welcome me with open arms, but it may have been the feeder she was happy to see.



And finally a Greater Roadrunner that was so eager to have her picture taken that I couldn't fit her all in the frame.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Grasshopper Sparrow today

My goal for tomorrow is to get a better photo of  this Grasshopper Sparrow that showed up at my oasis today. Meanwhile, this one will have to do.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bluebird heralds spring

Every day is Christmas in the Christmas Mountains. Interesting birds are starting to visit my oasis on their way north. Today I had a beautiful male Vermillion Flycatcher that I never got close enough to to get a decent shot of, but I did get quite a few of an Eastern Bluebird when it perched above my water feature.


Here's my poor documentary photo of the Vermilion Flycatcher.



Sunday, March 14, 2010

Lucifers are back

I couldn't resist taking a few photos of this gorgeous male, even though he was really too far away for a good shot. Notice the band on his right leg. Most likely it is a bird banded by Kelly Bryan last year. Click on image to enlarge.