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Monday, September 27, 2010

Hammond's Flycatcher

This may not be the first Hammond's Flycatcher at my oasis, but it's the first one I photographed and ID'd positively.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A few migrants

Fall migration is always slow, but there seems to be less activity than usual for this time of year. The summer nesting species have gone and the wintering species haven't arrived yet. Here are a few migrants I captured with my camera.

Wilson's Warbler

Juvenile male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Vermilion Flycatcher

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hybrid hummingbird

Today we banded hummingbirds at the oasis and caught what appears to be a hybrid juvenile male. The bander (Kelly Bryan) says it's probably a hybrid between a Ruby-throated and  Black-chinned. Whatever it is, it's cool looking. I would love to see him as an adult with a full gorget.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Lovely oasis morning

With all the rain we've had this year, the oasis was a pleasure to explore in the cool of the morning. No mosquitos, no snakes, really great. I seldom have time to enjoy it. For those of you who can't come see for yourself, I took some photos.

Looking toward the wildlife pond from the hummingbird viewing area where visitors first arrive
Wildlife pond from east looking west in early morning light.

Looking toward the wildlife pond from the south edge of it. (Pretty hidden)

Looking SW over the wildlife pond.
Path through pine trees west of wildlife pond.

Looking east toward grotto water feature with early morning light filtering through.