We have a good number of juvenile Lucifer Hummingbirds this month, which means breeding success in the area. We love learning that.
Here's a photo of a Pipevine Swallowtail floating dead in the big tank. For some reason, it fascinated me. Go figure!
There's been an unidentified kingbird hanging around the oasis since July 5th, but in my ignorance, I just decided it must be a Western. I knew its vocalizations weren't that of a Cassin's. The only two options, I assumed. Well, when Kelly saw it, he immediately observed that it had a forked tail, therefore had to be either a Couch's or Tropical Kingbird. Either one would be a new species for the oasis. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, I don't remember now what it sounded like (other than not a Cassin's, which I'm real familiar with). Here's Kelly's photo. I'll pay attention to the sounds it makes in the future if it hangs around, and if it calls. That's the only way to tell the two species apart, apparently.
|photo courtesy Kelly Bryan|
Headed to Alpine after everyone left, I watched showers here and there along the way. Not unusual this time of year. Any day now I'll get my tanks topped off. Meanwhile, I'm lavishing water on things.
|Kokernot Mesa, left center and Elephant Mountain, center|