Finally Some Opportunities to Shoot a Few Birds
I drove north from my campsite on Ogilby Road to check out the Cibola NWR, a refuge I have visited twice before. The fields were green but the birdlife pretty sparse at the refuge, perhaps because the migrants have already taken wing to begin their northward migration.
However, the Burrowing Owls were here as they usually are, and I can never resist spending some time with these diminutive ( about the size of a pigeon ) little raptors.
Back home at the campsite, the feeders I have put out are finally attracting some action, such as this male Anna’s Hummingbird,
this male Costa’s Hummingbird,
this female ??? hummingbird, with spider’s silk wrapped on it’s beak,
and this male Rufous Hummingbird.
The female hummingbirds coming to the feeders far outnumber the more colorful males, although this female Rufous is fairly colorful herself.
My tray feeders have attracted White-crowned Sparrows,
along with these unidentified sparrows,
plus a few House Finches and one solitary Verdin, drawn in by the oranges I put out in the tree. Unfortunately, the little Verdin has been completely uncooperative in allowing me to catch him in action.
With my dental work complete, I hope to now be able to spend some serious time attempting to get some decent Hummingbird shots.
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