I love how much activity there is right now! Click on pictures to enlarge.
They always look so elegant. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I am still seeing quite a few young tree swallows and was lucky enough the other day to see a young flycatcher (note the absence of the scissor-tail). Click on pictures to enlarge.
How elegant they look! Click on pictures to enlarge.
I love driving past a field and seeing them sitting on top of the tall grass. Click on pictures to enlarge.
The last couple of weeks have been full of new arrivals. I know I shouldn’t play favorites, but the scissor-tailed flycatchers are one of mine. Of course, the ruby-crowned kinglet is adorable and the singing of the brown thrasher can’t be beat. OK, maybe not so much favorites. 🙂 Click on pictures to enlarge.
This red-tailed hawk came flying out of nowhere, then I noticed the scissor-tailed fly catchers in hot pursuit. One seemed to be riding the poor hawk. There was a scissor-tail nest nearby, so while I feel bad for the hawk, I would imagine these were parents defending their nest. I’m not sure that the hawk doesn’t have something in her talons. Click on pictures to enlarge. More red-tailed hawk pictures here.
Not the best pictures in the world (mid-afternoon in shadows), but it was wonderful to watch the flycatcher parents coming and going and feeding the babies. We will make an early morning trip soon and I’ll try to get clearer shots. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I thought I was taking a picture of a scissor-tailed flycatcher in the tree. It wasn’t until we got home that we saw the nest. How neat is that! That certainly explains why the two adults were hanging around. 🙂 Click on pictures to enlarge.