I saw this bouncy little Gnatcatcher and was happy to get many shots of it so I could identify its species at my leisure.
Try as I might, I could not manage to turn it into a Black-capped or Black-tailed Gnatcatcher. It was 'only' a lovely garden variety Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, as evident from its undertail feathers that is so kindly showed off to me. Hum.. on second thought, maybe...
|Dusky-capped Flycatchers that seemed to be everywhere|
When I left Fort Huachuaca Canyon, yet again it took me twice as long to find my way out of the facility, than it had taken to squirrel my way in. When I managed find my way through the maze of streets and out, I headed for the San Pedro house.There are xeriscape display gardens and lots of hummingbird feeders around the house, which headquarters the Friends of the San Pedro River and sells lots of books, gears - and my favorite items - cloisonne pins.
But before buying anything I bite the bullet, finding myself tromping down the dry, dusty trail to the river. There I found a couple of ducks were paddling about. They were Mexican ducks one of the stranger Mallard subspecies in which the male duck's plumage resembles the female, as though the males are in duck drag.
|Very likely a bonded pair Mexican Ducks, i.e., a male & a female|
|Hello! Do you have a license to show off such blindingly bright color, Mr. Vermillion Flycatcher?|
|Mrs. Vermillion Flycatcher in her |
more somber plumage featuring pinkish pantaloons
|This fellow, a Green-tailed Towhee (basically a |
giant sparrow), wears a ginger punk haircut
|A Cassin's Kingbird - found in California, but by me? Not too often|
After the lively conversation I went outside to watch hummingbird feeders being sucked dry by the ravid & bright hummingbirds; nice way to end the day.