While near Lake John in Walden, CO we came across a Cinnamon Teal Bachelor trying to move in and displace the male of the pair from several groups that had already paired up. Each time the bachelor came close the males would bob their heads in display and when the bachelor got too close the paired-up males would chase the bachelor off. Sometimes the chase was mild but in this case the chase was full throttle as the paired male dove from the shore and chased the bachelor with all his might. The bachelor was persistent in his attempts but when we left he had yet to displace an already paired up male from his female.
One of my favorite songbirds of the grasslands is the Savannah Sparrow. I am always happy to hear the male singing from on top of sagebrush or other small shrubs in the places we go.
What an amazing looking little bird to spend some time watching. He hopped around from branch to branch and getting a photo or two seemed in the end pure luck.
All about birds had this to say “A tiny, long-tailed bird of broadleaf forests and scrublands, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher makes itself known by its soft but insistent calls and its constant motion” and it sure fit this guys behavior to a tee.
To read ore about this bird visit https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue-gray_Gnatcatcher/lifehistory