Bullocks

Bullocks

The Oriole that is. Bight orange and beautiful the Bullocks Oriole. Who can resist that goatee and the Zoroesque mask. We typically see hundreds of Oriole nest in the winter and early spring but only catch a rare glimpse of the maker. This year we were lucky and got several nice opportunities.

Clearly Incompatible

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An Adult Black Crowned Night Heron was quietly minding their own business standing silently and hunting in that patient Nigh Heron way. Then along came the Ibises probing and prodding right in front of the heron.
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These two foraging styles were clearly incompatible and there heron quickly and elegantly took flight to find a quitter corner of the pond.
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Leaving the Ibises to have this spot for their own.
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Dependable

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It’s nice to have something you can depend on and Calliope Hummingbirds fit the definition of dependable spot on. Last year we saw our first Calliope on May 11th and this year a few appeared exactly to our feeder on May 11th. How they did that while completing an over 5,000 mile migration from the forests in Mexico where they winter beats me. These small guys are amazing little birds and no bigger than a ping-pong ball.

Snowy Monday

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Waiting patiently, both us, and this Snowy Egret. While the Egret is waiting for a meal we are awaiting the true arrival of spring. An unseasonable cold snap we are having brings to mind the T-Bone Walker classic “Stormy Monday” just substituting snowy for stormy on this particular day. Each spring is different and this one is no exception.

Happy Monday and hope your week is off to a great start.

Snowy Egret photographed just a few weeks ago. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.