Fuzzy

Fuzzy Purple Asters up high near tree line. It seems that when you ascend up towards the tundra the Asters become more fuzzy. A fur coat to protect against the chilly nights?

The butterflies like them as much as I do.

Photographed in August near tree-line in Central Colorado.

Black Necked Stilt

One of my favorite wading birds is the Black Necked Stilt. The Audubon guide says “Everything about the Black-necked Stilt seems delicate — from its incredibly thin stilt-legs to its slim wings and its needle-like bill — yet it manages to thrive on the sun-baked flats around shallow lakes, some of them in searing climates.”

They are truly amazing birds and have the second longest leg length to body ratio of wading birds only surpassed by Flamingos.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-necked_Stilt/lifehistory

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-necked-stilt

Like air

This little dragonfly seemed as small and ethereal as the air in which they flew. I am not sure the exact species of Dragonfly but this one was one of the smallest I have seen this year. Perhaps a juvenile?

They were hovering about then occasionally landing on the fall grasses out in a field where we take a walk. This one had what looked to be eggs attached to their body. Do Dragonflies or Damselflies do that?

Barely as long as a few grains on the grass.

Peeking out.

A Wilson’s Snipe peeking out from the grass in which they were very well hidden.

We saw and waited for quite some time for this guy to move out from behind the grasses in which we could just barely see them moving around foraging.

This is the most we captured but sometimes just a peek is more than enough.

In the Aspens

A little flycatcher, a willow or perhaps a yellow or least,  the exact type we are unable to determine sits quietly in the Aspens on a cloudy fall day in SW Colorado. If you are skilled at ID’ing these guys feel free to let us know what exact species you think it is.