Good Evening

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Hello Mr Grosbeak what a big bill you have.

The Evening Grosbeaks have made an extended appearance this spring and we are enjoying seeing them in the trees nearby. Such a large finch (about 6.5-7.0″), that imposing beak and so darn colorful they really stand out compared to the other birds in the Finch family that typically hang out in our forests like the demure (5″) Pine Siskin and slightly larger (6″) Cassins Finch.

Ephemeral

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Desert flowers enjoying the morning dew as we start on a hike in the canyon lands of the Colorado Plateau. These flowers seem to last only a day at the most. Knowing this we enjoy their beauty all the more. A life lesson taught flowers.

Yellow

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Mostly yellow and just a touch of green on a cloudy spring afternoon.

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Yellow bells ringing and although short and sometimes hidden in the grass they make a statement that is always bold.

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Arrow-leaf Balsamroot is just now riding into town and when in full abundance paints the fields with that sunny shade of yellow.

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Now on the wane yet still holding on the Biscuit root is one of those flowers inside a flower inside a flower. Fascinating to look at from macro to micro and back again.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Little Grebe

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A little Pie Billed Grebe affectionately described by All About Birds as “Part Bird-Part Submarine” for their ability to quickly dive like a submarine when threatened. Luckily this one did not feel threatened and we were able to observe them swimming in this small river hunting for their morning meal.