Photos and Haiku for 29 May 2023

Rivers are raging

heavy winter snows melting

carnage for rafters

These photos were taken at the Corner Pocket rapid on the Animas River in Durango.
Can you see the man’s legs and feet in one photo?  And there is no one in the blue raft since both boaters fell out. You can see a paddle above the water that is probably being held onto by a person underwater.  Everyone was fine, just some damaged egos.

Photo and Haiku for 24 May 2023

Dips its tail downward

best way to identify

a Gray Flycatcher

Many of the flycatchers in the genus Empidonax are difficult to identify as they all look very similar. It’s one telltale move that helps to identify it is that it habitually dips its tail downward rather than the upward tail-flicking of some of its fellow Empidonax.

Photos and Haiku for 23 May 2023

Came back from a trip

bird feeders were on the ground

springtime bear lesson

I went to a birding festival in Cortez for a couple of days and when I came home one nyjer, one jelly, one hummingbird feeder and five seed and two suet feeders were taken down. I had been leaving them out all spring since there hadn’t been any bear signs in my area….so I took a chance and didn’t bring the feeders in when I left. Now I only have out one suet, one seed and one hummingbird feeder and bring them in at night.  When the seed and suet runs out that will be it for the summer.

The image with the bent black pole shows four feeders, three on the ground including one black nyjer feeder in the lower right.  The other image shows five feeders on the ground.

I am a bit embarrassed by the poor quality of the cell phone images.

Photos and Haiku for 18 May 2023

In rain at day’s end

Willets descend from above

Feels like a blessing.

I think that I counted 54 Willets.  I was alone out at a reservoir…in the pouring rain… on Saturday at the end of “the big day” where we were trying to get as many different species in the county as possible. There were a number of birders involved and we ended up getting a total of 151 different species.  Exhausting day.