Photos and Haiku for 14 May 2022

Women’s March today

For their reproductive rights

Heartened by young ones

I went and photographed The Women’s Reproductive Rights march in Durango.  It was a great turn out.   I took almost 100 images.
What was really great were all of the young people (high school and younger)  that participated. Hopefully they can do a better job with this country and the planet than my generation.

Photos and Haiku for 12 May 2022

Three-toed Woodpecker

Heard forest distant drumming

Patience. Luck. Photos.

Katy, my birding buddy and I went looking for the American Three-toed Woodpecker today.  We had yet to see this elusive bird and decided to go look for one.  We knew that it likes to hang out in recently burned areas so we drove to a likely area where one had reportedly been  seen on several occasions. On a chilly morning we hiked a short distance on a trail and eventually heard distant drumming.  An app on our phone confirmed it was the bird that we were looking for..  The drumming was way up on a very steep hill and Katy and I searched for a way to bushwhack up to where the drumming was coming from.  We had gone a short way when the bird started drumming closer and near to the trail.  We descended and finally spotted the bird and I was able to carefully maneuver and get some photos.  Audubon says “They obtain food directly by scaling, flaking or pecking off the bark.”  A number of my photos show this behavior.

Photo and Haiku for 09 May 2022

The Earth needs moisture

A pillar of dust spinning

Wind and drought persists

I really don’t have any images of the drought and very windy conditions that we are experiencing here in the southwest so I am using this photo from Samburu.   There have been extremely high winds across the southwest day after day.  The land needs a lot of moisture and there is none in the forecast.  Wildfire is a real and present danger.
Boy, Dust Devil, Samburu Village near Archer’s Post, Kenya Africa

Photos and Haiku for 07 May 2022

Here’s Clark Nutcrackers

Adult feeding a young one

Outside my window

This is a fun series of photos taken this morning through my east facing kitchen windows of an adult Clark’s Nutcracker feeding suet to a young one that was obviously born this spring. It is always a good idea to have a camera handy because you never know what you are going to see.

Photo and Haiku for 06 May 2022

A Cassin’s Sparrow

it’s rare in my area

Prefers dry grasslands

This is a very rare bird for my area.  It was seen and photographed a few days ago so, of course, I had to go out and see if I could see it and maybe get a few photos.  The photos aren’t that great, but it was mid-day and the lighting was not very good.  I waited 2.5 hours before I could see it and get some photos.  It is a ground feeder so was hanging out in high grass and not visible until it hopped up on a fence with a grasshopper in its bill.

Photo and Haiku for 19 April 2021

A flash grabs my eye

First hummer of the season

Each day a new gift

When I went out this morning, there was a flash of green that dove at a red colored feeder containing sunflower seeds.  I quickly got out a hummingbird feeder from the shop and hurriedly mixed up a 4:1 sugar solution, let it cool and put up the feeder….I was out all morning birding and at lunch time I saw one hummer at the feeder….I quickly grabbed my camera and got only one image before it flew off and did not come back….I’m wondering if I hurriedly mixed up the solution incorrectly……one thing I do know is that i need to wash my windows……