I had too many wonderful encounters with birds to be able to get even the best ones into one blog. So this blog commences where the last blog left off. They include Montana Birds, and then the birds I found back in Texas this past fall. I have really love getting to see birds in their breeding plumage and giving the calls and songs they use to maintain their territories .
|Long-billed curlews bred in our prairies at Red Rock Lakes and often flew overhead calling|
|Western Grebe with a red-necked grebe on Widgeon Pond, Red Rock Lakes NWR - The western grebe was the only one but the red-necked grebe had a girlfriend follow him in a few days later.|
|Horned Lark in Breeding Dress|
|Yellow headed black-birds sang their whirring song - sounding more like |
a strange little toy than a bird.
|I only had these birds in my yard for a day - saw the parent feeding a child by my little creek - Evening grosbeaks.|
|Male Cassin's finch|
|Rufous Hummingbird - the yard bully|
|While the broad-tailed hummers would share a flower|
|One of our many Swainson's hawks - here hacking up a pellet|
|The barn owl with a second chance being released after being caught on barbed wire and rescued|
The rest of the pictures are from Texas.
|A few of a few hundred marbled godwits feeding in a field at Fort Travis on the Upper Texas Coast|
|A great blue and a tricolor heron show off their comparative sizes at Galveston State Park|
|Wood storks and roseate spoonbills on Champion Lake in Trinity River NWR|
|A comparison of the larger juvenile double-crested cormorant with the three little neotropical |
cormorants at Champion's Lake in the Trinity River NWR
Birds have played a huge part in my life this past year and I'm grateful for all of them and hope they will live on. Many of them are at risk.
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