As a lifelong birder and wildlife watcher, it’s still a thrill to spot a something I’ve never seen before. Since the last Species Parade, I got lucky twice:
I spotted a pair of American Dippers, small waders who were feeding, splashing, and swimming in the Mancos River. Dippers, I learned, are North America’s only truly aquatic song bird.
I noticed a Northern Pygmy Owl, perched on a dead scrub oak in the canyon where I live. These tiny owls (about the size of a bluebird) prey on mostly songbird species about their size.
Thankfully, both species were not flighty and I was able to capture them over a few minutes.
Otherwise, it’s been a quiet winter. Spring has sprung, bringing the return of songbirds, sparrows, and the predators who feed on them.
Golden Mantled Squirrel
Red-Winged Black Bird
Great Blue Heron
Red Shafted Flicker
Black Capped Chickadee
Dark-Eyed Junco (and its many varieties)
Ringed Turtle Dove
Great Horned Owl
Western Screech Owl
Northern Pygmy Owl