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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Time for Anna's to leave

This is the male currently at my oasis. They'll be leaving sometime in January so I'm taking my final photos of them.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gorgeous Anna's Hummingbird

He was so beautiful I couldn't stop taking his picture.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Ross's Goose in Alpine

This is the first Ross's Goose I've ever seen in Alpine. It came to our large backyard pond. When I tried to get a closer photo of it, it flew away along with some Mexican Ducks that seemed to be in company with it. I initially ID'd it as a Snow Goose but sharp Texbirders got me straightened out quick. Thanks all.

Anna's iced again

Today he's been feeding even when it was 20ยบ. If you look closely you can see some ice or snow on the underside of his tail. (Alpine)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

De-iced Anna's Hummingbird

Well, today it is on its same perch looking none the worse for its icy experience. (Alpine)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lewis's Woodpecker new plumage

It's looking better to me, so maybe it's done with its molt. This photo was taken today from quite a distance. The ground was covered with snow and it was cold so I didn't hang around long. Although it appears inactive in this photo, it was actually very active. (near Ft. Davis)

Icy Anna's today

This photo speaks for itself. Unlike airplanes, it had no trouble flying with an icy tail. Photo taken in Alpine.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Anna's still around

Here is a photo I took in Alpine today of an Anna's that I'm not sure is an adult male or juvenile male.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lewis's Woodpecker

Dale Ohl had reported a Lewis's Woodpecker along Highway 118 between Alpine and Ft. Davis, just south of a rest area. I located it there this morning along the highway where it goes through Calamity Creek Ranch property. Its favorite perch was the ranch gate post. It appears to be molting. Hopefully, it'll stick around so we can see its brand new plumage.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Molting Anna's Hummingbirds

This seems to be the time that Anna's trickle into the Big Bend area and molt before returning west to nest. Here are what the males look like while molting. Notice all the white pin feathers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Welcome to my blog...

I decided to give up my web site and try a blog site instead. My hope is that it will be easier to keep current and more interactive. Questions and comments are always welcome. Thanks. Carolyn Ohl-Johnson.