20 August 2010

Hummingbirds etc

Most of us with hummingbird feeders up notice an increase in activity during this time of year.  Thus, most of this post will go to photos I've taken in the last 2 days.

First, I managed some ok light on this male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD that has taken claim to one of our hummingbird feeders here in the yard:

The Armstrong's who live west of Des Moines have a RUFOUS/ALLEN'S visiting their feeders.  Ashley and I spun down this morning to take a look:


I tried to capture some shots of the inner tail feathers but that, as it always is, proved to be rather difficult:

Moving on from hummingbirds though, warblers are FINALLY starting to trickle through.  Lately we've had:

American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler

Red-eyed, Warbling, and Yellow-throated Vireos
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Baltimore Oriole
Least Flycatcher
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

While down at Saylorville, we stumbled on 15 CASPIAN TERNS the other day.  I don't think I had seen quite that many at one time here in Iowa.  No Royal's though.  :-(

Speaking of terns though, we had a treat while at Hendrickson Marsh in eastern Story county.  We were scanning through a handful of BLACK TERNS when we saw a juvenile LEAST TERN mixed in.  This species is usually pretty tough to find away from their breeding grounds (usually only far western IA).  Sadly, a visit a couple days later yielded no LETE.