On Jan 5 & 6, I made a couple more trips to add more birds to my year list – and enjoy whatever other sights were encountered along the way. This doe sure kept a close eye on me as I walked one of the trails at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.
There was little open water at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, but the water birds were making due and the light was just right for displaying the colors in plumage that often looks black, as with this common goldeneye. The head of this species often appears to be black. In this light we can see there is more color there.
The tail-up posture of nothern pintails gives them a proud appearance, does it not?
This pair of pileated woodpeckers chased each other in a dance around the cottonwood tree trunk.
The dance concluded, the two flew to separate trees and one landed close to me on a burned snag.
The following day I birded the Mission Valley. With rough-legged hawks seemingly being present on every power pole or fence post, I suppose it was inevitable that eventually I would roll up on one, using my car as a blind, and have one sit still, despite how flighty these birds are. I think that’s because I interrupted her meal.
48 bird species on the year list, and counting…