Sunday, January 26, 2014

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Here's some pictures from yesterday's outing at Estero Llano Grande.

First, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. The photos are deceiving - it never stops moving, flitting. It is tiny. According to my Sibley it is 4 1/2" inches long (half tail) and weighs in at a hefty 5 grams. That means it would take a pair of them to equal the weight of one thin dime. This fragile, insect powered half-a-dime will migrate 1000 miles north to breed, build a beautiful little nest, and raise it's family. Think about that for a few minutes - just to put life in perspective.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

Pied-billed Grebe.

Plain Chachalaca

Inca Dove


Common Yellowthroat clamped to a reed overhanging the mucky pond edge. Another small bird, one of the Wood-warblers. I hate it when they name something "Common". We do not have to accept this shit. Hencefore, this shall be known as the "Uncommonly Fine and Special Yellowthroat".

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