Sunday, July 14, 2013


                                                                      Dickcissel








                                                             Moth on Thistle
                     

                                                    Fledgling Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

   The rain cooled things down quite a bit today, and I finally got out mid-afternoon at a pleasant 72 degrees, though a bit humid.  I finally got some close-ups of the Dickcissel, who actually flew as close to me as he ever has.  Now you can see all the markings on this bird.  It is only in the central U.S., and if you hear it, look in the tops of trees, as it doesn't go any lower.  Fortunately, he was on a small tree, and we were nearly face-to-face.

This fledgling flycatcher was constantly calling to a sibling, which is why it looks like it is doing what it is.  They seem to keep in constant touch with one another when they are separated.