Nuthatch at feeder
A cheery fellow in the low light of a Winter afternoon.
Mountain Chickadee in soft light
Later afternoon finds this little fellow near a feeder. Has a thinner bill and shorter tail than the Black-capped Chickadee. And the white eyebrow is a give away too.
Mallard Wing array
A common often overlooked duck. The colors are brilliant in late afternoon light.
Mallard Pair in napping mode.
2 Mallard pair napping
Mountain Chickadee afternoon stretch
Back lite and an afternoon stretch.
Red-breasted Nuthatch on branch.
1 Nuthatch red breasted
Sitta canadensis: found this male with Chicadees at the feeder. He is one half the size of the White-breasted Nuthatch.
Wood Duck Female
Note the yellow eye ring. She has been mucking about thus the muddy bill.
Wood Duck Male
That is a leaf in his bill. Can you count all the colors? Wow.
Mallard Duck wing pattern
Close up of the wings and the tail feather loop. What a piece of work is...a bird.
Rough-legged Hawk takes off
Moments later he had dinner. He was faster than I could follow as he dove on his field mouse.
Nice display of the under wings of the hawk.
Note the feathery legs.
Osprey December 2, 2017
This young female Osprey should have headed south in Sept or Oct at the latest. She has been seen along the Gardiner River in the Gardiner Canyon of Yellowstone NP. Head South gal...Winter is coming.
Buteo lagopus: Uncommon, seen around tree lined pastures...this one was on Mill Creek.
Rough-legged Hawk on perch
3 Rough-legged Hawk 3
Rough-legged Hawk takes flight.
3 Rough-legged Hawk 2
Aix sponsa: Only one reported seen in 39C. This was taking in Livingston, MT..11 29 17
Late afternoon light highlighted the colors.
Wood Duck Male.
Count the colors on this bird. I come away with at least 13 distinct colors. A pretty bird indeed.
The foreground duck is eyeing the red berries in the trees. A moment later he launched himself straight up and grabbed a berry and I was mystified . He was spotting berries 20 feet above him.
In the 1950's having a duck tail hair style for the guys was "way cool". Note the feathered back of the head.
Lophodytes cucullatus: a rare migrant to Dailey Lake..11 17 17. This is a shot from .5 miles away...only saw the one bird. Oh Boy.
Plectrophenax nivalis: Winters in the area but his a rare sight in the Paradise Valley. Here at Dailey Lake on 11 12 17.
Immature Bald Eagle grabs a Coot.
The Eagle hovered in a stiff breeze above the Coot which dove and dove to avoid the Eagle...Finally the Eagle timed the surfacing of the Coot and got his lunch.
Blown about by the wind while feeding on seeds.