Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Twitching a Hummingbird
Although I don't really think of myself as a twitcher, or a bird-chaser, or a rarity-seeker, I must admit that I was happy to go to the American Museum of Natural History to see this gorgeous hummingbird. What a treat during winter! Apparently it is probably a rufous hummingbird, although it is a bit of an open question.
After spending some time with the hummingbird I went into the park and by Tanner's Spring saw this red-tailed hawk hunting.
It looks like a juvenile from the tail.
This pair of northern shovelers were circling around each other in a very tight little circle. My guess is that they are pair-bonding. Duck flirting! :-)
I found the pet memorial Christmas tree in the ramble, but there were too many people around to get a decent picture. I love that tree!
Okay, I have seen squirrels beg from tourists many times, but this is ridiculous! I don't thing the squirrel even wants some of the hawk's pigeon.........
This was a different hawk, an adult.
It's a great day that starts with a hummingbird and includes two perched hawks. This brown creeper coming right over was a nice way to end the walk!