A Big Day for the Birds, Embudo, NM.
Yesterday, July 7, 2015, was a good day for birding. In the late afternoon, I began setting up to photograph the hummingbirds that come to the feeder on our back deck. I was hoping to photograph the Rufous male that had recently shown up. But then I heard a plaintive repeated call off to my right, and looked over to the bird houses just a few yards away. Perched there and crying for attention was the (or one of the) juvenile Ash-throated flycatcher(s) that had been born and raised in one of those houses. Then I noticed a blue bird in a bush, just to the side of the bird houses. It was a blue grosbeak, and sat long enough for me to photograph it. I am thrilled with these, my first photographs of a blue grosbeak. I was using my Nikon D80 with 70-300mm lens, zoomed all the way out. I never did get to photograph the Rufous male yesterday, but got flash photos of Black-chinned hummers instead. Maybe today I’ll get to photograph Señor Rufous.