Natural Happenings, Summer 2018

It’s been a hot summer, so far, in the upper Rio Grande Valley. The monsoon arrived on time – at the end of the first week of July, – but is now disappointing us with fewer thunder storms than we had hoped for. The Rufous and Calliope hummingbirds arrived with the monsoon – also on time – and, otherwise, we’ve been seeing baby birds of many species. I’ll start with the male Calliope hummingbird:


The male Rufous hummingbird:RufousDSCN2797RufousDSCN2845RufousDSCN2856The summer-long resident hummingbird is the Black-chinned:



Black-chinned female and male



Here is a just-fledged baby, probably a Black-chinned:Baby&FemaleBlack-chinnedDSCN2742BabyDSCN2755


Ash-throated flycatcher


Female Bullock’s oriole


Black-capped chickadee


Lesser goldfinch


Immature White-breasted nuthatch


Immature scrub jay


Sunset from our side door


Rio Grande reflections,  at Millers’ Landing

About believesteve

I am a photographer and author. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published five additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers 5. Rio Marañonñon/id1415174046?mt=11
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