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:

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

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Black-chinned female and male

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Female

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

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Ash-throated flycatcher

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Female Bullock’s oriole

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Black-capped chickadee

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Lesser goldfinch

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Immature White-breasted nuthatch

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Immature scrub jay

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Sunset from our side door

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Rio Grande reflections,  at Millers’ Landing

About believesteve

I am a photographer and 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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1 I have also published two additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id1244922282?mt=11 2. Coyote Buttes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201?mt=11
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