Archive for 'Passerines'

American Dipper braves cold temperatures and water

Early Morning Dipper

A lone American Dipper was moving slowly along the cold banks of the fog-covered Bitterroot River. Autumn is quickly drawing to a close as the first measurable snow lays on the fallen leaves.

European Starling - Winter Plumage

European Starling – Unappreciated Beauty

The European Starling, it is difficult to even utter that name, and not feel a shutter of uncomfortable disdain. But, after shooting this image with my new Nikon D7100, I have a renewed, no brand new, appreciation for this introduced species.

Singing Western Tanager

Western Tanager – A splash of sunshine in the understory

I have always dug Western Tanagers (even though they are not true tanagers). Their vibrant colors radiate through the shadows and boughs of the forest. This particular male was seen as I descended Mount Sentinel on the M side, high above Missoula, Montana.

Pacific Wren feeding its young

Pacific Wren feeding its young

While along Bass Creek in the Bitterroot Mountains, I stumbled across the quite aggressive Pacific Wren. The little bird was continuously scowling and coming within a couple of feet. Then, the first little dark fuzzball stumbled along a nearby bare branch. Within 2 minutes, 3 additional small, fuzzy wrens appeared, and the two adults were […]

Common Yellowthroat (male)

Common Yellowthroat pops into the clear

Common Yellowthroats are maddening little songbirds for me. They tend to stay within the tangles of brush or deep within the lattice-work of bulrushes and cattails. This habit makes obtaining reasonable image difficult to say the least.

Upright Warbling Vireo

Upright Warbling Vireo

After a long weekend filled with incredibly birding and photography opportunities, I am editing the hundreds of images (most going into the round file), and I found that this image of a rather cooperative Warbling Vireo from the Kim Williams Natural Area near Missoula to be my favorite of the weekend, What do you think […]

Brewer's Blackbird singing in the dew

Brewer’s Blackbird singing in the dew

Brewer’s Blackbird singing in the dew of the Bitterroot Valley, Montana

Dipper and Kayaker on Kootenai Creek

American Dipper and the Kayaker

American Dipper and Kayaker on Kootenai Creek enjoying the high water

Western Bluebird endures a snowy morning

Western Bluebird endures a snowy morning

Western Bluebird woke up this morning to a slight relapse of winter weather on Blue Mountain near Missoula, MT. No Baikal Teal this morning, but this guy was a nice consolation prize.

Cedar Waxwing in a crabtree

Cedar Waxwing in a crabtree

As I was freaking out about an overheating Subaru, I spotted roughly 25 Cedar Waxwings in adjacent trees to the garage. This fortunate circumstance eased my mind, and the car seems to be okay.

Canyon Wren surveying its rocky territory

Canyon Wren – Cascade of notes

Canyon Wren surveying its rocky territory near the Clark Fork River, Montana. Its song is a wonderful cascade of liquid notes.

American Dipper – Naturalist Minute

The American Dipper is the enigma of the songbirds…it swims and dives for its food. Living on the wildest of mountain streams, American Dipper is uniquely at home in the torrent. The Dipper has an extra translucent eyelid for seeing underwater. The Dipper’s feathers are water repellent, and it flies, yes FLIES, underwater. The dipper […]

Mid-stream American Dipper

American Dipper facing upstream during a foraging bout in Rattlesnake Creek near Missoula, Montana

Singing Pacific Wren from Kootenai Canyon

Pacific Wren sings to Spring’s arrival

Singing Pacific Wren from Kootenai Canyon in Montana

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