Reader Karen Bartelt sent us some nice photos from Big Bend National Park in Texas. The notes are hers:
The blue punk rocker is a phainopepla, Phainopepla nitens – one of the silky flycatchers. This was the bird that made the trip. It’s considered uncommon in the park. It was dusk, and the light was fading fast, but he held nice and still.
The next one has to be a black phoebe, Sayornis nigricans. However, most black phoebes have a lot more white below the “waist”. I would love other suggestions; I’ve been through the Big Bend bird list.
The next two are black-throated sparrows, Amphispiza bilineata:
Mexican jay, Aphelocoma wollweberi:
Greater roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus. We saw a lot of them, but this one walked up to me as I was resting in the shade. Not more than two feet away:
Lastly, not a bird, but a javelina, or collared peccary, Pecari tajacu: