When I’m on the road it’s easier for me to post readers’ photographs from emails than from my folder (which I’ll bring to Poland nonetheless), so by all means send me your good photograph on Friday or thereafter. Today we feature our most stalwart stalwart, Stephen Barnard from Idaho.
Stephen originally identified this as a “Female Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) in various poses,” but he now says this:
Social media is trending toward female Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope), and I tend to agree, mostly because of the short tail compared to the Broad-tailed. The Internet is a marvelous thing. The females and juveniles of these species are very hard to tell apart. The mature breeding males are super obvious. [JAC: I’ve put a photo of a male below.]
Here’s a photo of a male Calliope Hummingbird in its mating display, when it fans out its chin feathers (photo from Trek Nature):
This bull moose (Alces alces) got Deets’s [the border collie’s] attention this morning. I like the backlighting on the velvet antlers.
Spot the nighthawk [Chordeiles minor]: