Today we have bird photos from three folks, the first being reader Karen Bartelt. Her notes:
I just got back from a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. I thought I’d send things as they get processed. These hummingbirds are from a rural area near the town of Ibarra in northern Ecuador. The first is a Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans). The last two are of a male Black-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia victoriae victoriae). This subspecies is said to have the longest tail. I did see females, but only got one poor photo; enough to know that her tails are about half as long as the male’s.
I love this silhouette:
Anne-Marie Cournoyer contributed a lovely but somewhat rumpled (with bedhead) northern flicker (Colaptes auratus):
And a hybrid (our first) from reader Randy Schenck:
Watching a group of 6 Canadian geese in the back yard today it took a bit before I realized that one was not a Canada Goose but it took some checking to determine what it could be. It did not look like Greylag Goose but close. Then I found it, a hybrid of both species (Anser anser Χ Branta canadensis). Where would we be without the internet?