Hello There!

Hello There

Long time no see! This Pine Marten reminded me of that. He was in my camp in the Rocky Mts of Colorado.

To catch up, I left the Tetons and camped on the edges of most of the wilderness areas that surrounded the Tetons and Yellowstone. Then I moseyed down to Colorado. Boy is Colorado crowded!  I took a time out from blogging and had/have very little communication due to lack of wifi or cell or electric. Camping as remotely as my rig will allow me.

But will fill you all in with a few photos from where I left you in the Tetons on next few posts.

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He had a soft growl and bark like a dog and a purr like a cat. They like to eat birds, voles, mice, seeds, eggs, squirrles,  insects and even rabbits. Whatever they can find. About the size of a small cat. Very agile in the trees.  Weasle family.

 

 

 

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Hi from the Tetons

Just a quick Hi! to let everyone know I am well and visitng the Tetons in Wy.

399’s 2016 coy waving goodbye to us after the ranger said we needed to move back.{coy is first year cub} no really he/she stood up and waved at us!! How cute is that???

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Big Tire

Big tire or little colt? so cute.

Big Tire

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Mackay, Idaho

Ok, I will eventually catch up where I was since eastern Arizona. But for now, I am in Mackay Idaho. Spring is starting, creatures abound. Love this area.

This baby yearling moose got kicked off from mom. She is somewhere near with new youngsters.

Moose yearling

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Killdeer

they are dang cute

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must have a nest near

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Tail detail

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and yup…the nest. not much defining it. I took the egg photo with cell phone

egg

 

 

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Full time camping/birding

Well, it has been awhile since I posted. I have traveld across Arizona in a wagon wheel fashion with the hub being Phoenix where my brother lives.

I have had some interesting camps. My favorite being one in the Chiricachua Mts. in south eastern Arizona. This borders right onto New Mexico. Higher elevation so found the coolness I needed and plenty of shade and even a stream that ran right along the camp ground. I met up with some friends in Portal to camp and do some birding. I liked it so much I stayed close to 14 days. Met plenty of other serious birders (unlike me a dabler)and made several friends from Alaska , Yukon, Main, Ca. I hope to visit all someday.

There were numerous of Javalinas, (related to the elephant not the pig) and white tail deer. Lots of interesting birds.

Several of us spent many days on three specific birds. Trying to get good photos. I never did get something I was happy with but here are the three.

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Blue Throated Humming Bird

Blue throated

Above is the Blue Throated Humming Bird about 5 inches not shy

Magnificient

The Magnificient at 5 1/4 inches.  Moved around super fast and usually keep his back to the sun, his coloring is spectacular if I could have only got it.

Painted Red Start

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The painted Red Start. I love the little bit of white under the eye. This little devil only appeared for a very brief time in the mornings always in this tree then dissapeared into thicker conifers and then left after a few days.

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Interesting rareish birds

The green kingfisher is a resident breeding bird which occurs from southern Texas in the USA south through Central and South America to central Argentina. This small kingfisher breeds by streams in forests or mangroves. Wikipedia

This photo was heavily cropped. This bird is very busy, hard to get photos. Near Patagonia Lake, Az

Green Kingfisher

The bird above is a female, was very small surprisingly. On the move then sit tight for a look at the water for her lunch.

Below: The trogons and quetzals are birds in the order Trogoniformes which contains only one family, the Trogonidae. The family contains 39 species in seven genera. The fossil record of the trogons dates back 49 million years to the Early Eocene. Wikipedia

Trogan

This bird above a bit larger than a robin. Very pretty. Very still. Both photos taken hand held with a 80-400 in undercover dark light. Pushed isos to get fast enough speed to get sharp enough. They winter in Mexico/texas. This one is a year round resident at Patagonia Lake. But has been only recorded seen about once a week .

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