Welcome to Week #44 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #44 challenge is Birds beginning with the letter “F” (if a bird has more than one word of the name, you can use it as long as it begins with a “F”, ie: Ferruginous Hawk or House Finch)
The feature image is a male Northern Flicker spotted at the edge of the golf course and county park that we were hiking in Bozeman, Montana on our last day of vacation in September, 2019.
I have shared some new photos and some photos that have been posted previously. Unfortunately, I’m still having nausea from getting my vaccine on Wednesday. For the most part, I’m feeling better but I’m not 100% yet. I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal self. Thank you for your patience and all the kind comments. Just so you know, I wouldn’t change my decision on getting the vaccine at all! Hope you enjoy my “F” birds because I could have certainly inserted some “F” bombs while creating this post as my tummy gurgled and I felt fire pushing into my esophagus like it was going to tear me apart.
This Northern Flicker was spotted at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park as we had finished our paddle on our last day to visit the park. What a treat!
A female House Finch was perched up nicely while we were hiking in Floyd Lamb Park just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada a few years ago.
This is one of many male House Finches that visited our feeders this past winter and spring.
This is not a great image, however, I’m sharing it to show there was a variant visiting our feeders in December, 2020. Rona isn’t the only variant around. These are two male House Finches. The one on the right had yellow and orange plumage. The difference in colors has everything to do with diet. The variant finch on the right has been eating something with more Beta-carotene in it which causes yellow to orange pigments.
Florida Scrub Jay proudly displays his attitude at Cape Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville, Florida. Their habitat is a small range and you have to get lucky to see them. This is not a bird that makes it on our yearly list every year.
Ferruginous Hawk seen along the main highway in Emigrant, Montana during our visit in 2019. There were two hunting in the field behind this powerline.
The lone American Flamingo located at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge near Tallahassee, Florida. I share this every chance I get. This is more uncommon (rare) than the Florida Scrub Jay. Flamingos are symbolized with Florida culture but the truth is, they don’t habitat the state except in the Everglades. They migrate there and are difficult to spot. This one Flamingo is believed to have gotten caught up in Hurricane Michael and has never left the area. When I say lone…it is the only one at this refuge or anywhere in the panhandle and most of Florida!
This Vermillion Flycatcher was a wonderful surprise while we hiked in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2017. This was taken with my small 210mm lens. I can only image what this photo would look like with my full frame 200mm lens I have now. Okay, I’m done dreaming about what could have been.
Next time…Week #45 – Birds in Flight. (4/30/21)