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~A feathered ember in a desert landscape…

~South Llano River State Park – April 2022

A feathered ember in a desert landscape, the male Vermilion Flycatcher is exactly what its name says: a brilliant red bird that hawks flying insects from conspicuous perches on shrub tops and fences.

This perfectly describes these birds. (taken from All About Birds).

I “chased” these birds around the park for four days. I was able to capture the female pretty well; however, the male was more difficult. He didn’t sit still very long. They are fun to watch. They land on a tree branch and fly up into the air to catch bugs.

Male

Females are delightful in their own way, subtle gray-brown birds with a warm salmon-red blush to the underparts. Though they barely reach the southwestern U.S., this species is common all the way through Central America and much of South America.

Female

I did see a male Vermillion Flycatcher at Torrey Island Campground near Belle Glade, FL. It is listed as rare for this area.

~~ Happy Birding~~

 

~Birding in Texas, Pine Siskin

~South Llano River State Park, Junction, TX, November, 2017

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Pine Siskin

Although it is patterned like a sparrow, its shape, actions, and song all reveal that this bird is really a goldfinch in disguise.

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Note the shape of the bill.

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It was fun to observe 30+ Pine Siskin up close. In Colorado I would see them while hiking; however they tended to flit high in the trees out of photo range.

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Cammouflage

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To learn more about the Pine Siskin go to: Pine Siskin.