February 20, 2017

Golden naped Tanager

Golden naped tanager, Tandayapa, Ecuador.
Just the same old birds around the feeders so another shot from warmer climates.

Tangara ruficervix

The Golden-naped Tanager is omnivorous and eats arthropods, fruit, and nectar.

February 19, 2017

Red breasted nuthatch.

A pond bird from warmer times.

Sitta canadensis

Red-breasted Nuthatches migrate southward earlier than many irruptive species. They may begin in early July and may reach their southernmost point by September or October.

February 16, 2017

Golden Tanager

Golden tanagers, Tandayapa, Ecuador, March 2016

Tangara arthus

The Golden Tanager occurs in groups of up to five individuals that travel in mixed species flocks, usually with other species of tanager

February 15, 2017

Fly over

A low pass by a bald eagle.

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Rather than do their own fishing, Bald Eagles often go after other creatures’ catches. A Bald Eagle will harass a hunting Osprey until the smaller raptor drops its prey in midair, where the eagle swoops it up. A Bald Eagle may even snatch a fish directly out of an Osprey’s talons. Fishing mammals (even people sometimes) can also lose prey to Bald Eagle piracy.

February 14, 2017

Magnolia warbler.

Still eager for the spring migration.
In the meantime here's a male magnolia warbler decked out in breeding plumage.

Setophaga magnolia

The name of the species was coined in 1810 by Alexander Wilson, who collected a specimen from a magnolia tree in Mississippi. He actually used the English name "Black-and-yellow Warbler" and used "magnolia" for the Latin species name, which became the common name over time.

February 13, 2017

Double crested cormorant.

Another summer shot taken from the pontoon.

Phalacrocorax auritus
The double-crest of the Double-crested Cormorant is only visible on adults during breeding season. The crests are white in cormorants from Alaska, and black in other regions.

February 12, 2017

Yellow-crowned Euphonia

Yellow-crowned Euphonia at Tandayapa, from our 2016 trip to Ecuador.

There are only to flat places in Ecuador, the airport and the soccer field.
Euphonia luteicapilla