Monday, December 13, 2010

Ash-Throated Flycatcher!

     Princess and I drove down on Saturday to Assateague Island National Seashore,  which has been a great site for end-of-the-year rarities. Hard to believe it's been two years since we got our life Snowy Owl there.
     Once again, Assateague didn't disappoint. After a nerve-racking 45 minutes, we found our quarry: an Ash-Throated Flycatcher, a southwestern species, that had been delighting birders throughout our region for several weeks. Last time we saw this bird was way out in Arizona, where it belongs, in April...

     Check out the gorgeous russet color on its tail feathers. Snapped this shot a quarter-second too late:

     Assateague is famous for its wild horses, which wander the island at will. There always have to be some tourist morons (tourons) who ignore signs in plain view that state not to feed the horses. It's bad for both man and beast.

     Later, we stopped by the famed Ocean City inlet. This Ring-Bulled Gull is beautiful in its own u-g-l-y way.


FAB said...

Thanks for sharing a a species I've never seen.

John B. said...

Ooh, great bird!

Kelly said...

...a beautiful little bird, and a great capture. I'm jealous. I've never been able to photograph one.