Always a highlight for every trip. This Gyrfalcon posed for me, but I was fumbling with my gear and got what I deserved … As backlit as it can get.
This Snowy Owl was found just 2.5mi north of Waterville. The sun had already set.
While listening to singing Townsend’s Solitaires and watching a smallish flock of Bohemian Waxwings at Palmer Lake, I noticed this Cassin’s Finch.
What bothered me about this bird was the abundant blurry streaking, more reminiscent of Purple Finch (I was shooting for a possible Eastern here). The bird’s back seemed very crisp in the field. What made this a Cassin’s for me are the following (please speak up if you disagree):
- Eye arcs!
- Long primary projection
- Very conical bill (not that visible in the shot below)
- Crest is behind the eye
- Crisp streaking on the vent (Eastern Purple doesn’t have that, Western usually does)
This poor shot shows the streaking on the vent.
The bills shows here …
Can you say Gray Partridge? Easily the best looks I ever had of a noisy, almost stationary flock.