A Hungarian immigrant who speaks several languages, I am a birder (birdwatcher to you laymen), in Los Angeles. I spent years working the weekends in a local emergency room, where I x-rayed rude drunk people, kids who fell off their bikes, and people who have had heart attacks. You will never catch me without my binoculars, a Swiss Army Knife, compass, and a flashlight. When I'm not birding, I write fiction.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Cassin you say Western Kingbird?
I guess he's a Cassin's Kingbird. Click on the picture, and he'll pop up full-sized on your screen. He was lighter than this photo shows:
The angle makes him look smaller ie.e younger than he is i.e. like a fledgling. This is merely foreshortening caused by the perspective from which I took the photo.
His tail feathers had no buff tips like those of a Cassin's Kingbird, and no white edges, like those of a Western KIngbird. The black lores are real.
The reason that you do not see the white chin spot of a Cassin's is that he does not have it: his face is the same homogeneous gray all over. Like I said, he's lighter gray than the photo implies.
I suppose he's a Cassin's Kingbird who is moulting into spring plumage. The book I should consult is buried under a pyle of books. Get it? A pyle of books? Oh, I crack myself up, sometimes!
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
JOSHUA TREE FOREST
PALMDALE, LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Counting phalaropes on Lake Palmdale with 7X35 binoculars: