Roosevelt Elk Bachelors hang with the cow herd during early summer months. Late in the summer these fellows get run off by the Bulls when fighting begins to determine supremacy in the herd and the genes that will succeed in the next generation .
English Sparrow (sometimes called a House Sparrow).
Several of these sparrows frequented branches of this tree in mid-day light and breezes. It’s as if this male posed for a classic photo of his breed.
More visits to the “watering hole” (leaking fire hydrant) has confirmed the theory that several breeds of song birds (including English Sparrows) are relying on this fresh water source near Humboldt Bay, California.
Redwood Creek cuts through a vast Redwood Forest in Northern California’s Humboldt County near the township of Orick, CA. The last two miles of Redwood Creek meanders through farm and pasture lands as it ultimately empties into the Pacific Ocean. The high earthen dikes protecting the fields from high water flows and flooding in the winter are dotted with wild flowers, grasses, and thistles. American Goldfinch’s like the one pictured here are making a morning feast out of the purple centers of thistle flowers being careful to avoid the barbs and thorns that would do instant damage to birds and humans alike.
Food is so abundant on this blossoming thistle bush, our solo Goldfinch was joined by another hungry Goldfinch in the warm morning rays of sunshine.
Fine details distinct to the Cedar Waxwing include its cap, mask, flashes of red atop its wings, and yellow band across tips of talk feathers. What a glorious day for a bird bath!
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