Reader Stephen Barnard in Idaho has sent two photos, one of which (first below) is among his best pictures so far: a tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor):
These are difficult to capture in flight. Conditions have be to ideal: good light and stiff headwind.
A family of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos):
Diana MacPherson has sent another chipmunk picture. Sadly, this one appears to have mange, and I don’t know if that affliction, cause by mites) ever goes away. But it’s a cute photo nonetheless, as the beast has a cheek full of seeds.
I put several cups of seeds out for the chipmunks today & agricola chipmunk made many trips to stash them somewhere. I noticed the loss of hair on the nose before but wondered if it was just matted from being wet. You can see it is some bald spots. Also, the tail is all bereft of the fluffy fur of a regular chipmunk tail. I suspect this is a mom chipmunk. Still cute though, despite the mange.