Reader Pete Moulton sends in two photos from Arizona (click to enlarge):
We’re still waiting for the Pied-billed Grebes who own this pond at Papago Park in Phoenix to debut this year’s brood, so here are a couple of photos I took in the last ten days or so, just to amuse myself.The three little chicks are the second brood of a pair of American Coots (Fulica americana) from 28 June. I call them the Three Mus-coot-eers. The adults have some nasty habits, and aren’t all that much to look at, though I hear from my British friends that one has drawn a lot of their twitchers to the north of England recently, but the chicks are colorful and cute.
The other guy is a Green Heron (Butorides virescens), of course. I just can’t help but photograph every one I see, but in my defense they’re infinitely interesting little herons, always busy, and infinitely entertaining. This one reminds me of Kramer from the old Seinfeld television program.