We have photos from two readers today.
Stephen Barnard has sent us four pictures from Idaho and notes. The first is a beautiful vesper sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) , which he originally misidentified:
I’ve started to make lists, like a 19th century naturalist or a modern day birder. I thought this was a Song Sparrow because they’re super common here, but my local Idaho birders on Facebook set me straight. There is no joy greater than to be proven wrong on the Internet, by trusted friends, when it results in a lifer ID.
A violet-green swallow (Tachycineta thalassina), with the note:
These are ridiculously hard to photograph in flight.
Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis):
Cow and calf elk (Cervus canadensis)
And finally, from reader D. P. McCarthy, a lovely bee photo with the neelessly self-deprecating caption:
I’m no Stephen Barnard, but here’s snap of a bee visiting Tithoniablossom.
It looks like a Bombus (bumblebee) to me, but I don’t know from bees. Readers?