Readers’ wildlife photos

May 25, 2018 • 7:30 am

Reader Colin Franks (Instagram page here, Facebook page here, website here) has graced us with another batch of lovely bird photos. The IDs are his.

 California Quail (Callipepla californica):

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus):

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechial):


Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas):


Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum):


Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor):


Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis):


Redhead (Aythya americana):

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta):

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus):

16 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

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  2. Some great photographs.
    Of course as far as composition goes the California quail is among the best ever, I’d say. Striking!
    The western kingbird also deserves special mention. Birds in flight are always so much more difficult to catch.

  3. Great photos, but I have a special place in my heart for quail. Husband and I have a getaway place in a rural area where quail abound. Every spring, the resident parents appear periodically parading across the gravel driveway, one in the front and the other in the rear. At first, they appear to be separated by a line of snitches (Harry Potter reference), simple balls of bouncing feathers. The snitches gradually come to look like chicks, and then over the course of the spring and summer look more and more like their parents. This particular home has a bank of mature low-growing junipers, and even at the snitch stage the entire family can disappear almost instantly into the thick underbrush in the presence of, say, the neighbor’s cat.

    There’s a lot of wildlife in the area, and I enjoy the occasional sight of deer, bears, foxes, and coyotes as well as the wrench-socket-stealing ground squirrels, lovely lizards, and various different birds including sassy jays. But the quail have my heart.

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