After the most excellent BCAS raptor trip today (which Jason will tell you about shortly) I stopped back by the office to see what was at the feeders. Nothing special in the few minutes I looked, although the sharpie made a pass while I was standing outside taking these photos.
There was a goldfinch on the thistle feeder that was all fluffed up and acting strangely, and when I looked closely, I could tell it looked ill. It flitted over to the seed feeder, and then let me walk outside and take some photos
. It appeared to have symptoms similar to the "house finch disease" I see in those birds occasionally, swollen eyes and skin around the face
. It was sick enough it let me take thirty or forty pictures from about a meter, then move the camera up to about three inches for several shots
. I suspect the sharpie will have it for dinner very soon, as it flew out onto an exposed branch on the other side of the streamside vegetation after I went back inside. The plumage
detail at that distance is amazing!
After I came home, and while I was downloading photos for this post, five cedar waxwings landed in the sycamore outside my window! And the camera was plugged in, downloading, downloading, downloading... Sigh.
Paonia, Delta County