LBJ(Little Brown Jobs) or LGJ(Little Gray Jobs) can blend in perfectly with their surroundings. They move quick and it's important to note the field marks. My ears are faster at "spotting" than my eyes. The Bell's Vireo caused me a bit of confusion because it is a relatively new bird for me. I had only seen it twice and with another birder who knew the bird. Apparently there are 4 subspecies. Plus Gray Flycatchers, Bushtits, Gnatcatchers, etc etc. If you don't get great observation time, these little birds become impossible to ID. So it's all about the observations!
Take for example the shot of the Warbling Vireo below. It was too far to get a nice close up yet I was still able to get a shot of the bird. The same goes for the Williamson's and the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers!
Elf Owls are small. You all know how I love owls. Well I stayed one night alone in a canyon in total silence. My eyes were adjusting to the encroaching darkness. And then I hear the call! With my ears, I followed the faint yet continuous call. Two other birders were in the area and had been friendly with me earlier so I led them to the sound because my eyes are terrible at night. Having two other people look for this tiny bird would be very helpful. It paid off. We spotted the little tiny owl that looked like a knot in a Sycamore tree. He was so cute. I have a policy about filming nocturnal creatures. No pics with flash. And therefore, I do not have photo documentation. I'm hoping to get shots of this bird one day.
|The Lucy's Warbler. I met this bird for the first time in mid-March. Afterwards, the Lucy's Warbler seemed to be everywhere and allowed me some nice observations and pics. It's the bird with the cinnamon crown and coverts.|