01 June 2010

Davis Mountains

Some creatures just look like there's no logical reason for their patterns - Acorn Woodpecker and Cassin's Kingbird are among them. Neither looks like it could blend into *anything* ...until you actually see the camouflage at work.

The black/white splotchy pattern actually isn't too bad for Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus); Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)sticks out like a sore thumb on barbed wire but does wonderfully in warm foliage.

This post covers a picnic area and a bit of TNC's Madera Canyon - we couldn't have attempted the whole trail due to constant stopping and backtracking for bugs. The weekend "crowds" even made it out onto the trails and squeezing past some folks was a bit treacherous.

Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) on territory at the picnic area adjacent to the Madera Canyon trail head.

Documenting the documenting of a Canyonland Satyr (from the previous post); the canyon that said satyr inhabited.

Bad pun warning! Timid Dainty Sulfur (Nathalis iole) ...I'm lichen it.

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - there will be another post with this lovely. Except it will be a bit more artsy. That said, I'll leave the second batch of Davis Mountain photogenic lovelies until a bit later.

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