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I can’t think of a better way to return to Birder’s Lounge than with the announcement of the winner to January’s Challenge for Charity. Congratulations to Sandy Schriever, who answered every question correctly, and won the Bonus question to boot! Sandy’s charity is DFW Wildlife Coalition, an organization dedicated to helping humans and wildlife coexist in our urban areas. This is certainly a valuable service!
And now, for the answers…
Picture 1: This flying flock of pink birds can only be the awesome Roseate Spoonbills (Platalea ajaja). This was my first glimpse of these birds, and though brief and far away, the sight of them was still a thrill.
Picture 2: This is another first-time sighting for me. This little bird is a Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa). In my area, I’m much more apt to see a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula). Tiny and active, their constant movement will grab your attention but frustrate your attempts to capture a good photo.
Picture 3: This tree-hugger is hard to spot except in profile, as in the photo. This bird is a Brown Creeper (Certhia americana), and true to his/her name, was busily creeping all around the tree, looking for arthropods in and under the bark.
Bonus: I am no expert with raptor identification, but I’m pretty sure this is a Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus). I recently saw a Red-shouldered Hawk up close (at a raptor rehab center), and it looked just like this one. My field guides also lead me to this bird – sure is handsome.
The next Challenge for Charity contest will be posted March 1st. Until then, Birder’s Lounge will be ramping back up to full strength.