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Western Kingbird

Back to pictures of southern Utah.  Can you imagine living in wide open spaces that are surrounded by mountains?  I colleague of mine said that when he moved from Salt Lake City to southern California, he felt trapped by all the buildings.  The picture below was taken from a parking lot right off the highway.

I really like the desert climate in St. George.  The back of the golf course had a lovely flowering cactus.

The second new life bird that I found looks like a tie-dye t-shirt because his feathers merge from gray to yellow.  He’s called a Western Kingbird and is part of the tyrant flycatcher family.

Cassin’s Kingbirds look very similar, but lack the white bar on the tail feathers.  The kingbirds are named for the red crown on top of their heads, which is displayed during courtship and fights.  Sadly, I didn’t see it.  But now I have something to look for.

He never let me get too close, but I was able to take many pictures.

I can’t wait to go back to St. George.

2 Responses to “Western Kingbird”

  1. Cindy from Sinclair says:

    Beautiful! I love the soft colors…

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks! Of course I saw another one a few weeks later and got even better pictures… That always happens! At least I waited long enough for the dove pictures to post my best ones.