King of the West

Now that the locals are all calmed down thanks to the previous “non-bird related post” I can breathe a bit easier and hopefully buy myself some time to get a few more ticks added to my North American Birding List.  The only problem is the breathing got better on the birding front, but now thanks to a quick surgery event yesterday, it is a little difficult to swallow (see what I did there, I made a funny bird pun ouch ouch must stop laughing).  Finally took care of an annoying mass in my neck and now just waiting for the results of the testing to know if there is anything to worry about – doctor is pretty sure it is benign but will feel better once they tell me for sure.  The upside of my new zipper neck for you is I have to stay down for a while (and you know how I HATE that) which equates to more time for posting…. on birds hehehehe
Western Kingbird shot at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden Colorado May 2014
As is the norm around here, my featured bird comes from a number of years back.  To be precise, all the way back to May of 2014.  I used to beat myself up more on my tremendous backlog of pictures, but the more camera enthusiasts I meet, the more I realized this is pretty common – especially for those of us holding down a primary job completely unrelated to photography.  I know for a fact my brother Ron is starting to experience a growing queue as well which is especially painful for him not that his bird count has plummeted to like three thanks to initiating his new blog (see the link in the navigation bar).  Of course, this means I can spend those cold winter days inside birding from my queue in the comfort of my den sipping hot chocolate – yeah!
Western Kingbird shot at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden Colorado May 2014

Hit the jump to see a lot more pictures of this bird … might even reveal what it is.

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