Male House Finch on creosote.
One of his female friends.
Monarch, above. I never see Monarchs around here except at the Monarch Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden so I was excited to see this one the other day in a garden.
One of the many Anna’s Hummingbirds that live in our yard, year-round.
Cute little Verdins in our yard.
American Kestrel flying overhead. These were all taken in the last week, at home and other locations. Happy Weekend…I’m going birding.
Not these guys, they’re here in force year-round, the Rosy-Faced Lovebirds, feral descendants of tame birds that survive well in the Phoenix area. But this is the time for the migrating birds to start showing up for the winter, along with the other snowbirds we get.
So last weekend at Granada Park in central Phoenix, close to where I live, I checked out who was around:
White-Crowned Sparrows make their annual reappearance this time of year.
Flocks of American Wigeons descend on our fair city. They make the cutest sounds, not quacks at all.
More American Coots with their funny feet arrive.
The wild Mallards show up although I’m not sure if this is a pure one since we have Mallard hybrids around all year.
The small, elegant Ring-Necked Ducks (also known as Blackjacks) make their presence known as flocks fill up the local lakes.
The European Starlings were watching the arrivals with me.
I see a lot of doves but not usually Mourning Doves.
I guess this might be a hawk nest? It was almost 2 feet long but it was just slightly above eye level so I can’t imagine a hawk having a nest that low. I’ll be going back to this park this weekend to see who else might be in town and maybe I’ll find the resident.
I like to call these “Herodynamics.” We were back at Tres Rios a couple of weeks ago. This post will look a lot like my original post from there, 7 weeks earlier.
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron
Below are the only photos I could get of the comical, cartoonish-looking Belted Kingfisher. They’re fast!
This is my souvenir from the day which, I assume, is from a Great Blue Heron as it is about a foot long.
We’re members at the Desert Botanical Garden so we (especially I) go there pretty often. It’s also known as a local birding hotspot. We were there last Sunday but the conditions were not optimal. It was very crowded with the Monarch exhibit, the Day of the Dead celebration, and construction so the birds were laying low but we found a few. I was pleased this male House Sparrow, above, posed for me. They’re very common, apparently, but not in my circles so I was excited to see him.
Always a popular crowd-pleaser, the Greater Roadrunners hang around the cafe mooching.
We saw a lot of really tiny butterflies, smaller than Skippers. I tried to ID them but haven’t been able to yet. Edit: Western Pygmy Blue, Marine Blue, Dainty Sulfur (thanks to someone in one of my Facebook groups).
They loved this half-dead plant. Pretty little critters.
When I saw this prompt, above, I had to take a shot:
I don’t know why I think this tree trunk is so pretty, but I do.
The Gambel’s Quails were abundant there.
Curve-Billed Thrasher, above.
But this guy was my favorite and last shot of the day.
Now that the days are shorter, I have a hard time getting any shots on weekdays. I either have to leave work a little early (which seldom happens) or stop somewhere close to work before going home. Or wait ’til the weekends.
The above shots were taken in the late afternoon light at home, a little office complex lake by my house, or the Franciscan Renewal Center. This is the Franciscan Renewal Center’s motto below, which kind of sums it all up:
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