To go with my praying Mockingbird in my last post, here is a female House Finch in prayer at the Desert Botanical Garden.
Every Monday they have a birdwalk there but I’m usually at work. Last Monday I was off so I went. It was kind of a slow bird day, in my opinion, as I often see more in my own yard but a few made an appearance. Those are Gila Woodpeckers, above.
This is a Curve-Billed Thrasher which is in the same songbird family as Mockingbirds (Mimidae).
You can see the similarity:
Our state bird, the Cactus Wren.
And, of course, we saw a few non-birds like this Spiny Lizard.
From afar, I saw a Gilded Woodpecker.
When I left the DBG, I stopped in at the Papago Park ponds close by and saw this American Wigeon, above, as well as a colorful Common Gallinule showing off.
Nature is harsh sometimes as when a pretty dragonfly gets gobbled up by a happy Grackle. :( That’s the way it goes, I guess.
I also saw a Great Horned Owl up in a tree, far away, facing the other direction, so I’m not sure that counts on my birding list.