I just got back from northern Indiana and, disappointingly, the leaves were just beginning to change on most of the trees. It’s a very late fall. It was also cloudy and raining most of the time I was there…
It was even foggy one morning, something rarely seen in Phoenix.
Now that’s what I wanted to see more of, above.
Behind those marshy grasses, above, is a little pond where ducks hang out. This girl is the only one who came out to greet me this year wearing her leaf necklace.
She’s a Mallard hybrid which I confirmed with one of my knowledgeable birding buddies.
I was hoping to see some Cardinals, Robins, Blue Jays, something…I heard birds but never saw any close up.
This guy did not seem to want his photo taken as right after this shot, above, he started chasing me. So I left.
Just not as dramatic as I had hoped for… :(
Giant Swallowtail, above.
Painted Lady, above.
The last photo is actually from earlier this year of a Painted Lady but since the one from the other day was not really in focus I’m including this better one from last February.
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.
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Tagged American Wigeon, Cactus Wren, Common Gallinule, Desert Botanical Garden, Dragonflies, Gila Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Grackle, Hummingbirds, Parks, Phoenix, Thrashers
Northern Mockingbird, saying his morning prayers, my yard today.
Male Anna’s Hummingbird, my yard.
Fiery Skipper, after the heavy rains last weekend, my yard, and some more after the water evaporated.
Juvenile and adult Black-Crowned Night Herons, Scottsdale. I was at another little marshy lake there but this was really the only shot I liked much.
Harris’s Hawk, flyover, my house.
My neighbor’s bush, possibly a Butterfly Bush, but I’m not sure…
I guess this is a Grackle but it does not look at all like those in my yard so possibly it’s a Great-Tailed Grackle. He was seen in Glendale.
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Tagged Butterflies, Flora, Glendale, Grackles, Hawks, herons, Home, Hummingbirds, Mockingbirds, Phoenix, Scottsdale
Anna’s Hummingbirds, always the star of our yard when they pose for me. Their colors change so much depending on how the sun hits them.
A first in my yard, an American Kestrel, male. He didn’t stay long and I haven’t seen him since. I just didn’t want him eating my hummers or verdins…but he was exciting to see.
Female and male House Finch.
Everyday that I am able to sit out in my yard in the morning (not enough), this Gila Woodpecker drops by for a quick snack and takes off before I get a good photo.
I like to think this is one of the woodpecker’s feathers…
Don’t eat my birds, please, Harris’s Hawk.
The ubiquitous European Starling, invasive species to all of the US but handsome and entertaining. We don’t seem to have as many Grackles when these guys are around…
House sparrow, above.
Inca Dove, above.
This dragonfly (a Meadowhawk) is serious about my Sirius XM antenna.
My Northern Mockingbird friends are hanging around more again.
And the little flighty Verdins at the hummer feeders…
Look closely. The beautiful may be small. ~ Immanuel Kant
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Tagged Doves, Dragonflies, Finches, Gila Woodpecker, Hawks, Home, Hummingbirds, Kestrel, Sparrow, Starlings, Verdins