Raptors

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Skye, Red-Tailed Hawk

Falcon 3

Jester, Peregrine Falcon

Vulture

Quanah, Turkey Vulture

Kestrel Crop

Vito, American Kestrel

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Diego, Burrowing Owl

These are all rescue birds from Liberty Wildlife that were imprinted on humans so are unable to live in the wild and are used for education purposes. We saw them last weekend at a birding event put on by a Facebook group I belong to (Birding–Arizona and the Southwest) at Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. They were all beautiful and kindly posed for photos for hours.

More of Skye:

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The sky in Skye’s eye…

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And more of Jester:

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Diego:

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Spring at Papago

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Green Heron

Cooper's 2

Cooper's 6

Cooper's

Sharp-Shinned or Cooper’s Hawk (hard to distinguish)

Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Pond Slider

Red-Eared Pond Slider

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Egret 2

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Great Egret

Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Ring-Necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck

Grebe 3

Grebe

Pied-Billed Grebe

Flicker 2

Northern Flicker

Cactus Flower

Green Heron

I spent the first day of spring at Papago Park and made a brief visit to the Desert Botanical Garden, which is in the park. Not much luck there as it was later in the day and packed with people but the ponds at the park made for a decent day of birding. I have a 3-day weekend and I’m planning to go shooting somewhere everyday. More photos to come, I hope…

Happy Spring!

Spring Comes Softly

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Anna’s Hummingbird, female

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Hibiscus bud, finally!

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American Snout

American Snout Butterfly

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Svengali’s soulful eyes reflecting the beauty of spring

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Northern Mockingbird on a stick, nibbling

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Second Hibiscus bud!

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Lantana, where butterflies will congregate soon, hopefully

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Pomegranate bud

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Pine Cone buds

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Geranium buds

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Stripey amidst lovely spring bokeh

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Verdin with buds

Bee on Citrus

Bee on citrus

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Spring nest

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Gila Woodpecker appreciating blooms

Yellow Flower

Coming soon to a spring near you…

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Birds of Color

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American Kestrel, male

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Ladder-Backed Woodpecker, male

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Northern Flicker, Red-Shafted, male

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Gilded Flicker or Northern Flicker, Red-Shafted, male

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Gilded Flicker, female

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Gila Woodpecker

Lovebirds 2  Lovebird 3

Rosy-Faced Lovebirds

Lovebird Nibble

Rosy-Faced Lovebird, juvenile

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Rock Pigeon

White-Crowned Sparrow

White-Crowned Sparrow

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Anna’s Hummingbird, female

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Verdin

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House Finches, female and male

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European Starling

*Note to birds: When posing for photos, please make sure there are no branches, leaves, cactus needles, string, or other obtrusive objects between you and the camera. Thank you.

Tres Ríos, Tres

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We went back to Tres Rios Overbank Wetlands for the third time a couple of weeks ago (1st time, 2nd time). You can have good days, with tons of birds, or bad days there, with little bird activity. We were not there at the primo time so things were kind of slow.

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Great Blue Heron

Blue-Winged Teals

Blue-Winged Teals, hen and drake

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Red-Tailed Hawk

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Snowy Egret

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Osprey

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Cormorant

But we did see who I specifically went there to see. Yes, we do have pelicans (American White Pelican) in Arizona, at least this time of year. There were several there and they are at other places in town, including Gilbert Riparian Preserve and Tempe Town Lake.

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They were shy and stayed way back in the area that is inaccessible to the public, where the water is not completely treated yet, behind fences. They’re huge compared to the other birds.

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They do emerge from the fenced areas, goof-ishly flying around and coming in for landings.

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Painted Lady Butterfly

And the butterflies have begun making their spring appearance…