Skye, Red-Tailed Hawk
Jester, Peregrine Falcon
Quanah, Turkey Vulture
Vito, American Kestrel
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:
The sky in Skye’s eye…
And more of Jester:
Sharp-Shinned or Cooper’s Hawk (hard to distinguish)
Red-Eared Pond Slider
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…
Posted in Phoenix
Tagged Common Gallinule, Desert Botanical Garden, egret, Flora, grebe, Hawks, herons, Lesser Scaup, Papago Park, Parks, Ring-Necked Duck, Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird, female
Hibiscus bud, finally!
(enlarge any for detail)
American Snout Butterfly
Svengali’s soulful eyes reflecting the beauty of spring
Northern Mockingbird on a stick, nibbling
Second Hibiscus bud!
Lantana, where butterflies will congregate soon, hopefully
Pine Cone buds
Stripey amidst lovely spring bokeh
Verdin with buds
Bee on citrus
Gila Woodpecker appreciating blooms
Coming soon to a spring near you…
Posted in Cats, Home, The Route to Work
Tagged Bees, Butterflies, Cats, Flora, Gila Woodpecker, Home, Hummingbirds, Mockingbirds, Parks, Verdins
American Kestrel, male
Ladder-Backed Woodpecker, male
Northern Flicker, Red-Shafted, male
Gilded Flicker or Northern Flicker, Red-Shafted, male
Gilded Flicker, female
Rosy-Faced Lovebird, juvenile
Anna’s Hummingbird, female
House Finches, female and male
*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.
Posted in Home
Tagged Finches, Gila Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Home, Hummingbirds, Kestrel, Ladder-Backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Parks, Rock Pigeon, Rosy-Faced Lovebirds, Starlings, Verdins, White-Crowned Sparrow
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.
Great Blue Heron
Blue-Winged Teals, hen and drake
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.
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.
They do emerge from the fenced areas, goof-ishly flying around and coming in for landings.
Painted Lady Butterfly
And the butterflies have begun making their spring appearance…