Happy Thanksgiving, hope you all have a special holiday doing what you want. I will take this opportunity to show you a few of the birds I’ve been grateful to photograph this past week. I went to several local parks in the last few days and found a few new species of birds to photograph as well as some old familiars.
The Green Heron, above, is tiny compared to his relatives, the Great Blue Heron and the Black-Crowned Night Heron. He was at Indian School Park in Scottsdale.
Say’s Phoebe, Mountain View Park, Scottsdale
Red-Winged Blackbird, Chaparral Park, Scottsdale
Rosy-Faced Lovebirds, Granada Park, Phoenix
Gilded Flicker (female), Granada Park, Phoenix
American Kestrel, my next-door neighbors’ yard, Phoenix
The following hummers (all female) were at a pretty park, Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden. They don’t look quite like the Anna’s Hummingbirds in our yard so I think they might be Costa’s Hummingbirds.
It’s hard to differentiate between the species with the females unless you’re an expert and I’m far from it.
I saw a male Costa’s closeby but only got a blurry shot of him.
Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Audubon’s), Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden