Urban Adapters

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This Neotropic Cormorant was on the Arizona Canal that winds through the Phoenix area. Fortunately, although Phoenix is very urban, we do have a lot of parks, desert preserves, and riparian areas where wild animals can still hang out in a natural environment but many are just adapting to what we leave them. I don’t know what it is about shopping carts that makes people want to shove them in a canal but it’s a pretty common sight in the city. Some people are pigs.

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Stuffed in Canal

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He’s cute, though, and he can fly away from all these eyesores if he chooses.

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“Why are you ruining my environment?”

One general feature of bird species that adapt well to urban environments is they tend to be the species with bigger brains, perhaps allowing them to be more adaptable to the changeable urban environment (BBC).

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Gilded Flicker

Gila Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

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Ladder-Backed Woodpecker (my first)

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Gila Woodpecker

Towhee

Abert’s Towhee

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Black Phoebe

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Harris’s Hawk

I guess that means pigeons must have big brains inside those tiny, bobbing heads?

Rokinon Pigeon

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8 responses to “Urban Adapters

  1. They do adapt, don’t they. But I’m concerned for their long-term well being.

  2. These are really nice shots of a number of birds I would love to see in person.. I need to get down in the desert southwest..

  3. Its environment is in bad shape, the poor !! so long as he does not eat plastic bag -You see a lot of birds in your area –
    Beautiful weekend Candace

  4. A fine series interesting pictures. People seem to have no concern for where they drop candy wrappers, beer bottles, and in your case, shopping carts. I’m glad to bird are free to seek other places is they so choose.

  5. What a fantastic post! Although when my husband and I visited Phoenix last winter, we saw the canal that winds around the area, but we didn’t happen to catch any of these magnificent-looking birds. Those woodpeckers and Harris’ hawk in particular look amazing! I really hope at some point to travel back and explore for hopefully longer. Your photography of these fine birds is stunning.

  6. I love the shimmering colors on the pigeon. That hawk looks gigantic! The hawk nest that I saw was pretty high, about 25 feet.

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