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YRWA 2

YRWA 3

YRWA 1

These are all female Yellow-Rumped Warblers (Audubon’s) above. The males have yellow on the tops of their heads, too. These little warblers are the opposite of those I’ve shown lately. These guys head north for the summer, sometimes as close as northern AZ, and come back here for the winter. They have begun arriving. Several people saw their firsts of the year yesterday as did I.

I’ve had a few more lifer birds lately:

DSC_4749

DSC_4751Rock Wren

Sparrow 2a

DSC_4299Brewer’s Sparrow

The following birds are not lifers but have crossed my path recently. I see Great Blue Herons often but the one, below, is the first I’ve ever seen at Granada Park:

GBH Fly

Gila 8.31.15Gila Woodpecker

KestrelAmerican Kestrel, male

And a couple Verdins, which I see and post a lot. The one, below, was in a little greenbelt close to home. It was building a nest. Both the males and females build nests and they both look the same.

Verdin Nest Bldg 9.22.15

Verdin Nest 20 H

Below is a Verdin nest in our yard in our pine tree. The openings are usually on the side or bottom of the nest.

Verdin Nest 8.31.15

This is one of the Verdins in our yard, maybe the builder of the nest:

Verdin Sepia_edited-1

These photos were taken at home and several parks: Granada Park, Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden, Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, and 20th Street and Highland.

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7 responses to “Recently…

  1. You have so many different and wonderful feathered friends, Candace.
    Those little Warblers are adorable, and the Heron is absolutely gorgeous.
    You have a great week!

  2. That wren is a pretty little thing, and I just love the Kestrel and the way he is studying you!

  3. A great diversity – all in beautiful attitude !! bravo Candace, for tracking heron !! not easy

  4. Image # 2- what a lovely shot- such a beautiful bird and lovely bokeh- nicely done- ms Bird whisperer 🙂

  5. You produced another very interesting post of the variety of birds in your area. The migration to relatively nearby northern Arizona is surprising to me.
    I suppose their behavior speaks to the large increase in elevation across your state.

  6. Hello
    Super pictures
    Have a good weekend

  7. Love all your shots, but I think the one of the yellow-rumped warbler on the concrete ledge (or whatever it is) is my fave. It looks like she’s getting ready to cross the street into a great new adventure.

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