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:
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:
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.
Below is a Verdin nest in our yard in our pine tree. The openings are usually on the side or bottom of the nest.
This is one of the Verdins in our yard, maybe the builder of the nest:
These photos were taken at home and several parks: Granada Park, Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden, Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, and 20th Street and Highland.