Tiny Cuties

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yrwa-3Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s, male

These cute guys show up in the Phoenix area in the winter but they’re so fast that it’s often hard to get a clear shot. However, this little guy was very cooperative the other day at the Desert Botanical Garden and almost seemed to enjoy my attention. So did this guy, who let me get about a foot away from him:

costasCosta’s Hummingbird, male

I never see Costa’s in my yard. We have many Anna’s year-round and a couple Black-chinned in the spring.

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annas-1-1-17Anna’s Hummingbirds, male

My little yellow yard bird has done many cute things lately.

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ocwa-suet-12-30-16Orange-crowned Warbler, male

And the tiny Verdins are always busy and love their fruit:

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verdin-pomVerdins

finch-chollaHouse Finch, female

finch-12-30-16House Finch, male

Did you know that House Finches were originally a southwestern bird but can now be found all over the US? I just found that out recently.

black-phoebe-sculpture_edited-1Black Phoebe

I’ve been to two places in the last week looking for specific Lifers and didn’t find either! I’m declaring two 2017 Goals here:

  1. Find at least 60 Lifers (this will require more day trips but as Tony is now retired, he is willing to come along to interesting places).
  2. Volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden for at least 100 hours (which isn’t really much over a 52 week period).

Do you have any goals you want to put into writing this year?

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7 responses to “Tiny Cuties

  1. It’s good that those beautiful little birds are down there this time of year. It has been a very hard winter for our birds up here. They have consumed 80 lbs of sunflower seeds so far.

  2. As always, such beautiful photographs of your feathered friends, Candace. I just love the hummingbirds.
    Volunteering at the Desert Botanical Garden sounds wonderful!!
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

  3. A fine variety in your series today. I can’t imagine the big bird putting up with another bird resting on his head. Amazing. The bird clinging upside down is impressive too.

  4. Such cute little birds. I think the ones of the hummingbirds are the most amazing. Beautifully captured.

  5. Oh, they are beautiful! Thank you for these lovely photos.

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