Spring’s Arrival

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Happy Spring! I know it may not look like spring everywhere but it does here in Arizona. These first 3 shots were taken in our yard on the Vernal Equinox and the others were taken close to it.

Painted Lady on Lantana

There are actually 4 critters in the above photo, 2 besides the obvious butterfly and bee, which I didn’t see until editing the photo. The answers to this puzzle will appear at the end of this post.

Fiery Skipper on Lantana

Black-chinned Hummingbird, male

We only have Black-chinned hummers in the spring. I don’t know if this is the same one that has been coming for the last couple of years but he arrived on schedule and usually stays until May. It’s very hard to get a shot with the purple collar showing but here is one from last year. I hope he will be cooperative again this year. Right now he is very shy and skittish.

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Giant Swallowtail

Anna’s Hummingbird, male

Yesterday I was at the Desert Botanical Garden, specifically looking for this one particular bird that has been there for several weeks. I’m always amazed when I can find one little bird in a big place but this time I actually did within about 10 minutes and not where he normally hangs out. He should be migrating to California soon but maybe he has decided to stay. He is molting right now so his throat feathers will be more resplendent in coming weeks but he’s still pretty cute right now.

From Granada Park in Phoenix:

Yellow-rumped Warbler, female

American Wigeon,male

Rosy-faced Lovebird

From Lake Margherite in Scottsdale:

Northern Shoveler couple

From Evelyn Hallman Park in Tempe:

Green Heron

What says “Spring” like baby ducks?

Mallard ducklings

The four critters in the butterfly and bee photo:

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Rarity #2

Eurasian Wigeon 1

Wigeon 2

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that I had seen two rarities lately. This is the second one and he comes from the same part of the world as the first rarity, the Mandarin Duck. This is an Eurasian Wigeon drake.

“Common and widespread in the Old World, the Eurasian Wigeon is a sporadic visitor to North America. Regular in very small numbers along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, single individuals have turned up in nearly all states and provinces. The Eurasian Wigeons seen each year in North America likely come from eastern Siberia and Iceland.” (All About Birds)

Wigeon 3

He is at a park in Glendale, AZ, and this is his third winter there so he must enjoy it. He is still in his “eclipse plumage” and will become a rich auburn color in another month or 2 when he is in his breeding plumage. I saw photos of him taken last February and he was gorgeous so I might go out and see him again.

As a comparison, here are some American Wigeons (that he was hanging out with):

Wigeon BoyAmerican Wigeon, drake

Wigeon GirlAmerican Wigeon, hen

Wigeon Couple

I also saw these guys at the same park:

Gray DuckHybrid Duck

EgretGreat Egret

Heron FullGreat Blue Heron

Heron Head

Heron Landing

And he has landed!

Heron

Assorted Fall Birds

Muscovy

Muscovy HeadshotMuscovy Duck

WigeonAmerican Wigeon, female

Ring-Necked DuckRing-Necked Duck, drake

Lovebird 3

LovebirdRosy-Faced Lovebird

Mock Lantana 10.18.15Northern Mockingbird

H 10.14.15Anna’s Hummingbird, male

YRWAYellow-Rumped Warbler, female

Here are some baby birdies from late summer that I never posted. This is a Green Heron youngster, cartoonishly peeking out from the reeds:

GH 2

GH 1

GH Babe Peeking

And this is a Pied-Billed Grebe adolescent:

Grebe 1

Grebe

Fall’s in full swing here, finally!

Super Bowl o’ Birds

The Excitement Builds…

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Corm Fly

Neotropic Cormorant

Killdeers

Killdeers

Grackle Boy

Grackle, male

Grackle Girl

Grackle, female

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House Finch, male

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American Kestrel, male

Girls Mallards

Mallards, females

Inca

Inca Dove

Mock

Northern Mockingbird, the cheerleading captain

Mallard Bathing 2

Mallard, male

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Mallard, female

Quail

Gambel’s Quail, male

Wigeons

American Wigeons, male and female

Light Mallard 2

Mallard hybrid, female

Mallard Girl

Mallard hybrid, female

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Dove

Mourning Dove

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House Sparrow, female

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House Sparrow, male

Mallard

Mallard, male

Orange Crowned Warbler

Orange-Crowned Warbler

Hum Autumn 2

Anna’s Hummingbird, female

Red Winged BB

Red-Winged Blackbird

Squirrel Superbowl

And a cute little ground squirrel

everyone’s a winner!

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Winter at Papago Ponds

Shoveler Girl

Northern Shoveler, female

Shoveler Boy 2

Northern Shoveler, male

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This is what winter looks like in Phoenix, specifically the ponds at Papago Park, a Phoenix Point of Pride. (Click on photos for more detail.)

Ring-Necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck, male

Wigeons

American Wigeons, male and female

Do you wonder where your waterfowl went? They’re here with more arriving daily!!!

Dock View

Coot

American Coot

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Common Gallinule

Green Heron

Green Heron, the American Birding Association’s Bird of the Year 2015!

Green Heron Stand

Trees on Path

Canvasback

Canvasback, female

Cormorants

Neotropic Cormorants

C77

Canada Goose, C77, with American Wigeon and Ring-Necked Duck

Butte

Gadwall Female

Gadwall, female

Gadwall Drops 2

Gadwall, male

Gadwall male

Palm Island

Grebe 2

Pied-Billed Grebe

Grebe

Lesser Scaups 2

Lesser Scaups

Girls

And some girls out having a good time…

Reeds

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