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Canvasback 1

Canvasback 2

Canvasback 4

2 CanvasbacksCanvasback drakes meeting Mallard couple

They’re diving ducks:

Canvasback Diving

I hadn’t seen a Canvasback duck for a couple of years so it was fun to see two handsome drakes when I went to Granada Park, a Phoenix city park, the other day. Through part of 2014 and all of 2015 and 2016, I went to Granada Park about once a week and saw a lot of cool birds there. Starting in 2017, I quit finding new birds and it was kind of boring so I didn’t go much in 2017 and this is only the second time this year that I’ve gone. It was nice to be back on a crisp day. I didn’t see any new birds but it was still fun to see who may be spending the winter. Plenty of the following ducks were there:

RNDU 2Ring-necked Duck

Wigeon 2

WigeonAmerican Wigeons, males

Grackle FemaleGreat-tailed Grackle, female

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Flicker 1

Gilded Flicker 3Northern Flicker, Red-shafted, female

Flicker BoyGilded Flicker, male

Mourning Dove SublimeMourning Dove, feeling sublime

YRWA

YRWA 2Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s, female

It’s been really cold here, freezing at night, so many of the plants are covered up. The outdoor kitties have a lot of extra blankets and towels in their beds (and a new igloo but it only fits one, unfortunately) and the birds are bundled up.

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Tink, the Orange-crowned Warbler, is happy for all the grape jelly but wishes it would warm up. She kindly posed for a New Year’s photo, though…

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Granada Winter

Canvasback DrakeCanvasback Duck, drake

Canvasback HenCanvasback Duck, hen

While not technically a lifer because I saw a female Canvasback last year, I had never seen a male Canvasback until I was at Granada Park recently. I love those red eyes.

It was a gloomy day so the water looked murky. I didn’t know what the following duck was until later and he isn’t a lifer either but I had never seen a juvenile Redhead before:

Redhead Juvie

Redhead Juvie 3

This is what he will look like when he grows up (from the same lake last year), another handsome duck:

Redhead Drop

Redhead 1

And because they are so often overlooked because they are common, yet really pretty:

Mallard PerfectionMallard, drake

BTGC 2

BTGC FlyBlack-tailed Gnatcatcher

MockNorthern Mockingbird

Hum Red

Hum Chat

Hum Fly

HummerAnna’s Hummingbirds

BflyWestern Pygmy Blue

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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Last Birds of 2014

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Northern Mockingbird

Hope your 2015 is off to a wondrous start. I was going to do “12 Birds of Christmas,” a bird a day, beginning with December 26th and ending on Epihany, January 6, but it was just too freaking cold here in Phoenix on 12/31 and 1/1 so that idea was abandoned. Maybe next year. But here are some photos taken the last few days of December 2014.

Black Phoebe 12.27.14

Black Phoebe

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Verdin 12.26.14

Verdin

Warbler

Orange-Crowned Warbler next to Verdin

Mock 12.28.14

Northern Mockingbird

Flicker Male

Gilded Flicker, male

Gila Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

Great Egret 12.30.14

Great Egret

GBH 2 12.30.14

Great Blue Heron

GBH Crouch 12.30.14

GBH 12.30.14

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Canada Geese

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Killdeer

Canvasback 2

Canvasback, female

CRAPPY PHOTO ALERT!

I don’t even like to show such poor quality photos but these birds were all “lifers” for me. I saw them better with my binoculars but just couldn’t get good shots.

Common Mergansers

Common Mergansers

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Northern Shoveler, male

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Northern Shovelers, male and female

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Bald Eagle, Juvenile, 2nd Year

I hope to have many more birds in 2015, maybe a Big Year!