Spring Sprung at the DBG

In March, this female Williamson’s Sapsucker showed up at the Desert Botanical Garden for a few days. She really loved the aloe nectar so she stayed in one area and was easy to find. They are rare here (preferring western mountains) so many birders went out to see her.

She looked very pretty foraging through the blooms.

Zebra Longwing

Common Buckeye

These are from the new Butterfly Pavilion at DBG. I guess I don’t enjoy photographing them in a controlled setting like that; it’s more challenging to get them in their native environments. Apparently both these species can be found in Arizona but I’ve never seen them.

Desert Spiny Lizard

Lesser Goldfinch, female

Gambel’s Quail, male

Phainopepla, male

And just in time for Easter!

Desert Cottontail

SXG

Hum Fly

Hum Fly 2Anna’s Hummingbird, female

Yesterday I went to Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden again. I’ve written about it before (1, 2, 3, 4). It’s only 5.5 acres but it’s really pretty and, this time of year, it’s very yellow. I didn’t have a wide-angle lens with me but here’s a sample:

Overview

And I got a Lifer! Isn’t he handsome?

Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow 2Lincoln’s Sparrow

Finch 3.30.16

Finch OcotilloHouse Finches

CottontailDesert Cottontail

Starling on Sag

StarlingEuropean Starling

Anna'sAnna’s Hummingbird, male

Female HumCosta’s Hummingbird, female

Mock 3.30.16Northern Mockingbird

YRWA 3.30.16Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s

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And a little someone to keep them all on their toes:

Hawk

 

Granada Revisited

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Despite the continuing miserable heat and additional humidity of our monsoon season, I am still attempting to get to Granada Park at least once a week to see who might be hanging out there. These are from my last 2 trips there in the last couple of weeks, one with a new birding friend, Marika.

Finch?House Finch, possibly molting

Although I’m not usually overwhelmed with the quantity of birds, I normally see an interesting thing or 2 on my 2 mile walk or at least get a couple photos I like.

Bunny

I dropped by there late one afternoon (when it was extra hot!) and was surprised to see dozens of cottontails hanging out together. And I also saw about ten  nighthawks. The below photo is from a few weeks ago but the following 2 were taken on this same visit. I generally go in the morning so the wildlife was a little different in the afternoon.

Lesser Nighthawk 2Lesser Nighthawk

NH Fly

Nighthawk JuviLesser Nighthawk, juvenile

SquirrelHarris’s Antelope Squirrel

KestrelAmerican Kestrel, male

LovebirdRosy-faced Lovebird

I always look for this little guy, below, as he spends the whole summer at one of the lakes at Granada, and was there last summer, too. Soon, his relatives will be migrating here for the winter and I won’t be able to pick him out of the crowd anymore. I don’t know why he stays, he looks healthy. Maybe he just likes it here.

Ring-Necked DuckRing-necked Duck

We are in fall migration now so it’s the time to watch for birds not usually seen in your area (interesting article on migratory pathways). This was a lifer, hope to get plenty more this season! He was there just long enough for me to fire off one shot and off he went:

Western Tanager_edited-1Western Tanager