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.

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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:

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Raptors

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Skye, Red-Tailed Hawk

Falcon 3

Jester, Peregrine Falcon

Vulture

Quanah, Turkey Vulture

Kestrel Crop

Vito, American Kestrel

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Diego, Burrowing Owl

These are all rescue birds from Liberty Wildlife that were imprinted on humans so are unable to live in the wild and are used for education purposes. We saw them last weekend at a birding event put on by a Facebook group I belong to (Birding–Arizona and the Southwest) at Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. They were all beautiful and kindly posed for photos for hours.

More of Skye:

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Hawk 9

Hawk 11

The sky in Skye’s eye…

Hawk 13

Hawk Full

And more of Jester:

Falcon

Falcon 2

Diego:

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Birds of Color

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American Kestrel, male

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Ladder-Backed Woodpecker, male

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Northern Flicker, Red-Shafted, male

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Gilded Flicker or Northern Flicker, Red-Shafted, male

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Gilded Flicker, female

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Gila Woodpecker

Lovebirds 2  Lovebird 3

Rosy-Faced Lovebirds

Lovebird Nibble

Rosy-Faced Lovebird, juvenile

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Rock Pigeon

White-Crowned Sparrow

White-Crowned Sparrow

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Anna’s Hummingbird, female

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House Finches, female and male

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European Starling

*Note to birds: When posing for photos, please make sure there are no branches, leaves, cactus needles, string, or other obtrusive objects between you and the camera. Thank you.

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

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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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Happy Bird Day!

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Happy Thanksgiving, hope you all have a special holiday doing what you want. I will take this opportunity to show you a few of the birds I’ve been grateful  to photograph this past week. I went to several local parks in the last few days and found a few new species of birds to photograph as well as some old familiars.

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The Green Heron, above, is tiny compared to his relatives, the Great Blue Heron and the Black-Crowned Night Heron.  He was at Indian School Park in Scottsdale.

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Say’s Phoebe, Mountain View Park, Scottsdale

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Red-Winged Blackbird, Chaparral Park, Scottsdale

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Rosy-Faced Lovebirds, Granada Park, Phoenix

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Gilded Flicker (female), Granada Park, Phoenix

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Kestrel

 American Kestrel, my next-door neighbors’ yard, Phoenix

The following hummers (all female) were at a pretty park, Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden. They don’t look quite like the Anna’s Hummingbirds in our yard so I think they might be Costa’s Hummingbirds.

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It’s hard to differentiate between the species with the females unless you’re an expert and I’m far from it.

Hummer 2

Hummer 3

Hummer 5

I saw a male Costa’s closeby but only got a blurry shot of him.

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Audubon’s), Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden

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Happy Thanksgiving!