Tag Archives: Lizard

A for Adventure

Queen 1Queen Butterfly

CW 8.10.16Cactus Wren

Ground SquirrelRound-tailed Ground Squirrel

Lizard DBG

SulphurCloudless Sulphur

WW Dove PPWhite-winged Dove

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Hummer

Cacti

I was at the Desert Botanical Garden yesterday volunteering (inside) and went walking around afterwards. It was very hot and humid and not much action in the animal world. I’m looking forward to cooler weather and spending more time there doing fun volunteer things and getting some new birds.

The following photos were taken in my yard. We have a lot of hummers right now. These are at least 2 different Anna’s Hummingbirds.

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Anna's 2 8.5.16

Anna's 8.7.16

I’m heading off for a mini-adventure in a couple days so hope to have some different scenery and maybe some new birds to post soon…nothing exotic like the Galapagos Islands or anything like that…

Dead Horse Ranch

Dasher DHRBlue Dasher

Queen DHRQueen Butterfly

Yesterday we went to Clarkdale, AZ, to see an old friend of Tony’s who was visiting his parents there. After lunching in nearby Cottonwood, we went to Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

The developed portion of the park covers 423 acres with a 3,300 foot elevation. It is part of a six-mile reach of the river known as the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area. Its unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood and Willow riparian gallery forest, is one of less than 20 such riparian zones in the world. Life along the river changes with the seasons, giving visitors a glimpse of the numerous species of raptors, neotropical migrants, resident songbirds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. (AZ State Parks)

DHR 1

DHR 2

The story of the park’s name begins with the Ireys family, who came to Arizona from Minnesota looking for a ranch to buy in the late 1940s. At one of the ranches they discovered a large dead horse lying by the road. After two days of viewing ranches, Dad Ireys asked the kids which ranch they liked the best. The kids said, “the one with the dead horse, Dad!” The Ireys family chose the name Dead Horse Ranch and later, in 1973, when Arizona State Parks acquired the park, the Ireys made retaining the name a condition of sale. (AZ State Parks)

DHR 3

DHR 4

Clear water makes the underwater world visible.

I had high hopes of adding many new birds to my life list but, no. We heard a lot of birds but mostly what we saw were Grackles, which we have in our own yard. With 3 lagoons and the Verde River, I was surprised to not see more water birds. All I saw were a Great Blue Heron, a Green Heron, a Mallard mom and her 2 young ones, and a Coot. We have more birds in our lakes in Phoenix so I don’t know why there weren’t more. The lagoons get stocked every other week so there are plenty of fish.

This bird, below, is a Lifer, though, the only one I got yesterday. This is an immature Bullock’s Oriole. A gust of wind blew and the bird took off right after this.

Bullocks Oriole DHR

DHR SparrowSong Sparrow

Lizard DHRArizona Striped Whiptail Lizard

Widow Skimmer DHRWidow Skimmer

Ants DHR_edited-1The Stuff of Nightmares

Tons of ants everywhere so we didn’t want to stand still too long.

DHR 6

DHR 8

Once again, wrong time of year to be at this park. It was only a few degrees cooler than Phoenix so it was still over 100°.  We did get some exercise, though, and saw a beautiful new-to-us park. I’m sure in the fall it will be very “birdy.”

Critters Prettily Lit

Thrasher BuffetedCurve-billed Thrasher

The above bird was seen at Glendale Xeriscape Garden (on a very windy day). I’ve been to quite a few locations in the past couple of weeks looking for birds but didn’t get enough good shots at any to make a post on their own so the theme here is “pretty lighting.”

Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center:Hummer AudubonAnna’s Hummingbird, male

Phoebe Stick 1Black Phoebe

Sorry, Dragonfly :(

Sorry, Dragonfly 😦

Tempe Town Lake:Verdin Munch 2Verdin

Desert Botanical Garden:Finch BabyHouse Finch, juvenile

RT Ground SquirrelRound-tailed Ground Squirrel

Glenrosa Estates (our yard):Towhee PineAbert’s Towhee

2 SkippersCommon-checkered and Fiery Skippers

IncasInca Doves

Liz MesquiteTree Lizard

Gila WPGila Woodpecker, male

BCHU BuzzyBlack-chinned Hummingbird, male

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*I’m adding this post to the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge because it represents how I view the Earth through my lens. Check some of the other blog posts out.

Kinda More of the Same

Towhee PerchAbert’s Towhee

So, two exciting things happened in my yard yesterday~but they’re not really all that exciting 🙂 First, I finally got a different kind of bird on my perch! Previously only Curve-billed Thrashers and House Sparrows were brave enough to go after the hidden peanuts~at least when I was outside. Finally, the above Towhee was cooperative enough to sit there for a few seconds while I fired off some shots and he got his peanut as a reward.

BCHU

BCHU 2Black-chinned Hummingbird

Second, a Black-chinned Hummingbird showed up! Last year, one came in May and stayed a few weeks so I wasn’t expecting any yet but was hoping one or more would show up this year. Unfortunately, their dapper purple collar is hard to capture unless the sun hits them just right, which it did not here. I never got good shots last year but I hope to this year before he goes on his merry way~or maybe he will stay. This type of hummer is smaller than the already tiny Anna’s Hummingbirds I usually post.

Thrasher Nut Perch

Thrash BalanceCurve-billed Thrasher

Mock BathNorthern Mockingbird

LizardLizard!

Finch Female

Finch Male 3.24.16

Finch OrangeHouse Finches, male and female

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GW 1.9.16_edited-1Gila Woodpecker, male

And I never, ever get tired of these cutie-pies. They, along with Bushtits, Titmice, and Chickadees, are in the Paridae family. These guys are only found in the Southwest:

Verdin 3 3.22.16

Verdin 3.22.16 2Verdin

I had thought that when I retired, I would go out birding more but so many days I take my coffee out to the yard and wind up staying there, entertained by the locals. Lifers in my yard are few and far between,though, so I need to get out in the wild more!

I Saw These…

VerdinVerdin

Cactus WrenCactus Wren

DSC_5064 aCosta’s Hummingbird, male (lifer!)

DSC_5072 aCosta’s Hummingbird, male (lifer!)

GirlCosta’s Hummingbird, female (lifer!)

DSC_5076Costa’s Hummingbird, juvenile male (lifer!)

QuailGambel’s Quail, male

Starling 1European Starling

…at Desert Botanical Garden, this past week.

I saw these…

CootAmerican Coot

Gnatcatcher 1Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, female

YRWAYellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s, female

…at Granada Park, this past week.

I saw these…

Gila WoodyGila Woodpecker

Mock 10.31.15Northern Mockingbird

Thrasher 10.25.15Curve-Billed Thrasher

Lizard 10.31.15Ornate Tree Lizard

SwallowtailGiant Swallowtail

…in my yard, this past week. And now I’m out looking for more. 🙂

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