A couple of weeks ago, Tony and I spent a lovely day in Apache Junction. I found my target bird, a Western Meadowlark, at Prospector Park, pretty quickly. Such big, handsome birds.
There were a few other pretty birds there:
Gambel’s Quail, male
Vermillion Flycatcher, male
House Finch, male
We were already almost there so we went on to my new favorite park, Lost Dutchman State Park, in the Superstition Mountains. It was gorgeous!
Although I didn’t spot any lifers there, I was able to get my best ever shots of these plentiful Phainopeplas, striking birds with red eyes.
And no visit to Apache Junction is complete without a stop at the Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel, a movie memorabilia museum showing the movies that were filmed at Apacheland, including Charro, starring Elvis.
It was 100° this weekend but it wasn’t our first of the year. We’ve had a few the last couple of weeks. Starting today we have 4-5 days in the 90s so I hope to get out and catch a few more lifers or at least some pretty birds before 100°+ becomes the summer norm.
Leaf-footed Bug Nymphs on Hibiscus
Yard bird species #28 and #29:
I’ve never seen the adult Verdins at the suet feeder but this little one loves suet and also hops around on the ground with the sparrows, something Verdins never do. I guess he/she is a free-thinking bird.
House Sparrow, fledgling
House Sparrow, juvenile
Northern Mockingbird, fledgling
The Backyard Mean Girls are more interested in bullying each other than chasing birds.
Everyone and everything was abuzz and abloom the other morning at the Desert Botanical Garden. It seemed to be The Happiest Place on Earth. Click on photos for more detail.
Isn’t this guy the epitome of happiness?
It was a flying finch frenzy.
House Finch, male and female
Desert Spiny Lizard
House Sparrow, male
Cactus Wren, the Arizona State Bird
Gambel’s Quail, male
And I got 2 lifers!!!! This little posing bird:
Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher, male
And another lifer, that I’ve been searching for:
The desert is glorious in spring and the best is yet to come…
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