Unexcused Absence

EC DoveEurasian Collared-Dove

3 IncasInca Doves

Oops, I didn’t mean to be gone for so long. I haven’t been out birding much lately due to household issues and numerous chores. Now it’s starting to get really hot (117° coming up this weekend) so I hope I can motivate myself to get back out there or it will be a long, blogless summer.

Fortunately, I have a few recent photos laying around taken in various places, including my yard.

Sag Nest

Thrasher FaceCurve-billed Thrasher

MockNorthern Mockingbird

RWBB MRed-winged Blackbird, male


BCHU BackBlack-chinned Hummingbird

Nest 2_edited-1

Nest 1_edited-1


Fountain Hills


Ftn Lake

Fountain Hills, AZ, is home to a world-famous fountain that operates daily and shoots water 562 feet high. I was there on December 15th and today, New Year’s Day, Tony and I went back. Fountain Park is a beautiful place with a 29 acre lake and the park is filled with sculptures and recreation areas. It has changed a lot since the last time I was there years ago. This is my favorite sculpture there:

Heron Sculp FH

But…the reason I initially went was because I wanted to see these guys, and I did…fun-loving Hooded Mergansers, a lifer. Both drakes and hens were there.

Hoodie Boy 4

Hoodies M and F

Hoodie Up

Hoodie Group

Hoodie Girl 2

Hoodie Couple 2

Hoodie Boy

2 Hoodies

The second lifer I saw there was this female Common Goldeneye:

Goldeneye 2

And the third lifer I saw, today, to start out 2016, was this Eared Grebe.

Eared Grebe 1

Love those red eyes. And I also saw these guys:

Ruddy BoyRuddy Duck, male

Ruddy GirlRuddy Duck, female

Pied-Billed GrebePied-billed Grebe

Shovelers ChurningNorthern Shovelers, churning up their food

Spotted Sandpiper FH

Spotted SandpiperSpotted Sandpiper

The first day I was there, which was cold and windy, I also saw these birds:

GrackleGreat-tailed Grackle, female


RWBBRed-winged Blackbird, male

Say's Phoebe 2

Say's PhoebeSay’s Phoebe

SparrowHouse Sparrow, female

I hope the new year has started out fortuitously for you, too.

Happy 2016!

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Park Pals


Gilded Flicker, male

I go to several urban parks on a regular basis. Weekly I head over to Granada Park, the closest to my house, but I also visit several others. Here are a few friends I met over the last month, mostly at Granada but also 4 other parks.


Gambel’s Quail, female


Green Heron




Rosy-Faced Lovebird, juvenile


Curve-Billed Thrasher

Verdin 2




Sandpiper 3.31.15_edited-1


Spotted Sandpipers


Black Phoebe, chowing down


Gila Woodpecker, female

Cowbird Girl

Brown-Headed Cowbird, female

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Finch Yellow

House  Finch, yellow variety


Neotropic Cormorant

Matching Ducks

I guess these guys, above, must be Mallard hybrids (or domestic ducks), but they’re funny, always swimming together and looking similar but different. Must be related.

And another little buddy that I see at the park often, Georgie, a water dog:


Georgie Wet


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Super Bowl o’ Birds

The Excitement Builds…

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Corm Fly

Neotropic Cormorant



Grackle Boy

Grackle, male

Grackle Girl

Grackle, female

Finch 1.20.14_edited-1

House Finch, male


American Kestrel, male

Girls Mallards

Mallards, females


Inca Dove


Northern Mockingbird, the cheerleading captain

Mallard Bathing 2

Mallard, male

Mallard Female 11.23.14

Mallard, female


Gambel’s Quail, male


American Wigeons, male and female

Light Mallard 2

Mallard hybrid, female

Mallard Girl

Mallard hybrid, female




Mourning Dove


House Sparrow, female


House Sparrow, male


Mallard, male

Orange Crowned Warbler

Orange-Crowned Warbler

Hum Autumn 2

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!


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.


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.

Say's Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe, Mountain View Park, Scottsdale


Red-Winged Blackbird, Chaparral Park, Scottsdale


Rosy-Faced Lovebirds, Granada Park, Phoenix


Gilded Flicker 2 11.23.14

Gilded Flicker (female), Granada Park, Phoenix

Gilded Flicker 11.23.14


 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.


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.

Yellow-Rumped Warbler 2

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

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Happy Thanksgiving!