Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Audubon’s
Those photos were taken at Desert Botanical Garden a couple weeks ago when I took a friend there.
Tony and I have not gone on one of our day trips for a few weeks now but we went over to Granada Park the other day, which was a dreary day, and saw these birds:
Vermilion Flycatcher (first I’ve seen in central Phoenix area)
Ring-necked Duck, female
White-crowned Sparrow, first winter
And then the yard birds…
Broad-billed Hummingbird, female (Yard Bird #46)
She was a new yard bird! And a rare bird for the area! I reported her on eBird and it was confirmed. These birds normally don’t come much further north than southeastern Arizona although a few others have been reported in our area this winter. I would so love a male to show up because this is what they look like (we saw this one in Madera Canyon earlier this year):
Aren’t they gorgeous? Of course, all hummingbirds are beautiful. The one below is an Anna’s female, you can see how different she looks from the Broad-billed female.
Gila Woodpecker, male
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s
I saw this guy a few weeks ago and then he disappeared. Now I saw another one in our yard the other day by itself so don’t know if the same one returned:
And then my very favorite yard bird, Tink, was kind enough to pose away from the feeders the other day:
An amazing thing happened just before I took these photos. A hawk (Sharp-shinned, I think, but I didn’t get a photo) crashed through the mesquite tree where the feeders are looking for a snack, I guess. I know they need to eat but I was pleased it came out empty-taloned. It then landed on my neighbor’s garage while I ran in to get the camera and it took off just as I tried to get a shot. I really hope it gets its meals somewhere other than our yard…so does Tink.