Tag Archives: Squirrel

The Locals

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eagle-young-3Bald Eagle, immature

This is either Hope or Joy, one of 2 Bald Eagles hatched in a nest in a Scottsdale golf course last spring (in a densely populated area). They were well-known locally then and each of them fell from their nest as nestlings and were placed back in by Arizona Game and Fish and Liberty Wildlife rehabbers. You can read their story and see them as babies here and here. I never saw them last year as their exact location was a secret, for their safety.

Anyway, I was at Lake Marguerite, which isn’t far from that golf course, a couple times recently looking for a Hairy Woodpecker and the second time I looked up and Hope or Joy was watching me! It’s always exciting to see a bald eagle, I think, and he/she took off right as I watched, zipped over the lake, swooped down, grabbed a fish, and flew off right by me. And I even saw the Hairy Woodpecker (which was my 12th lifer this year) but the photo is basically a black and white blur so I won’t show it here. However, I got a couple shots of this girl:

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lbwp-2Ladder-backed Woodpecker, female

ruddy-ducks-lmRuddy Ducks

I was also at Granada Park recently, my old standby park that I don’t visit much anymore, and I was surprised to see this beautiful guy watching me from the trees. While not a lifer, it was the best shots I’ve ever gotten of one.

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coop-hawk-2Cooper’s Hawk

cormy-1Neotropic Cormorant

ring-necked-duckRing-necked Duck

yrwa-1Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s

And when I was recently volunteering at the Desert Botanical Garden, I walked around afterwards and saw a few more critters.

gila-wp-1-17-17Gila Woodpecker, male

costas-1-17-17Costa’s Hummingbird, male

costas-girl-1-17-17Costa’s hummingbird, female

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squirrel-2Rock Squirrel

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thrashers-1-17-17Curve-billed Thrashers

towheesAbert’s Towhees

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…

Early Spring at the DBG

Finch Cactus

Finch Minimalist

Finch Nest BuildHouse Finches

The cacti are not yet blooming but the birds and other critters are busy~singing, nest-building, flying, and running around at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Harris's antelope SquirrelHarris’s Antelope Squirrel

Ground Squirrel

SquirrelRound-tailed Ground Squirrels

Cactus WrenCactus Wren

Cactus

Anyone nesting in there? Guess not.

Gila WPGila Woodpecker

Starling SneezingEuropean Starling

This poor Starling kept sneezing, he must have spring allergies.

YRWA DBGYellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s

3 Hawks

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawks

There were 5 of these hawks circling together.

Mourning DoveMourning Dove

ThrasherCurve-billed Thrasher

RCKI DBG

RCKI DBG 2

RCKI DBG CrownRuby-crowned Kinglet

I know that’s a bad photo but it’s the first time I’ve actually seen the red crown on one of these very fast-moving birds.

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BTGCBlack-tailed Gnatcatcher

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Sign 2

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I’ll be spending more time at the DBG because I start my volunteer orientation there this weekend!

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Bird Patio, Part 2

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Roadrunner 3

Roadrunner 2Greater Roadrunner

Everyone is on guard when this guy enters Samantha’s yard because, yup, he will eat them if he must. He’s fascinating to watch. Here are more birds I saw in Samantha’s yard a couple of weeks ago. See my last post for more.

Quail F 2

Quail F 3

Quail FGambel’s Quail, female

Quail MGambel’s Quail, male

Thrasher 1

Thrasher 2

Thrasher 3

Thrasher Eat NutCurve-billed Thrasher

WC Sparrow

WC Sparrow Eating

WC Sparrow 2White-crowned Sparrow

White-Crowned SparrowWhite-crowned Sparrow, immature

GoldfinchLesser Goldfinch, House Finch

I wish I had paid more attention to the Goldfinches because I’ve never gotten a very good shot of one and seldom see them.

Birds aren’t the only ones who receive preferential treatment at the Bird Patio. There are all sorts of critters around. We saw a coyote pass by, too.

SquirrelHarris’s Antelope Squirrel

I have many more shots of Samantha’s patio birds but I think I have covered most of the birds I saw in these 2 posts. Some of the others might pop up here and there in the future…all in all, a great birding day for me.

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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.

Bunny

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:

Western Tanager_edited-1Western Tanager