The birds of Phoenix
My friend and I went to Phoenix for three days last week for her follow up on her recent surgery at the Phoenix Mayo Clinic. The scope of our visit was limited by time and circumstances, but we took full advantage of what was there before us. These birds, by Phoenix standards, are common and perhaps to them, not so exciting. But , since we don't have any of these birds in our area, we were captivated by their uniqueness and, in some cases, their beauty. Hope you enjoy ...
This sinister looking little character is a Curve-Billed Thrasher. They are desert and urban dwellers and build their nests in cactus.
A closer look at the spectacular poke-a-dot tail feathers ...
This is the Cactus Wren. It is the biggest wren in North America. It doesn't have the glorious song of the House Wren, but makes up for it with it's beautiful coloring.
A Gila Woodpecker. They are urban dwellers as well as along deserts and creeks. It nests in holes in the Saguaro Cactus.
Hark ... a female in yonder tree ...
A Black Chinned Hummingbird. Urban area's, wooded canyons to middle elevations. (black eyes on black feathers is hard to capture ... I am open to suggestions from anyone out there who know a method.)
The Northern Mockingbird. Found in thickets of shrubs and thorny bushes, scrubby woodlands and gardens. We do occasionally see them in our area, but I have never been able to get close enough to capture them so clearly. This little boy was singing his threepete mimicks the whole time I was shooting.
The Gambel's Quail. These are the fastest running birds ever. Every step I took toward them they scurried two or more feet in the opposite direction. I had to use my zoom to get these pictures. They live in desert areas and when on the move, they look like little wind up toys.
Though this is not a bird ... this little Desert Cottontail kept running past me as I was stalking the Quail. I could only resist for so long :)