Saturday, May 19, 2018

Boomer's Best For Spring Migration 2018


                                                                  Male Bell's Vireo


                                                                  Male Orchard Oriole


                                                             Female Summer Tanager


                                                                  Lincoln's Sparrow


                                                           Mallard First Family 2018


                                                                Neotropic Cormorants


                                                                Common Yellowthroat


                                                                   Green Heron Adult


                                                                   Least Flycatcher


                                                                   Brown Thrasher


                                                                     Eastern Kingbird


May 2018

No sooner did I return from southeast Arizona, sleep overtook for a few hours, then it was back at
Boomer Lake to record summer residents, as well as neotropical migrants.

Fortunately, we have had a good showing for the migratory season.  We will still gain a few birds, lose a few birds, and perhaps get some surprises as a result.

I'm sure that the Neotropic Cormorants are breeding somewhere nearby, but as yet, the mystery
remains unsolved.

Since our Green Herons set up a little early, perhaps an early clutch or two will be in order.

Even though spring migration will be slowing down for a while, there are bound to be a few more
late adventurers.  Stay tuned for more news as it breaks.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Birding On a Shoestring: The Final Frontier On Southeast Arizona


                                                                       Cassin's Finch


                                                             Magnificent Hummingbird


                                                  Wild Turkey (Southwestern Subspecies)


                                                             Rufous-crowned Sparrow


                                                                    Bridled Titmouse


                                                               Hammond's Flycatcher


                                                     Wild Turkey (Soutwestern Subspecies)


                                                                                Lizard


                                                                         Elf Owl


                                                                      Ground Squirrel


                                                                        Gray Fox





                                                              Lucy's Warbler


This was the final several days of an exciting two weeks in southeastern Arizona.  If nothing else,
I learned that not all species that I wanted to see were available.  On other trips, I'm hoping for the
Elegant Trogon, more hawks and owls, woodpeckers, chickadees, jays, and pit vipers, as well as the gila monster.

I'm pleased with the number of hummingbirds that I was able to locate and photograph, getting about half of them on my first trip.

The climate was drier, not making it seem as hot, and I met some wonderful people along the way that I will retain contact with.

A large part of what I learned was about a non-profit greenhouse that also employs disabled people.
They have the largest number of native plants for Arizona and their honor is for the top spot in the country.  It gives me hope that Oklahoma will be able to support their own native plant community,
and perhaps have many more native birds as a result.

Even though this was a working vacation, it gave me many of the species that I came for, including
a few extra.  This is just the beginning of more trips to Arizona, to learn more about the varied
ecosystems and how they all work together in order to achieve a common goal.

There are many of you, but for now, I wish to thank Carol and Paul, Skye, Nate and Amanda, Janine, and many, many others that made this a trip to never forget.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Birding On a Shoestring: The Wilds of Arizona, Part 4


                                                                  Abert's Towhee


                                                              Male Scarlet Tanager


                                                           Broad-tailed Hummingbird


                                                                        Lizard


                                                                  Lesser Goldfinch


                                                               Violet-Green Swallow


                                                                  Spotted Towhee


                                                              Common Black Hawk


                                                            Magnificent Hummingbird


                                                                  Hermit Thrush


                                                             Anna's Hummingbird


                                                               Rufous Hummingbird


                                                                   Dragonfly


                                                             Male Masked Bobwhite


                                                Northern Cardinal (Southwest Subspecies)


                                                               Male Western Tanager


                                                                         Iguana


                                                              Female Bighorn Sheep


                                                               Curve-billed Thrasher

                                                             Black-throated Sparrow


                                                                     Brown Creeper


                                                                  Common Raven


04-23 through 04-27-18

Abert's Towhee is common in dense riparian brush and the male Scarlet Tanager is common in mixed and coniferous woods, feeding in the upper level of trees and usually solitary.

The Broad-tailed Hummingbird is common in dry montane coniferous woods with openings like meadows and thickets of willows, which are common in the area where the photo was taken in Santa Cruz County, the most southern of southeast Arizona.

Lesser Goldfinch are residents and are found in patchy open habitat, like wood edges and riparian thickets.

Violet-Green Swallows are common summer residents, nesting in cliff faces and tree cavities in open areas.

The Spotted Towhee, also a resident, usually stays under cover and enjoys brushy undergrowth within forests and sunny clearings.  It is a denizen of leaf litter, found scratching about for insects and seeds.

Common Black Hawks are rare and local located within mature cottonwood forests near streams.  Hunting from a perch, their favorite food are snakes, frogs, and rodents.

The Magnificent Hummingbird is uncommon in montane pine-oak forests, is somewhat large, and favors flowers and feeders.

Hermit Thrush is a resident and common in the brushy understory of forests, usually in drier and brushier habitat than most other thrushes.  It is seen all over the country in winter.  It is distinguished by a narrow white eyering and has a contrasting reddish tail.

Anna's Hummingbird is one of the most common hummingbirds with the oak-chapparal habitat.

Rufous Hummingbird is common, nesting within open coniferous forest and riparian woods.  These migrants are common in mountain meadows and is a small and compact bird with short wings.

The Masked Northern Bobwhite is very rare and local in the grasslands of southern Arizona.

The Black-th®mated Sparrow is common in arid desert scrub and sparse shrubby vegetation with patches of open ground.

The Curve-billed Thrasher is a resident, common in desert scrub and dense brushy woodlands with open areas. It forages on the ground, tossing leaf litter about to expose insects.

This Common Raven was found in a picnic area protecting small birds from feral cats when located.  Upon arrival and discovery of the cats, they were kept at bay, while the raven looked on from the sky.

This female bighorn sheep was an amiable sort and enjoyed having her photo taken.