Sunday, May 20, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Male Bell's Vireo
Male Orchard Oriole
Female Summer Tanager
Mallard First Family 2018
Green Heron Adult
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
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
Wild Turkey (Southwestern Subspecies)
Wild Turkey (Soutwestern Subspecies)
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.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Male Scarlet Tanager
Common Black Hawk
Male Masked Bobwhite
Northern Cardinal (Southwest Subspecies)
Male Western Tanager
Female Bighorn Sheep
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.