Saturday, April 24, 2010
Hooded Oriole: Madera Canyon, Arizona4:43 PM Links to this post
Gambel's Quail4:40 PM Links to this post
Northern Cardinal3:31 PM Links to this post
Yellow-eyed Junco3:29 PM Links to this post
Our last batch of Arizona Birds
Lesser Goldfinches (and Pine Siskins): Madera Canyon. We saw many bird in Arizona that were more colorful than the common New Jersey Birds. However, the American goldfinch, the state bird of NJ, is more spectacular than the lesser goldfinches.
Cooper's Hawk outside our hotel room
And we couldn't resist taking a photo of the Abert's Squirrel aka Tassel-eared Squirrel.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tanagers from Madera Canyon, Arizona
The internet can be very helpful when birding. From New Jersey we read about the flame-colored tanager in the Southeast Arizona Rare Bird Alert: "The male FLAME-COLORED TANAGER continued in Madera Canyon through 4/14 at and near Madera Kubo"
We just had to see it. Armed with directions from Greg, we left early Sunday morning. We heard it for quite some time before it came down from the top of the trees to a jelly feeder.
Later, a different tanager, the Hepatic Tanager, was at the same feeder. Pretty neat since we didn't know that there were Hepatic Tanagers.
We saw this male Black-headed Grosbeak at Madera Canyon south of Tucson. Chris kept commenting on the yellow chest but Mike didn't really notice until he looked at the photos. Once, it was with another smaller bird that we later identified as a juvenile male black-headed grosbeak.
Baby Great Horned Owl
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Trip to Arizona - Woodpeckers
We often look at other bird photographers' posts and see a lot of great pictures coming out of Arizona, so we started thinking we'd go check it out for ourselves some day. Coincidentally, Mike recently reconnected with a friend and colleague, Greg, who lives in Tucson, Arizona, and learned that he and his wife Mary were avid birdwatchers. Greg and Mary are some of the nicest people we know, so with the thought of great birding in good company, there was no stopping us from quickly planning a trip. What a successful trip! Greg and Mary took us to several top birding spots, and we also ventured out on our own with good results. During our long weekend there, we covered a lot of territory, which included: Agua Caliente Park, Mount Lemmon, Sabino Canyon and Madera Canyon in the Coronado National Forest, and Sweetwater Wetlands. None of us could believe the good luck we were having and it made for great laughs. Greg and/or Mary would say "this is where we usually see" and name a bird, and within a few minutes Chris or Mike would be seeing exactly what they named. Fantastic birdwatching hosts and cooperative birds made for great fun! We saw more than we hoped for, and it's hard to pick a favorite from all these incredible birds. There were a few we hoped to see but missed, so we may have Tucson, Arizona, on our itinerary another time.
Here are a few pictures of some woodpeckers we saw. These were all new to Mike but Chris had seen the acorn woodpecker before in Ojai, California. We'll post more than woodpeckers in the next few days including the flame-colored tanager.
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Mourning Dove Nest: Photos by Taryn
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