My wife and I visited the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens recently. We saw this fascinating black bird nesting in a tree. In flight, you can see the white markings on its wings.
I’ve seen these before, but never in my backyard. The Gila was really enjoying our Mesquite tree.
Photo from Flickr
American Wigeon have descended on the lake. They are a noisy bird. They are in the dating phase of the year, so they are even noisier now. I love the green and white heads of the male.
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a new bird. I’ve been busy lately, so it might be that I just haven’t been looking. Luckily, I was walking near the kitchen window when I saw a couple Gilded Flickers bouncing around the backyard. One hung out on the top of the fence, while the other picked at the ground for ants and such. These birds are a desert woodpecker of sorts that likes to live in Saguaro cacti. I must remember to look more often.
Another of the birds I saw just below the Mogollon Rim. This bird has a fantastically funny way of feeding. I was quite amused by it. I was looking head on when I spotted it on a pine tree. It was the most bizarre thing. (This photo is from Wikipedia)
This is a sequence from Wikipedia of how it eats.
I went to the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation to help my father on his elk hunt. I spotted some cool birds while we hunted. These were all spotted in the canyons just below the Mogollon Rim.
I love the colors of Steller’s Jay. I saw one that looked much like this flying. The crown of the head and the blue body was what caught me eye. (This photo from Wikipedia.)
Stacy and I went for a walk late tonight by the lake and this bird was hunting on the shore line. It was dark, but you could still see the white, yellow and black. Photo by Mike Baird.
Since there hasn’t been much diversity at the feeder in the backyard, I thought I would take a stroll down to the lake by my house. I was intrigued by these black birds with white beaks. In the water they just look like some kind of duck. But, they are from the Rallidae family of crakes, coots and gallinules. I have to say the most amazing things about these birds are the FEET. I’m glad I took my binoculars. Amazing feet for such a small bird.
We have a female Lesser Goldfinch that has started to visit the finch sock. It’s smaller than the rest of the finches, but stands out quite a bit with its green head and yellow body. It looks like the top female in this illustration from National Geographic.
It somewhat looks like this picture from Wikipedia.
I thought these were just finches when I first saw them, but they are House Sparrows. I guess these are considered invasive and a pest. Female picture from wikipedia.
Have only seen a couple males. They aren’t as bright as this one from Wikipedia.