Category Archives: Birds

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House finch Yarnell AZ

Finally got a shot of the House finch

As you may already know, I’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time at the computer where I also watch the birds out my window.

Finches sparrows cardinal Yarnell AZ

I’m used to seeing lots of sparrows and finches, plus the cardinals flit in and out, male, female, male, female.  Taking turns.

Pyrrhuloxia or cardinal on feeder Yarnell AZ

The other day I saw what looked like an immature male cardinal.  Yet when I looked at the photos on the computer am now wondering if it’s not a Pyrrhuloxia, which I’ve never seen here before.  Maybe a better birder than I can confirm.  If it’s the later, it’s a lifer!  And how do you pronounce that word?

Javelina Yarnell AZ

I haven’t seen hardly any javelina around this winter until just recently during the cold snap and since.  They snuffle up bird seed and tip the water bowl.

Javelina Yarnell AZ

This might be “Dolly” who mostly travels solo.  Javelina usually travel in herds.

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OWT-Return to winter white

01 Snowing Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Sure glad I went out for propane the day before it snowed.

02 Sparrow & cardinal Yarnell AZ (1024x992)

Also glad I filled the bird feeders which were very busy during the snow.

03 Snowy window view Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Yet unlike yesterday, this last morning of the year the sky is mostly blue with sun shining through.

04 Snow view of Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Slowly melting some of the snow away.

05 Sunset Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

I’m glad for that and already ready to greet summer.

06 Coopers Hawk Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Coopers Hawk

And in only 33 days I shall enjoy summer again, just on a different continent.

07 Ringed Turtle Dove Yarnell AZ (1024x669)

Ringed Turtle Dove

So on this last day of 2012 I wish you all the best for the new year.


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Still watching the birds

01 660 Gambel quail & white-crowned sparrow Yarnell AZ (1024x677)

Gambel quail and fuzzy sparrow

Having no wheels means staying at home, a lot, where I spend many hours a day watching the birds.

02 698 Scrub jay Yarnell AZ (1024x1000)

Scrub jay

I’m not complaining.  At least not until the truck repair bill comes.  And then I might look like this ornery jay.

03 005 Male white-crowned sparrow Yarnell AZ (1024x651)

Male white-crowned sparrow

But in the meantime…

04 651 White-crowned female sparrow Yarnell AZ (1024x677)

Female white-crowned sparrow

Mostly I see the regular seed eaters.

05 654 House sparrow Yarnell AZ (1024x728)

House sparrow

Multiple different species of sparrows not always easy to identify.

06 009 Bridled titmouse Yarnell AZ (731x736)

Bridled titmouse

My first sighting this year of the titmouse, such a delightful word.

It’s really like a feeding frenzy.

08 672 Coopers Hawk Yarnell AZ (897x696)

Until the local Coopers hawk shows up.

09 674 Coopers Hawk Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Then it gets kind of quiet around here.

Here’s hoping that all of you have a Very Merry Christmas, or whatever you want to call it.

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What are you doing in the meantime?

OWT-Bird watching on a snowy day

01 Morning dove in snow Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Morning Dove

On the occasional days of snow in central Arizona I am more than happy to stay inside bird watching.  Yet I felt bad seeing them shiver in the cold.

02 Sparrows & cardinals in snow Yarnell AZ (1024x719)

Cardinals and Sparrows

Maybe I lied on a previous post about the territorial cardinals as now I’ve seen not just two males…

03 Three cardinals Yarnell AZ (1024x534)

Three Cardinals

…but a third as well.  Can you see it?  They seem to barely tolerate each other.

04 Female & male cardinals Yarnell AZ (1024x576)

He’s watching her

Not that I have favorites but the brilliant red against the brush puts me in the Christmas spirit.

05 Birds in snow Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

I agree with Chris about how difficult it can be to identify some of the sparrows, especially during a feeding frenzy.  And who knows what sets them all off in a scurry to quickly return to the seed buffet.  (Couldn’t get the video to load.)  How many can you ID?

06 Towhee and sparrows on snow Yarnell AZ (1024x755)

One Towhee, and Sparrows

The towhees skittishly pop in and out of view making it very difficult to get a photo.

07 Sunset over snowy Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ (1024x542)

It pretty much snowed all day then slowly the clouds broke at sunset.

08 Good morning sunshine on Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

And Sunday lived up to its name sparkling on the Weaver Mountains.

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Winter a week early

01 Sparrows & quail in snowy Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Sparrows and Gambel Quail

The birds of central Arizona may want to head further south, and I think I’ll follow them. 

02 Snowy Yarnell AZ (1024x1018)

Winter officially starts next week, 12-21-12, on the calendar.  Oh no, the end of the world as some folks think.  But really just the end of warm weather in the Northern Hemisphere.  Yet Mother Nature has her own time schedule and I think her seasonal clock is askew.  Maybe that has something to do with humans over-winding the watch, or lack of watching what we do to our planet.  Not a lecture on climate change, just a thought.

03 White crowned sparrows, Northern Cardinal & Black-throated sparrow Yarnell AZ (1024x680)

White-crowned sparrows, Northern cardinal, and, maybe a black-throated sparrow

For the most part it seems the birds get along when it comes to survival with an occasional chase by the quail that appears harmless enough.  But there seems to be two male Northern Cardinals in competition.  One, the obvious dominant, chases the other into the brush and oak between the feeders and the wash.  Not very neighborly.

04 Quail in snow Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Not that keen on snow and cold having seen enough of it growing up in the Chicago suburbs and living in northern Washington.  I’d rather fly off to warmer climes.  Still working on that time consuming plan.  It’s hard to believe there’s so much to see in South Africa.  I’ll only be there two months.  And be watching different birds and wildlife.

05 White-crowned sparrow Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Because I don’t want to go out in the cold these photos were all taken through a water-droplet covered window.  I am more impressed by the new lens every day. 

06 Snowy view towards theWeaver Mts Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Has winter arrived where you are?