Sparrows and Gambel Quail
The birds of central Arizona may want to head further south, and I think I’ll follow them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Has winter arrived where you are?