Birds in Southeast Arizona
Birds in Southeast Arizona
I had no idea there was such a variety of birds in southeast Arizona. I’m not a birder by any means, I prefer to think of myself as a wildlifer. Any and all wildlife are what I like to see, and photograph. This part of Arizona is pretty well known for all the different areas were birds hang out though. Generally it’s higher elevation were you can find these places, and they are sometimes referred to as sky islands. The places we have gone are also noted bird conservation areas, and areas of importance for the birds.
Vermillion Flycatcher. Can’t miss these little guys, so bright and colorful.
We went to a birding area near Patagonia Lake. I’m sure that more towards spring we would have seen a lot more birds. But, we did get to see a few of the year round residents.
A female cardinal is not as flashy as her bright red boyfriend, but beautiful all the same.
Northern flicker is a bird I love, and see when we are in the north. Of course. They are usually very skittish, and impossible to get photos of. This male was more than happy to sit and pose for us.
This is a young gila woodpecker, you can really see the similarities with flickers in the feather pattern. And they are noisy like a flicker.
A mockingbird is pretty common, but I love the way they sing. Quite the personality packed into the little feathered body.
One place that was definitely on my list was Madera Canyon. Again, this area is much better for birds in March going into April. But there are birds that live here year round, that are fairly easy to see with some hiking.
Bluebird. Cute, colorful and we saw several of these little guys.
Mexican scrub jay. There were lots of these guys around. Noisy squawking things. That color though!
Acorn woodpecker. I’m glad we saw these birds again and got better photos actually in the sun. Look at those shimmery feathers! I had no idea that Arizona has their very own oak tree. They are everywhere in this part of the state. So these guy, have lots to eat.
And the number one reason for going to Madera canyon was this guy. An Elegant Trogan. They normally winter in Mexico, and in April there are 3 or 4 nesting pairs in Madera. Apparently this male got tired of traveling 3 years ago, and is now a year round resident. He’s the only one, but he must not mind it. Have you ever seen anything more beautiful?
He’s a funny bird, slow moving mostly. He sat on this branch and slowly rotated his head. But, when they decide to fly it happens quick.
I’m hoping to get back and see him again.
Another area well known for birds is Whitewater draw. The big draw is the massive amount of sandhill cranes that winter there. But that’s going to have to be a whole post on it’s own. These birds also live there, and are fun to see too.
Black Phoebe. Cute fluffer little thing. Nice of him to give me such a great backdrop.
Canyon Towhee. I new bird for me, and quite common in the area.
Northern Harrier. What an awesome bird, and a new one for me. A raptor about the size of a hawk. We have watched them skim low over the grasses looking for prey.
Kestrel. These guys are so hard to photograph normally. Always moving fast, and rarely sitting still. The males are so striking, and this guy was nicely cooperative.
Speaking of cooperative. This redtail hawk was the most cooperative, non cooperative bird ever. He sat in one place forever, but almost always in either bad light, or behind sticks.
We saw a loggerhead shrike a couple times. I really like to get birds when they are preening.
He sang us a nice song too.
And waterfowl. There are about 100 snow geese. Not many by comparison of some places, but fun to see.
And a green winged teal. These guys are gorgeous too. Why are the males in birds so colorful?
For someone who isn’t a birder, I guess I have lots of bird photos. LOL. I hope you enjoyed all these guys as much as I have. My next post is going to be about the sandhill cranes. I have tons of photos and videos to get through so I can share with you guys.
Gorgeous collection of bird images. We visited Patagonia SP Feb 2015 and saw the handsome Elegant Trogan. I managed a couple of snap shots of him but nothing close to your amazing captures.
I love this post, love your fabulous bird pictures. We’ve gone to Patagonia State Park and to Madera Canyon many times and we’ve yet to see the Trogan….not for lack of trying! We camped at Whitewater Draw once with Nina and Paul…we spend a lot of time dissecting Owl pellets from the resident Great Horned Owl. Fun for geeks!
Oh my, oh my, oh my. If you painted that Elegant Trogan people would think you made him up! And the power in the wings of the red tailed hawk taking off…and such lovely little birds, all fluff and color. So wonderful, all of them! I’m in Alabama and have seen the blue heron, and a brown thrasher and a pair of bluebirds. I have pictures of all of those, but no really GREAT pictures of any of them! But I’ve enjoyed being outside in 50 degree weather with no snow, so it’s all good.
Plenty of colour in the plumage. Makes a change for us here in the UK. True we do have some birds that sport a bright coat of feathers but for the most part it is a wide varietybofvgreys thru browns in a multitude of shades.
I love the really bright colored birds. They are so amazing looking.
Good morning Mary! The spots on one of these birds…the woodpecker..looks like a fine dotted Swiss fabric. Extraordinary!
Every photo exquisite!
Wow! Wow! Wow! I loved seeing all these amazing birds. You had me at hello with the Bluebird but then The Elegant Trogan showed up. Wow! I’ve never seen one before so thank you so much for sharing!
Your captures are stunning… thank you!
Birds are my favorite, so I love these! It is fun to see a combination of birds that I’ve also seen here at home, but also some that are totally new to me! I don’t have as much time for it as I used to, but I’ve always considered myself a birder. My sister and I used to go to a lot of different places to find different ones. She and I need to try to start doing that again!