Birds of the Sonoran desert
Birds of the Sonoran desert
This is in no way all the birds that are in the Sonoran, but it is some of the birds we have at our camp spot. It’s also a few we have spotted in the general area. Camping here has been great with all the birds. Usually we only see a few, so it has been a real treat to have so many.
First, some raptors we have seen in our local travels. This red tailed hawk was at the organ pipe monument. We spotted him when we were driving the loop road. I shot these from the truck, with no tripod. So, they could have been better. Especially the flying one. But he was gorgeous to watch.
The day we went to Kitt peak observatory, I spotted these birds right off the road. There were 4 or 5 of them all together in an old snaggly tree. Of course by the time we turned around and went back, they scattered. Thankfully they didn’t fly too far away.
I researched, a fancy word for googled, and found out they are Harris hawks. They actually hunt in packs like wolves. That explained why there were so many together. Normally raptors are solitary. They are handsome though.
I mentioned the day we attracted the hummingbirds with our feeder as soon as we got here. So, the other day we went to the store in Ajo and I picked up a bird seed thing, were the seed is all stuck together. I knew we had Cardinals, Gila woodpeckers, and several kinds of sparrows in the neighborhood. And I wanted photos. Best 5 dollars I ever spent.
This bird is tiny, he actually comes to the hummingbird feeder. I found out he is called a Verdin. He makes the cutest little peeping sounds.
And quail, gotta love them.
You can never have too many photos of hummingbirds. These guys are a blast to watch as they chase each other around.
This little guy had to see what all the commotion is I suppose. He is a white tailed antelope squirrel.
We have also had 3 different kinds of sparrows, a thrasher, and a couple of birds I am still trying to identify. I bought an Audubon book of all the plants and animals of the desert, so that has been helpful.
Al has already painted the male cardinal, and has ideas in his head for more bird paintings. We love birds. Watching them, listening to them, and creating art around them.
I saw a few of these on a trip to Arizona last year – don’t think they will be on this years list!!
Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne
But you have a great variety where you are.
Fabulous we enjoyed seeing those. Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly
Birds are a huge favorite of mine, Mary, and that first photo, with the perfect sky in the background….what an impressive pose of this mighty king of the sky! And the other sweet winged friends…did you use a long lens to get such close-ups?
The cardinal…..we have these beauties in our garden and are they ever a fun sight to behold in the snow! Ahhhh….thank you for my morning wake-up call. So gorgeous! Anita
I bet the cardinals against the snow would be fantastic! And yes, I have a 70-200mm telephoto. Not huge, but it gets a bit closer.
Hi Mary! AH HA! You have a great lens. I’d like to get at least two good lens – one for close-ups like this, and for micro details. You really captured these beauties, and yes, the cardinals are spectacular against the snow! Anita
I could hang out there just to see these birds. I love the Harris Hawks, woodpecker and the pretty Verdin! The quail and the hummingbird are pretty too. Great shots, enjoy your day!
It so fun to just watch them from the window, or even when we are sitting outside.
I got so wrapped up in the squirrel I forgot all about the other photos! The cardinal is really beautiful!
LOL…He was too cute to chase.
We have some of those same birds here. Birds are among my favorite creatures too; in fact, I put up a small bird tree at Christmas with all bird and berry ornaments. It’s my favorite. Do you have any trouble with hawks going after Roxy? We’ve had hawks attack small dogs here while they’re on-leash! One hawk actually picked up a small dog that was on-leash and tried to carry it off. The owner had to fight to get her poor pup back. She did and the dog was okay but had to go to the vet for punctures and scratches caused by the hawk’s claws. Hopefully your hawks are smaller and wouldn’t go after little Roxy!
We haven’t any big bird trouble with Roxy. We keep a pretty close eye out though. If big raptors start circling overhead, we pick her up.
I just posted about the Birds of Northern Idaho on my blog. We are on the same wave length. *lol* Use that book and see if you can identify the mystery bird on my post for me.
I will have to get the book and have a look see.
great bird shots. We have these little sparrows roasting at night in our deck eves all fluffed up to stay warm. They eat our chicken food and they do carry mites and our a nusense. We have had lots of hawks and eagles. Today we have fog. Glad your’e enjoying your scenery. Thanks for sharing.
So many fabulous bird shots.
We have had a pair of cardinals in our back yard for years, and not once have I succeeded in getting a picture of them. These pics are so awesome!
awesome birds (and critter!) LOVE the harris hawks! so striking!
Oh, I love birds too….what wonderful photographs.
Beautiful birds! Feed them and they will come. We see hawks occasionally in our park, and there’s always a Cardinal hanging around here in the winter. Love Dolly
I’d say it was five dollars well spent, too! You have some beautiful neighbors there!
Those photos are gorgeous! I’m a sucker for raptors. We have a large amount of red tails here and I love to watch them.
What colorful and beautiful birds! I’m guessing that the desert is a mecca for them in the winter!
What gorgeous, colorful birds! I just love listening to the birds! That is one of the things I enjoy about being at our cottage in the summertime. There are so many birds…many memories of lying in the hammock just listening to them sing. So glad you are enjoying your time with the desert birds!!
Wonderful photos! Great shot of the hawk in flight, that’s some wing span! I love all the birds we get here in Phoenix; my faves are Road Runners, Quail, Cactus Wrens, and of course loads of Hummingbirds! We also see some wild green Parrots; weird to see them outside a pet store LOL! Antelope Squirrel huh? So that’s what those little guys are – thought they were Chipmonks. Glad you’re enjoying the AZ beauty!
Awesome and adorable!!!…:)JP