Other Birds

This is the home of all the birds that didn’t find a home on one of the other pages.

I spotted this bright Cardinal out in Glendale.

Arizona Cardinal

This is not a good shot of a kingfisher, but I’m including it just to show it’s there. I spotted another one on New Year’s Day, 2009, but it flew before I could get a picture.

Belted Kingfisher

A Black Phoebe, taken along the Salt River, just off the Bush Highway.

Black Phoebe

This is of our own feeder. The Gila woodpecker hanging off the hummingbird feeder needs a little explanation. It flies in and lands upside down because it would run into the feeder if it tried to get there right-side-up. After it hooks the perch upside down, it uses that tail to flip itself sideways and upright. I’ve also seen it just use the tail to lift itself up where its long tongue can reach the holes for the sugar water. So far I haven’t been able to get a good enough picture of that, though…

Gila on the Feeder

Gila on the Feeder 2

Big, black, large corvus at the Grand Canyon.

Raven

Common in the area, and a lot of them can be a noisy bunch, but the grackles are funny to watch posture when they’re strutting their stuff. Taken at the Water Ranch.

Great-Tailed Grackle Wading

Check out the back stripes on the Ladderback. Water Ranch, early in 2008.

Ladderback Woodpecker

Near the Salt River, along the Bush Highway. Beautiful little bird!

Lawrences Goldfinch

Hanging with the Lawrences (shown above), this is a Lesser Goldfinch.

Lesser Goldfinch

A beautiful bird on a beautiful morning, an Orange-crested Warbler. At the Water Ranch, 1/1/09.

Orange-crested Warbler

The first one is “shopping for a new apartment” and the second is “catching rays” and was taken 1/1/09.

Peach-faced Lovebirds

Peach-faced Lovebirds 2

Water Ranch, yet again. These Peach-faced Lovebirds are natives of Africa and doing very well in Arizona. The blackbirds were ignoring them.

Lovebirds Among Red-Winged Blackbirds

Love the way this one sounds: Phainopepla. Fayn-o-pep-la… Taken north of Fountain Hills where there is mistletoe for them.

Phainopepla

Also taken north of Fountain Hills, along the Verde River, the Red-naped Sapsucker.

Red-Naped Sapsucker

Red-Naped Sapsucker 2

I like the fact that it found a way to perch on that lamp post even with all the spikes. The common pigeon, also known as the Rock Dove.

Rock Dove

Little, cute, fast, yellow-faced – the Verdin. Taken at the Water Ranch 1/1/2009.

Verdin

The Vermillion Flycatcher was doing some mating dances and didn’t stay put for very long at all.

Vermillion Flycatcher

This Western Bluebird was taken north of Fountain Hills, along the Verde River.

Western Bluebird

2 Responses to Other Birds

  1. Mary Smith says:

    Awesome photos! Do you bird watch on the Verde River in Camp Verde? Do you have any photos taken on the Verde River?

    • Darryl says:

      I’ve not been up that way for some time. There are pictures from the Verde, but from near Fountain Hills. That’s where pictures of the Vermillion Flycatcher and the Phainopepla were taken.

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