Category Archives: Photos-Birds

Photos that I have taken of Birds.

~A nice hike up to an overlook at Picacho State Park, AZ

December 30, 2018, A nice hike up to an overlook at Picacho State Park, AZ.

Temperatures have been in the low 50’s and high 40’s with overnight lows in the high 20’s. Last night it rained and we woke this morning to low hanging clouds below the snow-covered peaks. The sun finally came out and it tuned out to be a nice day with a high of 48.

Our hike on the 30th was very nice. We took a trail that was “training” for us in hopes of climbing to the top of Picacho Peak. Don’t know if we will make it, but it will be fun and interesting trying. Thursday is the day!

Picacho Peak State Park, campground in the background, left.
Saguaro Cactus
Even though it has been cold here, there are still a few blooming plants.
Picacho Peaks
A Saguaro Cactus skeleton.

I don’t know why, but the fallen skeleton of these giant Saguaro Cactus fascinate me. Interesting fact sheet on the Saguaro Cactus can be found here:  https://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/Saguaro%20Cactus.php

Just a couple from the fact sheet: simply amazing!

Life Span-With the right growing conditions, it is estimated that saguaros can live to be as much as 150-200 years old.

Size-Saguaro are very slow growing cactus. A 10 year old plant might only be 1.5 inches tall. Saguaro can grow to be between 40-60 feet tall (12-18m). When rain is plentiful and the saguaro is fully hydrated it can weigh between 3200-4800 pounds.

Arizona Barrel Cactus

Can’t see the trail, but it was mostly vertical.
Typical terrain.

Yesterday, the 31st, I spent some time trying to capture a few bird shots at the motorhome. I don’t like to take photos of birds at the feeder, but with no trees around I had no choice.

Anna’s Hummingbird.

This male Anna’s, spent so much time watching for other hummingbirds. It is comical to watch.

The sunlight shining on his beautiful, pink throat.
Ever watchful.

Lark Bunting
White-crowned Sparrow
Gila Woodpecker

I would like to wish everyone a very healthy, happy, loving, and adventurous, new year. Enjoy what nature has to offer.

 

~Ducks

December 19, 2018, Oro Valley, AZ

The featured photo of the Pied-billed Grebe and the female Green-winged Teal were taken at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, AZ during the week.

Female Green-winged Teal

For more information on the Sweetwater Wetlands, you can visit their website: Sweetwater Wetlands

The photos below were taken today at Aqua Caliente Park in Tuscon, AZ. It is a lovely place to enjoy the day.

Things to do include, learning about the history of the area and what it is currently being used for, walking the trails looking for birds or just sitting on one of the park benches relaxing.

For more information on the Aqua Caliente Park, you can visit their website, http://tucsonaudubon.org/about-us/our-locations/745-2/

 

American Wigeon pair. The male is stretching his wing.
American Wigeons. I don’t know what they were eating, but they sure were clustered around each other trying to feed.

I loved the reed reflections on the pond and where the duck was snoozing; however, the buoy in the background ruined the photo so I included some with it cropped out.

Ring-necked
Ring-necked Pair
He was watching me with one eye open and then he decided he better check me out more closely.
It looks like he got really mad at me.

 

~An American Symbol

 

November 29, 2018, Dead Horse Ranch Park, Cottonwood, AZ

The American bald eagle was adopted as the national bird symbol of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus) was chosen for its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it’s native to North America.

A Bald Eagle sitting high up on a cliff.
Surveying the area.
Across the road are several lagoons. People told us two were in the area and they would see them fly over the water early in the mornings and late in the evenings.

After a while, he decided to take flight.
A feel fortunate to have captured this majestic Bald Eagle.

Coming up: The Painted Desert National Park,  a train ride, and a Christmas dinner show.

 

~Wasatch Mountain State Park, Midway, UT, Jordanelle State Park, ​and a few birds

~The moon was full last night (10/24/18). Didn’t capture a good photo, but I like the leaves in front of the moon in the photo.

oOo-Wasatch Mountain State Park

We took a ride from Jordanelle State Park to Wasatch Mountain State Park one day. It is a beautiful, older state park, established in 1961, and it even has a golf course. It is located in the northern part of the state within the Wasatch Range on the north and west edges of the Heber Valley in Wasatch County near the city of Midway. The Wasatch Range is a mountain range that stretches approximately 160 miles from the Utah-Idaho border, south through central Utah in the western United States. It is on the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains. (some info was taken from the Web)

Didn’t see any RV sites in Wasatch Mountain State Park that would accommodate big rigs, so plan carefully if you want to visit this area. I would highly recommend Jordanelle State Park, but not in the busy summer months.

oOo-Midway, UT

The town of Midway was settled by Swiss Mormons and its Swiss architecture is prominent today. More information on the history of the town here – Midway, UT

There are several Bed and Breakfast places to stay in Midway all portraying the Swiss influence.

 

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Blue Boar Inn
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Midway Town Hall
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Midway Post Office
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Appeared to be a private home in Midway.
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Wasatch Mountain State Park

However, we did find some Toms hanging out with a few ladies on the golf course in the state park.

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Showing off its beautiful tail feathers.

I am so glad the birds finally found the feeders I hung out. There are Western Scrub Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, Mountain Chickadees, Downy Woodpeckers, American Gold Finches, House Sparrows, Black-billed Magpies, and a wonderful surprise, several Cassin’s Finches. I don’t ever remember seeing so many at one time before.

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American Gold Finch
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Downy Woodpecker
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Black-capped Chickadee

I have seen lots of hawks in the area, some probably migrating through, but haven’t been able to identify them with certainty. I saw a flash of a white-ban on a hawk today and I think it was a Northern Harrier.