Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Best of Cooper's Hawk Photos: 3

Another nice photo of a Juvenile Cooper's Hawk taken in one of our mesquite trees:

Cooper's Hawk

Monday, March 20, 2017

Best of Cooper's Hawk Photos: 2

Here a juvenile Cooper's Hawk still showing the brown plumage with dark vertical streaks on breast:

Cooper's Hawk Juvenile

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Best of Cooper's Hawk Photos: 1

We have a pair of nesting Cooper's Hawk that have been giving our guests a nice show a couple of times a day. The nest is quite high in one of our Aleppo Pines. I'm guessing the tree is about 80 feet high and the nest is at about 65 feet. The tree sits in our courtyard and each day there are twigs all over the brick patio. Oh well.

For the next few days I thought I share some of my favorite Cooper's Hawk photos:

Cooper's Hawk

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sam Lema Park, Tucson

I had to visit the VA Hospital which takes me right by Sam Lema Municipal Park -- where a Northern Waterthrush had been reported a few days earlier.

Again, I wasn't able to arrive before 10:30 so not much to report. No Waterthrush, but nonetheless a couple of photos:

Anna's Hummingbird

Say's Phoebe

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tubac Hawk Watch

One of the challenges of running a Bed and Breakfast is trying to get out early for birding during the winter months. March is no exception. We have guests every day and so breakfast every day. Last Friday I headed out to Tubac for the Hawk Watch, but just couldn't get there until after 10:30. By that time the hawks had shown themselves and departed. I hung around for about an hour and a half but only saw two hawks -- Cooper's Hawks, which of course nest in our Aleppo Pine Tree on our property. Oh well. Here just as evidence I was there are two "not so good photos."

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Azure Gate Birds:

I sat outside my office for about 15 minutes with camera in hand just to see what would pass by. The results:

Male Gambel's Quail

Male Pyrrhuloxia

Female Pyrrhuloxia

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mount Lemmon: Yellow Eyed Junco

It was 39 as I visited my favorite birding sites on Mount Lemmon. Too cold I'm afraid. The wind chill made it feel like 25. My favorite photo of the trip was this Yellow Eyed Junco, obviously trying to stay warm:

Yellow Eyed Junco