Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hummingbird Nesting: Anna's Hummingbird


We have our third hummingbird nest of the season.  I suspect there are others, but these are very close to the main house so easily found.

This one is an Anna's Hummingbird. While we have several Broad Bill Hummers around we've not seen them nesting this year.

Anna's Hummingbird in Nest

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tumacacori Mission

Christine and I went with some friends (former guests of The Azure Gate who have now moved here) to the Tumacacori Mission.

It wasn't a birding trip, just visiting the Mission. I took my camera (just in case) anyway.

On the Mission grounds I took a few bird photos:

Young Barn Swallow waiting to be fed

Bewicks Wren

Cardinal

Grey Hawk

Lucy's Warbler

Vermillion Flycatcher

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mount Lemmon Birding

As Spring Migration continues and it gets down below, Mount Lemmon attracts birds (and people) of all sorts. Here are a few photos from yesterday:

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Olive Warbler Female

Olive Warbler Male

Red Faced Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Virginia's Warbler

Western Bluebird

Yellow Eyed Junco

Friday, May 19, 2017

Patagonia Lake: more photos

In addition to the Green Heron, here are some other photos from the day at Patagonia Lake:


Ash Throated Flycatcher

Cardinal

1srt year Vermillion Flycatcher

Western Tanager

Wilson's Warbler

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Patagonia Lake: Great Birding

Christine and I went to Patagonia Lake yesterday, arriving at 11:30 am. Not the ideal birding time. Result, we had the birding trail to ourselves. Well, except for all of the birds. We were there for a little over two hours and never made it to the creek. In fact, we never made it past the mesquite bosque at the bottom of the hill. 

It start with Yellow, Yellow Rumped, and Wilson's Warblers near the stairs going down to the lake. Then as we reached bottom and the small marshy pond along the weed bed a Green Heron gave us as many photos from as many different settings as we wanted.

Here are some of those Green Heron photos:






In the next photo, he caught something, don't think it was a fish; maybe a crayfish:




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day before yesterday I had a chance to go to Huachuca Canyon early and was rewarded. Three warblers: Black Throated Gray, Painted Redstart, and Hermit; Wild Turkeys; Cordilleran and/or Pacific Slope Flycatchers; male and female Hepatic Tanagers; White Tailed Deer at every (well not quite every) turn; 

Oh, and Elegant Trogons. The Trogons seem to serenade me all morning. At one point an Elegant Trogon flew from one branch to another, no more than 10 feet off the ground, and no more than 25 feet away from me. Once at each branch he started singing again. Loved it. Here are photos of this serenading Trogon (all on different branches):






Monday, May 15, 2017

Northern Cardinal at The Azure Gate B&B


Cardinals are so beautiful even though we see them daily I never tire of it. Yesterday I got a nice photo I wanted to share:

Northern Cardinal

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Blackpoll Warbler at Sweetwater Wetlands



Success! Didn't take long (2 minutes) to find the Blackpoll Warbler. And he was fairly cooperative. So got some nice photos. 

The Blackpoll winters in South America and spends its summers across much of Northern Canada. Like most warblers their diet is mostly insects. But unlike most warblers they tend to perch in dense foliage near the tops of trees to forage. However, during migration they adapt to whatever the environment offers. Since Sweetwater provides excellent foraging opportunities in brush and small trees he is a little easier to find and photograph.

Here are a few of those photos:





Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sweetwater Wetlands


Reports of a Blackpoll Warbler have sent me over to Sweetwater Wetlands. Didn't find it yesterday, but will head back after breakfast today.

I did come home with three nice photos though. A female Common Yellowthroat, a Wilson's Warbler, and a Green Heron:

Common Yellowthroat Female

Wilson's Warbler
Green Heron

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Still More Birds from Mount Lemmon

Yesterday's trip up Mount Lemmon was again productive as well as invigorating. 

A pair of Painted Redstarts were going in and out of their nest which was on one of the banks as you go up Incinerator Ridge.

Then looking for Olive Warblers at the Alder Picnic site produced a couple of females.


So here are a couple of new photos from yesterday that I particularly like:


Painted Redstart

Olive Warbler Female


Thursday, May 4, 2017

More from Mount Lemmon


Another quick trip up Mount Lemmon proved somewhat successful. I have been trying to locate the Lewis Woodpecker that has been reported, but to no avail. Yet, as usual, I did find some nice birds:

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

I saw but didn't get good photographs of Olive, Graces, and Hermit Warblers. But I did get several nice photos of Painted Redstarts, Red Faced Warblers, and Townsend's Warblers:

Painted Redstart

Red Faced Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Birding The Azure Gate


After breakfast this morning I though I would walk around our property with my camera just to see what was going on.

First, I wanted to see if there were any signs of baby Cooper's Hawk's in the nest. Mom was there moving around a bit but since the nest is 60 feet off the ground it's hard to tell:

Cooper's Hawk
Next a quick check of the Anna's Hummingbird nest:

Anna's Hummingbird
Then a nice Broad Billed Hummer -- both male and female:

Broad Billed Hummingbird Male

Broad Billed Hummingbird Female
A Lucy's Warbler on one of our Creosote Bushes:

Lucy's Warbler
And, finally a Rufous Winged Sparrow seemed to want his photo taken:

Rufous Winged Sparrow
Of course there were all sorts of other birds to be seen (though I didn't photograph them):

White Winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Gambel's Quail
Lesser Goldfinch
Verdin
House Finch
House Sparrow
Cactus Wren
Curved Billed Thrasher
Gila Woodpecker
Male and Female Cardinal
Male and Female Pyrrhuloxia
Male Phainopepla