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Phainopepla   Leave a comment

Phainopepla-0827 blogPhainopepla In Sabino Canyon (January 1, 2018) — Image by kenne

These birds like high perches so as to be seen and check out their territory.
Or, is it they just like being seen. You take one position and I will take the other.

— kenne

 

Verdin In A Desert Willow   Leave a comment

Verdin-0842 blogVerdin In A Desert Willow — Image by kenne

Verdins are very common in riparian areas of the Sonoran Desert and can be found along the Sabino Canyon creekbed where there are plenty of willows, cottonwoods, and Arizona sycamores. On New Years Day there were several in the willows near the Sabino Dam foraging for insects on the willow stems.

This small hardy and adaptable bird is not closely related to any other bird in the western hemisphere. Scientists now believe that its closest relatives are several species of small, plain birds found in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Verdins have a plain gray color with yellow on the head and throat. In this image, the sunlight really brings out the yellow against the blue desert sky.

— kenne

Drought Resistant   Leave a comment

Bird Feeder Kenne on DeckImage by kenne

Drought Resistant

Tomorrow early, I will go to the canyon
and take photos of the fall colors,
but today I am staying home

trying to stay warm without a fire
in the fireplace watching the birds
gathering at the feeder.

Last night I could hear a few raindrops
landing on the skylight knowing that
it won’t last, and it didn’t — this is the desert.

I am amazed how long desert plants
can survive without water, but then
that’s why they are called drought resistant.

— kenne

Gambel’s Quail   2 comments

Gambel's Quail-0678-3 blogGambel’s Quail Eating Cactus Fruit — Image by kenne

Fleet at foot
Always on the move
Prince of speed.

— kenne

Female Phainopepla Returns To The Canyon   Leave a comment

Female Phainopepla-0628 blog IIFemale Phainopepla in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

After spending the summer at the higher elevations of the Santa Catalina Mountains, phainopeplas have returned to the lower Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

Blue Wing — Might Have Been A Bluebird   7 comments

Western Bluebird-0518 Framed blogWestern Bluebird — Image by kenne

I can’t think of bluebirds without thinking of Tom Russell’s song, “Blue Wing” — one of my favorite. Both help me see the sky above.

— kenne

Blue Wing by Tom Russell

He had a blue wing tattooed on his shoulder
Well it might have been a bluebird I don’t know
But he’d get stone drunk and talk about Alaska
The salmon boats and 45 below

He said he got that blue wing up in Walla Walla
And his cellmate there was Little Willy John
And Willy he was once a great blues singer
And Wing and Willy wrote ’em up a song. They said…

CHORUS:
It’s dark in here; can’t see the sky
But I look at this blue wing and I close my eyes
And I fly away beyond these walls
Up above the clouds where the rain don’t fall
On a poor man’s dream.

They paroled Blue Wing in August, of 1963
He moved north picking apples to the town of Wenatchee
Then winter finally caught him in a run down trailer park
On the south side of Seattle where the days grow gray and dark

And he drank and he dreamt of visions when the salmon still ran free
And his fathers’ fathers crossed that wild old Bering Sea
And the land belonged to everyone and there were old songs yet to sing
Now it’s narrowed down to a cheap hotel and a tattooed prison wing

CHORUS:
It’s dark in here; can’t see the sky
But I look at this blue wing and I close my eyes
And I fly away beyond these walls
Up above the clouds where the rain don’t fall
On a poor man’s dream.

Blue Wing by Tom Russel Video

The Migrating Turkey Vultures Are Back   1 comment

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Turkey Vulture (1 of 1)-19 blogImages by kenne

This time of year the migrating turkey vultures come gliding and circling in each afternoon from the north landing in the large trees along the Tanque Verde Wash. Our home is about 100 yards up from the wash, so it’s easy to watch for migrating birds. The next morning like clockwork, they start circling up around 9:00 am continuing their return to Mexico.

— kenne

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