Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

Great Blue Visited Nextdoor   4 comments

Great Blue Heron Visited A Neighbor’s House — Image by kenne

Although one might not expect to see a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the Sonoran Desert, they have an extensive range
and occur throughout much of North and Central America wherever there is water. If you happen to have a koi or goldfish pond
in your backyard, you may be visited by a heron.

— kenne

Hummingbird Feeder Art   Leave a comment

Hummingbird Feeder Art — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sometimes you hear them

Their humming sound makes us look

Making eye contact.

— kenne

Sandhill Cranes   6 comments

Sandhill Cranes Over Whitewater Draw — Image by kenne

After leaving at sunrise
to feed in the nearby fields
hundreds of cranes return
at mid-day,
squawking in a
cacophony heard miles around.

It’s sunny with a few passing
clouds drifting overhead
in the distance
mountains rise above
the farm and ranch lands.

These big birds prefer
the shallow waters of the draw
where they stand protected
from predators who prefer
to stay out of the water.

Geese, ducks and other
waterfowl can be found
wintering here in southeast
Arizona attracting birders
with scopes and cameras.

I don’t see myself as a birder,
birders are strange
counting and taking notes
to be placed on eBird,
me, I just take photos.

Occasionally we make small talk
going through our social necessities
thinking about it or not thinking about it
walking freely on by not holding to the
moment so as not to remember.

— kenne

Neighborhood Ravens   1 comment

A Raven Couple Lives In Our Neighborhood — Image by kenne 

The Hills of Cualann

In the youth of summer
The hills of Cualann
Are two golden horns,
Two breasts of childing,
Two two of light.

In the age of winter
They are two rusted swords,
Two waves of darkness,
Two moons of ice.

— Joseph Campbell

White Pelicans In Flight Over Lake Houston   Leave a comment

American White Pelicans White Over in East Texas — Photo Gallery by kenne

Lakes, marshes, salt bays. In breeding season mostly inland, nesting on isolated islands in lakes and feeding on shallow lakes, rivers, marshes.
Feeding areas may be miles from nesting sites. Also breeds locally on coastal islands. Flocks in migration stop on lakes, rivers.
Winters mainly along coast, on shallow, protected bays and estuaries, also on large lakes in warm climates. Source: audubon.org

Common Black Hawk   Leave a comment

Common Black Hawk — Image by kenne

I cannot kneel

To touch the soil.

The wind in my ears

Makes everywhere 

And nowhere 

My home.

— from Illinois: At Night, Black Hawk’s Statue Broods by J. W. Rivers

Returning To Whitewater Draw   Leave a comment

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw in Southeast Arizona — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Returning to Whitewater Draw

It’s fun to watch

the amazing spectacle

of large elegant birds

returning

from the feeding fields 

standing

in the shallow waters

giving out loud,

rattling bugle calls

echoing

sounds across the valley.

It’s always the same,

birders with binoculars and cameras,

strapped on their shoulders

and cranes standing

in the shallow waters

of Whitewater Draw.

— kenne

Cat and Bird   1 comment

Cat and Bird by Paul Klee moma.org 

Predator

It takes only a minute
to bury a wren.
Two trowels full of dirt
and he’s in.

The cat as the threshold
sits longer in doubt
deciding whether
to stay in or go out.

— Billy Collins

Desert Mistletoe Berries Attracting Birds To Sabino Canyon   1 comment

This morning on the Plant and Bird Walk, we could see a small flock of Eastern Bluebirds, none close enough to get any good photos,
but more will be coming to Sabino Canyon because of all the desert mistletoe berries in the canyon. Till then,
the berries are attracting plenty of Phainopeplas.
— kenne

A Hungry Hawk   4 comments

Cooper’s Hawk in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

I have a little knowledge of this bird,

never as much as an ornithologist.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have

the right personality or something,

being concerned fundamentally

with the “oughts” of life from

a philosophical point of view,

if you know what I mean.

— kenne

Verdin On A European Fan Palm   1 comment

Verdin On A European Fan Palm — Images by kenne

Brushy desert valleys, mesquites. Most common in the Sonoran desert and mesquite woods at lower elevations. Also lives in other kinds of low open brush, including desert stands of acacia and paloverde. Tiny but tough, Verdins are adaptable little birds of hot desert regions. They are usually seen singly or in pairs, flitting about actively in the brush, sometimes giving sharp call notes. — Source: Audubon.org

Great Blue Heron   Leave a comment

Great Blue Heron at Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands (August 13, 2022) — Images by kenne

These images were taken during the “Birdability” as part of the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival.

Anna’s Hummingbird   Leave a comment

Anna’s Hummingbird Approaching Feeder On Patio — Image by kenne

Anna’s hummingbird

The more I observe hummers

The more I’m amazed.

— kenne

Turkey Vulture Time   Leave a comment

It’s That Turkey Vulture Time of Year — Image by kenne

The number of turkey vultures migrating through Tanure Ridge each day is increasing.

Look Up, We Are Being Watched   Leave a comment

Turkey Vulture in Flight — Image by kenne

A turkey vulture

Looking for dead animals

Gliding in circles.

— kenne

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