Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

Bewick’s Wren and House Finch At Feeder   Leave a comment

Bewick’s Wren & House Finch at Bird Feeder — Images by kenne

Small birds in the neighborhood

love our patio feeders, and 

we love watching them.

Gila Woodpecker At Hummingbird Feeder   Leave a comment

This Gila Woodpecker Thinks He’s A Hummingbird — Image by kenne

Gila woodpeckers have been coming to the hummingbird feeder for several weeks now, and when I see him, I frighten him away. 

This morning I decided to get a photo. This is because woodpeckers are so adept at holding on to most anything.

They can do this because of two front and two back toes (zygodactyl toes). This clever foot formation, 

which can look like an X or a K, allows birds to grip things more efficiently. Add the fact that the tongues of woodpeckers 

can extend as much as 2 inches past the tips of their bills, and they like sweet things, such as fruit. 

Conclusion: this feeder is as much a woodpecker feeder as a hummingbird feeder.

— kenne

Gila Woodpecker On A Saguaro — Image by kenne

Broad-bill Hummingbird Morning   Leave a comment

Broad-bill Hummingbird At Patio Feeder (September 17, 2022) — Images by kenne

Birds Near Tubac, Arizona   3 comments

Ash-throated Flycatcher Near Tubac Along The Santa Cruz River 

Ash-throated Flycatcher Near Tubac Along The Santa Cruz River

Lesser Goldfinch In A Mesquite Tree

Albert’s Towhee — Images by kenne

One of the birding trips I went on during last month’s Tucson Audubon Society’s annual birding festival was to Tubac,
which is located near the Santa Cruz River. These are a few of the better shots I was able to get while there.

Since I live in the Tucson area and often hiked trails in and around Tubac, most all the birds we saw I can see from my patio.
The major difference was being able to spend time with birders from all across the country and Mexico —
an interesting group of people, if you get my drift.

— kenne

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

— Emily Dickinson

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder   Leave a comment

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder — Image by kenne

As I sit on our patio
watching birds land
in near-by mesquites

before flying to the
olive tree on the patio,
then gathering the nerve

to bolt to the bird feeders.
They are not pleased
that I sit on the patio

with a camera in hand.
Soon, the desire to eat
takes priority over fear.

— kenne

Curve-billed Thrasher On The Wall   Leave a comment

Curve-billed Thrasher On The Patio Wall — Image by kenne

A curve-billed Thrasher

Looks at the camera’s eye

Bringing eye to eye.

— kenne

Lesser Goldfinch   Leave a comment

Lesser Goldfinch — Image by kenne

“They ought to put out the eyes of painters as they do goldfinches in order that they can sing better.”

— Pablo Picasso
 
 

Hummingbird At Feeder #2   Leave a comment

Hummingbird At Feeder #2 — Photo-Artistry by kenne

bird against the sky
keeps visiting our feeder
for another drink

careful, it can become addictive

— kenne

 

Anna’s Hummingbird At Feeder   5 comments

Anna’s Hummingbird at Our Patio Feeder (August 27, 2022) — Images by kenne

Gila Woodpecker   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker — Images by kenne

“I enjoy watching the woodpeckers. They don’t fly away until I come quite close to them.”

Verdin In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Verdin In Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne

“In the heat of desert arroyos and scrublands, tiny grayish Verdins flash bright colors—
a yellow head and chestnut shoulder patch. More slender and small-headed than a chickadee,
these restless birds comb the foliage of trees for insects and spiders, sometimes hanging upside down
to investigate hard-to-reach places. They supplement their insect diet with fruits and even nectar,
which they may sip from hummingbird feeders.” — Source: allaboutbirds.org

Curve-billed Thrasher At Patio Fountain   Leave a comment

Bath time for this curve-billed thrasher — Image & Video by kenne

Surprise, Surprise!   4 comments

This Greater Roadrunner in Sabino Canyon Just Came Running Up To Me — Surprise, Surprise!
Image by kenne

Greater Roadrunner on Patio Wall   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner on Patio Wall — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Greater Roadrunners often walk our patio wall near the water fountain.
The hot days of summer make visits more frequent.
Waiting for to say, “Hello in there, hello.”

— kenne

Dove In Flight   Leave a comment

Using Visiting Mourning Doves on the Patio to Practice for the Tucson Audobon Festival (August 10-13) in Southeast Arizona. 

“Bird watching is now North America’s second most popular outdoor activity (second only to gardening).”

― Bernd Brunner

%d bloggers like this: