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Yellow Crowned Night Heron   Leave a comment

Yellow Crowned Night Neron blogYellow Crowned Night Herons, San Antonio River Walk — Image by kenne

Stop searching the world for treasure, the real treasure is in yourself.

— Pablo Valle

Black Headed Grosbeak — Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Black-headed Grosbeak (1 of 1) Grunge Art blogBlack Headed Grosbeak — Grunge Art by kenne

No valid plans for the future
can be made by those who
have no capacity for living now.

— Alan Watts

The Dapper, Pyrrhuloxia   Leave a comment

Pyrrhuloxia (1 of 1) blogPyrrhuloxia Photographed in Sabino Canyon by kenne

This male pyrrhuloxia looks a lot like a female Northern Cardinal and its song is nearly identical to the cardinal.

— kenne

Ruby-crowned Kinglet   Leave a comment

ruby-crowned-kinglet-1429-blogRuby-crowned Kinglet — Image by kenne

The trail was quiet
The breeze was calm.

What is that little bird
With all that energy?

Wings constantly flicking
Chattering out his songs

The hiker pulls out
His nature guide.

Was this nervous fliting
Bird just passing through?

Looks like a kinglet,
Possible a ruby-crowned

Spending the winter
In Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

Wintering In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

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western-bluebird-0399-blogWestern Bluebird — Images by kenne

We dance round a ring and suppose,
But the secret sits in the middle, and knows.

— Robert Frost

Northern Mockingbird, Or Is It A Curve-billed Thrasher?   Leave a comment

Tuesday Nature Walk April 1, 2014-art blog

Northern Mockingbird or is it a Curve-billed Thrasher? — Grunge Art by kenne

You will find a lot of birds

and bird watchers in Sabino canyon.

Some observed recently:

Cooper’s hawk
mourning dove
greater roadrunner
Anna’s hummingbird
gila woodpecker
American kestrel
Cassin’s vireo
common raven
verdin
rock wren
canyon wren
house wren
cactus wren
black-tailed gnatcatcher
ruby-crowned kinglet
western bluebird
hermit thrush
curve-billed thrasher
northern mockingbird
phainopepla
orange-crowned warbler
black-throated wray warbler
black-throated sparrow
Abert’s towhee
western tanager
northern cardinal
house finch

I’m not a birder

but I can see

and hear

the birds around me.

I depend on

the knowledge

and discipline

of others

to identify

what I see and hear.

sometimes I identify

birds in my photographies

sometimes I’m wrong —

save a bird,

photograph them.

— kenne

(Bird list source: Jean Hengesbaugh)

 

Hiking Pima Canyon And Becoming Intrigued With A Flock Of Ravens   Leave a comment

The first gallery of photos was taken on the SCVN Friday hike in Pima Canyon (November 6, 2015). During the hike we notice a flock of ravens, not a common sight since raven tend to be solitary or in pairs. So, later in the day I did a little research on ravens. The best answer I could find for why ravens might flock together was that of young migrating ravens.

(Click on any of the images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Young Ravens may form juvenile flocks or “gangs”, which helps them when they are foraging for food.  They actually play together, flying and catching objects in the air.  They will make their own toys for entertainment, play with wolves or dogs in a game of chase, and even slide down snow hills — interesting!

Like many people, I’m fascinated by these very intelligent birds and take photos of them at every opportunity. Here are a few.

kenne

Images by kenne

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