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Phainopepla Photo Painting   Leave a comment

Phainopepla In Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

This beautiful bird

Looks like a black cardinal

You should guess again.

— kenne

Phainopepla Art   1 comment

Phainopepla — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Bird perched on a limb

A shadow against the sky

Art in black and white.

— kenne

Phainopepla Art   Leave a comment

Phainopepla (Luke) — Art by kenne

One reason that birds matter – ought to matter – is that they are our last, best connection to a natural world that is otherwise
receding. They’re the most vivid and widespread representatives of the Earth as it was before people arrived on it.

— Jonathan Franzen

 

 

Waiting For Luke   Leave a comment

Luke, A White Crested Phainopepla — Image by kenne

This is the time of year some SCVN members state watching for the return of “Luke” to Sabino Canyon. Phainopeplas generally spend
their summers at the higher elevations of the Santa Cantilina Mountains, returning to the canyon to feed off the desert mistletoe berries
in the canyon. 

What makes Luke unique is his white crest. For over eleven years, Luke can be spotted in the same general area in the canyon. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, we don’t know if Luke returned last year since many of us were not doing our usual nature walks in Sabino Canyon. 

Phainopeplas usually perch high on canyon mesquite trees. They have digestive tracts specialized for eating mistletoe fruit. 
These berries are low in nutrients, so the birds have to consume lots of them. The berries spend only about 12 minutes in a
Phainopepla’s intestine, 
and the birds may eat 1,100 berries in a day.

A singular bird of the Southwest, they are a brilliant sight in flight. Males are silky black and slender, with an elegant crest and bold white
wing patches that appear when the bird takes wing. Phainopeplas nearest common ancestors are the waxwings, which also have a glossy, 
silky look to their plumage.

You Look One Way, I’ll Look The Other   3 comments

You Look One Way, I’ll Look The Other (Northern Mockingbird & Phainopepla) — Image by kenne

“All of us–bright atheists and committed religionists–need to wake now and hear the earth call . . . .
We need to give and receive as love shows us how, join with each pilgrim who quests for the true,
give heed to the voices of the suffering, awaken our consciences with justice as our guide,
and work toward a planet transformed by our care.”

Scotty McLennan

Phainopepla In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Phainopepla In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Sabino black prince
Perches high so to be seen
Singing to be heard.

— kenne

Bird In The Tree   3 comments

Luke --2 framed painting“Bird In The Tree” (Phainopepla, Sabino Canyon) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Insight is not a light bulb that goes off inside our heads.

It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.

— Malcolm Gladwell

Bird Silhouette #3   Leave a comment

Silhouette PhainopeplaDSC_1408-72.jpgBird Silhouette #3 (Phainopepla) — Image by kenne

listen to nature

and hear the music of life

life pursues music

— kenne

Out On A Limb   2 comments

“Out On A Limb” — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part of God.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Phainopepla Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Phainopepla DSC_1543 art blogPhainopepla Grunge Art by kenne

Living on berries
The little seeds just past through
Sticking to the branch.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Images, March 14, 2018   5 comments

 

(Click On Any of the Tiled Images for A Larger View in A Slideshow Format.)

 

Sabino Canyon Images, March 14, 2018, by kenne

It doesn’t matter
how slowly you go
as long as you
do not stop.

— Confucius

Luke, The Partial Albino Phainopepla   1 comment

Phainopepla (Luke)-1259 Framed blog“Luke” (Sabino Canyon, March 8, 2018) — Image by kenne

Naturalists in Sabino Canyon have been photographing a partial albino phainopepla for at least eight years.  He is known by the name “Luke” for leucistic, a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal. Over the years there has been a debate as to whether Luke’s condition is leucistic or a partial albino. I will leave it up to the experts.  

— kenne

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

 

Hi, Neighbor   Leave a comment

phainopepla-0377-blogMockingbird and Phainopepla in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

We are born into the world of nature;
our second birth is into the world of Spirit. 

— Bhagavad Gita

Wintering In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

phainopepla-0384-blogPhainopepla

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

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