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Verdin In Mesquite Tree   2 comments

4-H Group-0788 Verdin blog IIVerdin In Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne 

Ned's Nature Walk-9757 blogVerdin’s Nest — Image by kenne

Verdin In Sabino Canyon Riparian Area   Leave a comment

Verdin in Sabino Canyon-Edit-1-art-72.jpgVerdin In Sabino Canyon Riparian Area — Photo-Artistry by kenne

His call is clear
a chip followed
by another chip
then another
moving as in a
constant motion —
chip, chip.

— kenne

Verdin On A Brittlebush In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Even with last week’s good rainfall, most brittlebush plants are not blooming as would normally be this time of year. We have had a very dry winter, even so, these two plants were located near one another. 

— kenneVerdin-1157 blogVerdin On A Brittlebush in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Brittlebush-1178 blogBrittlebush Blooming in Sabino Canyon — Image by 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

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

Verdin In The Bush   1 comment

verdin-0401-blogVerdin (Sabino Canyon, January 3, 2017) — Image by kenne

If you are lonely when you are alone you are in bad company.

— Jean-Paul Satre

Capturing The Moment — Verdin In Mesquite Tree   Leave a comment

4-H Group-0788 Verdin blog IIVerdin In Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne Ned's Nature Walk-9757 blogVerdin’s Nest — Image by kenne

Verdin Nest In The Sonoran Desert   5 comments

7 Falls Oct 2013-8283 verdin Nest blogVerdin Nest In a Palo Verde Tree, Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

 

It’s A Bird, It’s A Verdin, No It’s A Kinglet!   5 comments

Tosh Lawrence Nature WalkTosh Lawrence Conducting a Training Session In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Last week I was videoing and taking photos of one of the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN), Tosh Lawrence, conducting a nature walk training session for new and experienced naturalists. Tosh shared a lot of her excellent teaching techniques, and one point in the riparian area by the dam, we spotted a small bird jumping around among brush on the ground. At the time, I had the video camera going and the following short clip was what I was able to capture. Note the back and forth as to what kind of bird we were watch. Our expert birder friends have got to love it, but remember, some of us are still learning.

kenne

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