As we go through the barren "stick season" in Vermont and see only a few hardy local birds, it is fun to think about what might be waiting for us out west. Here are a few of the photos I took of birds we encountered in Arizona. They are fun to look at anytime but especially on a cold windy damp night like this evening.
Last year, the first bird I saw at Gilbert Ray County Park, which is just outside Tuscon, was the Phainopela – which was a life bird. They are desert flycatchers and with their flashes of white on their wings, are fun to watch. They also are pretty songsters.
This Red-shafted Northern Flicker was one of many I saw. I also saw their cousin, the Gilded Flicker.
Northern Cardinals are vivid out here – as they are in the New England snow. It is a lot easier photographing without frozen fingers.
We plan to spend a longer time in Arizona this trip and hit some spots we have never visited. I’m getting psyched.