Walking around the Sonoran desert in early morning with the local wildlife inhabitants, we came across quite a few new friends. A small sampling of what we saw…
Phainopepla, the silky flycatcher, looking somewhat like a black cardinal, dart around bushes and cacti hawking for insects.
White-winged doves, the largest doves in this desert, are quite common. The distinctive blue patch around the eye is a sure sign this dove is ready to mate.
Black-tailed Gnatcatchers are quite a bit smaller than Chickadees and move three times as fast. Their buzzy call gives away their presence, but even so they are hard to spot.
Cactus Wrens are everywhere, buzzing from the tops of the Saguaro as well as skulking through the bushes looking for insects, or even fledgling House Sparrows to feast upon!
Hooded Orioles look a lot like the Altimira Oriole I saw in south Texas, easy to spot with that bright orange color and typical Oriole chatter.
More to come in the next few days, if the internet connection holds up.