A birdie morning

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, Sonoran desert

Phainopepla, the silky flycatcher, looking somewhat like a black cardinal, dart around bushes and cacti hawking for insects.

White-winged dove

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 Gnatcatcher

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 Wren

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 Oriole

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.

6 thoughts on “A birdie morning

  1. I love the way that you are able to see so much of the wildlife in your travels, Sue, and to share your new finds with all of us. Clearly these are species that most of us never see where we live.

  2. Really interesting. Esp the dove blue color … I have them around here, but wondering if they would color the same in Mn? PS Shucks, ya missed the snow. Also, hung my feeders including hummer, but I doubt if we’ll see them until, ?? Early May?

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