The backyard is quiet again, as the snow falls, temperatures drop, and the wildlife roam less far and wide (meaning, less likely to be seen in my backyard at least). So, I’ve dug through the collection of “best birds of 2017” to bring you my 12 favorites from our treks around the U.S. this year.
Texas (near Brownsville)
Adult Crested Caracara, Alamo TX
Adult Harris Hawk diving down to get its piece of frozen chicken-Alamo, Texas
Great Kiskadee, Alamo TX-
Male Red-winged Blackbirds behaving badly, Alamo, TX
Tri-colored Heron, Padre Island, TX
Long-billed Dowitchers, Laguna Vista, TX
South-eastern Arizona (Tucson and Portal areas)
Painted Redstart (or Whitestart), Portal AZ
Vermillion Flycatcher-Tucson AZ
Magnificent Hummingbird-Santa Rita Lodge, AZ. The light was just off to the side so his brilliant iridescence is dulled.
Cactus wren-Tucson, AZ, in its elements of thorns and spiny plants
Gila Woodpeckers at their nest, Tucson, AZ
You don’t really have to go too far to see some special birds, not found in your own backyard. The trick is not just finding them, but getting them to cooperate for a photograph!