Should have stayed in Arizona!

Minnesota’s weather for the coming week is why I should have stayed in Arizona.

Weather forecast

I could be looking at this landscape.

Catalina State Park, Tucson

Catalina State Park, Tucson

Catalina State Park, Tucson

And enjoying some different sorts of birds like this…

Female Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Female Ladder-backed Woodpecker on mesquite.  This is a smallish woodpecker that hunts insects on cactus and low shrubs as well as in pinyon pine and juniper at higher elevation.  It pays to be a little smaller and more agile in the desert where the bird has to navigate various cactus spines and bush thorns in its search for prey.

Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow, aptly named, but often referred to as the desert sparrow,  because it is the typical sparrow seen in the most arid of desert scrubland where it finds enough seeds and insects to sustain itself.

Vermillion Flycatcher

Male Vermillion Flycatcher, a diminuitive flash of color in arid desert greenery.  They can be found in riparian areas in the southwestern U.S., and southward through Mexico, often sitting on a favorite flycatching perch waiting for a juicy bug to fly by. 

Minnesotans love to joke about their weather.  A friend posted this on Facebook the other day…

Minnesota weather in “minnesotan”

Minnesota weather in “minnesotan”

10 thoughts on “Should have stayed in Arizona!

  1. The weather’s pretty nice in Tucson right now, but once you get used to the warmer climate, 60 degree-days feel cold! I’m from the lake-effect-snow part of Michigan and I got such a kick out of your Minnesota weather map. We’re busy preparing for the Festival of Books, where we’ll be releasing eight new books, including a new herp book by John C. Murphy, formerly of the Field Museum, now a Tucson area resident. We released his book Arizona’s Reptiles and amphibians last year and it has been very popular. His new book is “Giant Snakes, a Natural History”. and includes chapters on environmental issues, urban legends, and a lot more. We’ll be releasing in in February. If you’re interested, you can see the books we’ve published here.

    • Hi Betsy, did you have similar expressions for the winter weather in MI? I do love that Tucson area, and am looking for ways to spend more time there. Thanks for writing, I’ll check out the bookstore!

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