Minnesota’s weather for the coming week is why I should have stayed in Arizona.
I could be looking at this landscape.
Catalina State Park, Tucson
And enjoying some different sorts of birds like this…
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, 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.
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”