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”

50 and counting…

nights below 0 F (-18 C)!

I had a two week break from this, and now I am doubly tired of this miserable cold weather.  Is this the winter of no end?  (whine, whine…)

About 20 inches of snow fell in the backyard while I was gone.  The birdbath and the swing are buried.  Fortunately there was still seed in the bird feeders.

About 20 inches of snow fell in the backyard while I was gone. The birdbath and the swing are buried. Fortunately there was still seed in the bird feeders.

Mr or Mrs. Red Fox dropped by briefly, so perhaps they are going to use their den on the hill again to raise a litter.

Mr or Mrs. Red Fox dropped by briefly, so perhaps they are going to use their den on the hill again to raise a litter.  Wrong lens on the camera, and he/she didn’t give me a chance to grab the telephoto.

Meanwhile the east coast is enduring yet another snow/ice fall with all the discomforts that go along with that kind of weather.

But we shall endure….right?

Wouldn't you rather be here?

Wouldn’t you rather be here?