|Thick-billed Parrots at the Sonoran Desert Museum. This is a place I like to go and actively study my birds.|
|A Swainson's Hawk alongside the road near St. David|
|A kettle of Turkey Vultures on Mt. Lemmon|
Next year it will be a different game as we head to Southern Mexico. In fact much of my work will be taking me out of Arizona. There are lots of other new birds for me here in the US but my attitude is to take it slow and enjoy the fun.
|A pair of Red Crossbills(male and female) in Greer|
|A Mountain Bluebird in Greer|
|Pic courtesy of KOLD news|
|Female Vermilion Flycatcher|
|Cassin's Sparrow in the Buenos Aires grasslands|
|Great-crested Flycatcher at Merepoint, ME|
|Upland Sandpiper in the Kennebunkport Plains|
|Prairie Warbler near the Kennebunkport Plains, ME|
Okay, so some of you might be wondering how a Crossbill eats? The bill is shaped to get the seeds out of pine cones! Pretty cool! They eat other things as well like insects, but they do have an interesting bill!
|Summer Tanager at Audubon's Paton's House in Patagonia|
I also believe this is a sensitive species in that if one did show up, it would be kept secret on places like Ebird. I've discovered sensitive birds over the past several years and those records are locked for my eyes only and the researchers at Ebird. In part, it's to keep the bird(s) safe from poachers or photographers who would endanger a bird for a photo.
Anyhow, it's good to take a break and do so some relaxing. I'll be back in force at the end of the month searching for some rarities in Sonora, Mexico, learning about birds and doing some birding with Gordon and AZFO in Globe and finally, taking a trip up to Colorado. But for now, it's back to the books. And it's kind of nice:) More soon......