|Cast members from Battlestar Galactica, Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, entertain the crowds with their personal stories.|
|House Sparrow on the prowl|
Out of curiosity and a much needed break from the crowds, I grabbed my gear and headed a block away to a little green oasis in the center of town. Without a car, I decided to go to the only spot with a tiny grove of trees. Above is the map that details just how much concrete surrounds the hotel. However, if you take a closer look, there is just a tad bit of green indicating trees, shade, water and.....lawn. This is a perfect migrant trap. Thanks to the skyscraper buildings surrounding this area, shade protects this oasis from the scorching afternoon temps. On this day, the temp was 105 degrees.
Looking at a map from on top is helpful, but it doesn't always give the "at level" scale. Here is the space from ground level. Why are these pics important? Let's take a look. Starting from bottom left you'll notice an Anna's Hummingbird feeding from a Penta garden. Pentas and Coral Fountains(vertical upper right) make great hummingbird plants. And indeed they were used by both Anna's and Black-chinned Hummers. Also note there is water, grass and tree cover. When all of these things are present, special types of birds can be found.
Normally this time of year, American Robins can be found at higher altitudes around canyons and mountain tops. BUT on this day, I heard a thrush calling in the concrete jungle. I traced the song to a tree and discovered a pair of Robins! Never in a million years did I expect to find these birds here. It didn't look like they were in any rush to leave the area as they fed in the narrow and shaded grass strips of the park. This kinda stuff blows my mind away. I've seen the robin thousands of times but this sighting was pretty special.
|the male American Robin|
It was also great hanging out with my buds Gabi, Justin, Nick and Brian. Of course, anything that has science fiction mixed up with birds has my full attention. I purchased several creative pieces of art which include this irritated looking Chewbacca below. Or as several friends have called him.....Jaybacca:) I'm not sure where I'll hang these pics, but I'm glad I purchased them:) Whenever you see art that speaks to you, purchase it! I saw this painting and kept returning to it.....which meant.....buy it!:)
|Darrell Driver Fine Art|
And finally, here are some images from the Phoenix area. Every year, it's tradition to visit the Mute Swans on our way home. These Mute Swans have attempted to nest over the past two years. Each time, they have failed.
|juvenile Harris's Hawk|
The male kept a close eye on me....and I him:) While this pic below isn't great, it shows that mom and dad are new parents to FIVE goslings! Congrats! I like to keep my distance from any type of nest, but it was fun hanging out with the flock for awhile.
Hope you have a great week and stay tuned for more:) Don't forget to check out Wild Bird Wednesday(upper left link) and Hootin' Anni's Chronicles.