|Turkeys put on a display at the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon. Photo taken with my cell phone|
|My first White-faced Ibis of the year flies over my head at the Coachline Lake in Marana|
|Rare for the US but common in our southern Sky Islands, the Buff-breasted Flycatchers are quite active on top of Carr Canyon|
I might be reaching a new chapter in my life with our local birds in the sense that I don't need to drive two hours to see an American Golden Plover. Instead, I'm okay birding a local patch nearby my house.
|My first of the year Grace's Warbler on top of Carr Canyon|
|A beautiful Swainson's Hawk takes flight|
|Jenny (first person in the pic) tolerates Bill's crazy bird addiction. When the Elf Owl shows, everyone is thrilled. Madera Canyon this time of year is AWESOME!|
|A bathing female Yellow Warbler at Sweetwater|
|Green Heron at Sweetwater|
|a large kettle of Turkey Vultures lands in the Arizona Cottonwoods for the night|
|Great Horned Owl at my work site|
BUT, there were a lot of kids walking past that area and the owls decided to move to the new basket. This year, there are only two owlets because the first two eggs were placed inside the arm of the Saguaro. When they moved to the basket, those eggs were abandoned.
Anyhow, their progress is on track. My biggest complaint? That stupid string. We were so worried that the basket would fall during our windy season in March that we overdid it:) My guess is that this weekend or the next will be their first venture outside the basket. Both Mom and Dad are trying to push them out to get them on the ground. Owlets learn to walk first. Then fly(sometimes into buildings:) and then hang out with their parents before flying off into our nearby wash. Until next time friends.....