|Two wintering Northern Parulas are hanging out at Glendale Recharge Ponds|
Over the past several weeks, I have just wandered random trails collecting data and enjoying our birds in Arizona. Recently I have done some counts along a rocky trail on Mt. Lemmon for a friend. Yesterday, I went hiking 6 miles with another birder. We watched from the distance as a winter storm blew over our desert dwellings. The air on the mountain turned from cold to bone chilling cold. My kind of weather.
During a lunch break in a secluded fern forest alongside a tiny pool of water, we watched many birds come down to take a sip. They felt the storm coming and were actively feeding in preparation for the snow that was about to fall.
Birds are amazing. They bring me such peace and happiness. When I'm not with them outside, I read about them inside. But during this moment in the shaded glen of perfection, I sat with my birding partner discussing the weight of the world .
|This Least Sandpiper is smaller than what this pic makes it out to be|
|The wintering Zone-tailed Hawk hangs out at Reid Park for the winter.|
|Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow|
|Female Summer Tanager|
|My favorite pic of this series are these Red Crossbills, Type 2 from Reid Park. This has been a very good year for them here in Tucson.|
|A Vermilion Flycatcher takes a sip from the bubbler|