|Gordon scans one of the many watering holes in our waterbird count|
|a random Northern Pintail shows up on one of my counts|
|One of our watering holes in Phoenix had lots of cool Black Vultures flying around|
|Good form! Personally I think golf is boring but I do like their ponds that they have around the areas|
Every year I do an in depth winter count at my local patch. I've just completed my annual winter count for Reid Park which requires half of a day and a trek inside the zoo for a more accurate count of birds inside the park boundaries. The zoo seems to be going through a Chinese phase right now and was filled up with Asian decor.
I've been having fun chasing birds ONLY within the Pima County line. No I'm not doing a silly big year. Just challenging myself to look a little harder and zone in my detective skills on harder birds within a confined space. It requires some skill! Pima County is quite beautiful and is home to rare populations of some unique US species like the Rufous-capped Warblers and Black-capped Gnatcatchers.
I had a very personal up close interaction with this Northern Beardless Tyrannulet(above). This is one species of bird that I can communicate with well. I know its voice and often can get the bird to come closer by pishing it out of the branches.
I've been working on TWO home projects. One is to reduce the crap we have in the house and free up space. And two is the addition of our catio(patio for cats). It has been a hit. I feel safe. We have an extra room for storage. The cats can take naps out there. Phase 1 was securing the gate with 2 locks. Phase 2 was cleaning out that nasty closet full of garden tools. Phase 3 is painting. Phase 4 is moving bulky furniture pieces into that closet for storage. Phase 5 is the fun decoration part. I'm at Phase 3 right now.
For now we rest. It's good to take a break. Until next time......