Birds II: Life Species

My cup overfloweth, and I didn’t have to leave the continent, much less travel south of the U.S. border.

Cinnamon Teal:Anas cyanopteraThis is a female, with her very N. Shoveler bill.

Neotropic Cormorant, smaller than our familiar Double-crested, with a pronounced white < chin patch.
Eared Grebe:Podiceps nigricollisIn breeding plumage. And below, another in non-breeding:b16

White-faced Ibis.
California Condor.
Harris's Hawk:Parabuteo unicinctusThis was one of two atop the arms of a big saguaro cactus. This is the only hawk species that hunts cooperatively, like a wolf-pack.

Zone-tailed Hawk:Buteo albonotatusNote the similarity to a Turkey Vulture, except for the banded tail and, through the bins, the yellow feet and cere, as well as the feathered head.

Ferruginous Hawk, the largest buteo, sitting atop a telephone pole. We saw a lot of raptors on telephone poles and wondered where they would go when the telephone poles disappeared. On the other hand, where old Route 66 crosses US 40 in the Petrified Forest, all that is is left is a line of short telephone poles…
Golden Eagle. Whoa!
Gambel’s Quail, a covey of.
Dusky Grouse, formerly Blue, on the road…just before the hunting season started.
Black-necked Stilt:Himantopus mexicanusOne at Big Lake, then several more in the Gilbert Water Ranch riparian wonderland. About 9/10ths of the long red legs are underwater here. Stilt indeed.

Sabine’s Gull. Away off course in Utah.
White-winged Dove. Inca Dove.
White-throated Swift. The second fasted North American bird. We also saw the first, the Peregrine, at Canyon De Chelly, coasting along the ancient cliffs.
Broad-billed Hummingbird. Anna’s Hummingbird. Rufous Hummingbird: very territorial, always chasing away species.b14
Western Screech Owl: heard, and ever so briefly glimpsed in flight in the Utah dawn.
Acorn Woodpecker. Gila Woodpecker. Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
Pacific-slope Flycatcher. Cordilleran Flycatcher. Vermillion Flycatcher. Ash-throated Flycatcher.
Loggerhead Shrike.
Bell’s Vireo. Plumbeous Vireo. Cassin’s Vireo.
Gray Jay. Mexican Jay. Pinyon Jay. Clark’s Nutcracker.
Violet-Gren Swallow. Cliff Swallow.
Cactus Wren. Canyon Wren. Bewick’s Wren.
American Dipper:Cinclus mexicanusDipping:Cinclus mexicanus
Sage Thrasher. Curve-billed Thrasher.
Townsend’s Warbler. MacGillivray’s Warbler. Painted Redstart, wow!
Yellow-breasted Chat.
Abert’s Towhee.
Sage Sparrow.
Gray-headed Dark-eyed Junco (a subspecies)
Hepatic Tanager, both female and male.
Lazuli Bunting, female.
Eastern Meadowlark. Western Meadowlark.
Bullock’s Oriole.

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