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June 2009

Gambel’s Quail Photo

Arizona, Birds

A Gambel’s quail (Callipepla gambelii). Bill told me to expect a quail family, complete with lots of chicks, to show up about 9:30. They were right on time each morning!

Gambel's quail, male, Callipepla gambelii, Amado, Arizona

Gambel’s quail, male.
Image ID: 22925
Species: Gambel's quail, Callipepla gambelii
Location: Amado, Arizona, USA

Gambel's quail, chicks, Callipepla gambelii, Amado, Arizona

Gambel’s quail, chicks.
Image ID: 22920
Species: Gambel's quail, Callipepla gambelii
Location: Amado, Arizona, USA

Shot at Bill Forbes’ Pond at Elephant Head, which I visited and described recently.

White-winged Dove Photo

Arizona, Birds

A white-winged dove (Zenaida asiatica). There were lots of these birds around Bill Forbes’ pond, making their soft coo-coo sounds. I know some people hunt dove, I wonder if these white-winged doves are on their list and whether they taste any good or not? They sure are pretty but for some reason remind me of pet-shop birds.

White-winged dove, Zenaida asiatica, Amado, Arizona

White-winged dove.
Image ID: 22918
Species: White-winged dove, Zenaida asiatica
Location: Amado, Arizona, USA

Shot at Bill Forbes’ Pond at Elephant Head, which I visited and described recently.

House Finch Photo

Arizona, Birds

You might guess, given its name, that the house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) is a common bird. Indeed, the plants around Bill’s place were covered with these colorful, twittering, hyper little birds. The males had great coloration, deep reds and oranges, while the poor females had to settle for brown and gray. Birders and bird photographers view the house finch as something of a nuisance bird, but I had a good time trying to get them to sit still long enough for a picture.

House finch, male, Carpodacus mexicanus, Amado, Arizona

House finch, male.
Image ID: 22927
Species: House finch, Carpodacus mexicanus
Location: Amado, Arizona, USA

House finch, female, Carpodacus mexicanus, Amado, Arizona

House finch, female.
Image ID: 22899
Species: House finch, Carpodacus mexicanus
Location: Amado, Arizona, USA

Shot at Bill Forbes’ Pond at Elephant Head, which I visited and described recently.