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Birds

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.

Mexican Jay Photo

Arizona, Birds

I’m posting one last photo from Upper Madera Canyon, this time a photo of a Mexican jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina). The wanna-be tough-guys were everywhere among the trees, spooking all the smaller birds. They would only shut up and settle down when the larger ravens rolled through. They are not as colorful as the Stellar’s jay but still fun to watch nonetheless.

Mexican jay, Aphelocoma ultramarina, Madera Canyon Recreation Area, Green Valley, Arizona

Mexican jay.
Image ID: 22959
Species: Mexican Jay, Aphelocoma ultramarina
Location: Madera Canyon Recreation Area, Green Valley, Arizona, USA

Shot at Bill Forbes’ Upper Madera Canyon “drip”, which I visited and described recently.

Acorn Woodpecker Photo

Arizona, Birds

Another photo from Upper Madera Canyon, this time a photo of a male Acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus). The females look very similar, with the exception that on females the white forehead is separated from the red cap by black.

Acorn woodpecker, male, Melanerpes formicivorus, Madera Canyon Recreation Area, Green Valley, Arizona

Acorn woodpecker, male.
Image ID: 22961
Species: Acorn woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
Location: Madera Canyon Recreation Area, Green Valley, Arizona, USA

Shot at Bill Forbes’ Upper Madera Canyon “drip”, which I visited and described recently.