Thursday, March 6, 2014

Arizona Birds

An Arizona cardinal sang and sang to us from a treetop this morning while we were on our walk. Red and stately, the cardinal was a highlight of the morning.

Cactus wrens, big guys in the wren family, like to perch on top of the saguaros. Look how this one has carefully placed its feet between the cactus spines.

A curve-bill thrasher, yellow eyes blazing, posed in ironwood trees. This guy stayed put long enough for me to take several images of him. Look how firmly this bird is grasping the tree branch where he has perched.

All of these birds are common to the Sonora desert around Tucson. These images were taken on Dove Mountain in Marana, north of Tucson.

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