Red-tailed Hawk


Phoenix Area
Feb 7-11, 2002 - 45-68 degrees

Business mixed with some birding!  On the way to and from Luke AFB, during lunch hours, and after work, I went exploring and snapped some bird photos.  
species (list follows at end of page)

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White-faced Ibis 

Snowy Egret

Southwest of Phoenix the Gila River flows across 91st Ave, El Mirage Road, and 115th Ave, all fine places to stop and look for birds.  These ibis and egrets were feeding in a shallow pool at El Mirage Rd, and cooperated for some photos as the sun was setting.  Behind me a Belted Kingfisher rattled, and along the river a few Gadwall and a Green-winged Teal were bobbling along.  Just north of this spot is the pond where the Ruddy Ground-Doves like to hang out.


Friday's lunch hour found me at the Cobble Ponds and the Gila River on 91st Ave.  A pair of Neotropic Cormorants landed on the river not far from me, so I waited patiently for them to swim into view.    

Neotropic Cormorant

Red-tailed Hawk
After work I raced down to Estrella Mountain Park, and found a pair of Red-tailed Hawks flying about.  When this one landed on a tall telephone pole, I was able to get close enough to take several nice shots.  Other birds hanging around included Cardinal, Canyon Wren, and Vermilion Flycatcher.

Curve-billed Thrasher


Gilded Flicker

It was too windy to take any photos on Saturday, but I enjoyed hiking in the White Tanks.  On Sunday I headed to the golf course at Estrella Mountain, and crept up on this Gilded Flicker.  On the way, I also watched a pretty female Hooded Merganser from the Estrella Parkway Bridge. 

Across from the golf course this Anna's Hummingbird perched obligingly for a number of photos.  Less cooperative were Brewer's Sparrows and Phainopeplas.


Anna's Hummingbird


Rock Wren
I had one chance at this Rock Wren, and got him before he flew off.  My digital camera shuts off after 60 seconds of inactivity, so I have to keep adjusting the focus, just to keep it on (and ready).


On the way home I stopped to look for the LeConte's Thrasher off of Ave 45E--no luck. The local Ferruginous Hawk didn't want me to get his photo on the telephone pole, but he did sit patiently on this palm tree.
Ferruginous Hawk

Vesper Sparrow

As the sun began to set,  I was happy to find big flocks of Vesper and White-crowned Sparrows in and around the alfalfa fields east of Tacna.



Anna's Hummingbird

Tacna, Paloma Ranch, & Phoenix Area, 7-11 Feb 2002
# Species
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Neotropic Cormorant
4 Black-crowned Night Heron
5 Great Egret
6 Great Blue Heron
7 Green Heron
8 Snowy Egret
9 White-faced Ibis
10 American Wigeon
11 Ruddy Duck
12 Ring-necked Duck
13 Redhead
14 Northern Pintail
15 Mallard
16 Hooded Merganser
17 Green-winged Teal
18 Canvasback
19 Northern Shoveler
20 Canada Goose
21 Gadwall
22 Sora
23 American Coot
24 Common Moorhen
25 Black-necked Stilt
26 Killdeer
27 Greater Yellowlegs
28 Turkey Vulture
29 Red-tailed Hawk
30 Ferruginous Hawk
31 Northern Harrier
32 Osprey
33 American Kestrel
34 Prairie Falcon
35 Gambel's Quail
36 Eurasian Collared Dove
37 Inca Dove
38 Mourning Dove
39 Rock Dove
40 Anna's Hummingbird
41 Belted Kingfisher
42 Gilded Flicker
43 Gila Woodpecker


# Species
44 Northern Flicker
45 Say's Phoebe
46 Black Phoebe
47 Vermilion Flycatcher
48 Horned Lark
49 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
50 Common Raven
51 Verdin
52 Cactus Wren
53 Marsh Wren
54 American Robin
55 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
56 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
57 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
58 Loggerhead Shrike
59 Curve-billed Thrasher
60 Northern Mockingbird
61 Phainopepla
62 European Starling
63 Orange-crowned Warbler
64 Yellow-rumped Warbler
65 Common Yellowthroat
66 Western Meadowlark
67 Brewer's Blackbird
68 Brown-headed Cowbird
69 Great-tailed Grackle
70 Red-winged Blackbird
71 Yellow-headed Blackbird
72 House Sparrow
73 Song Sparrow
74 White-crowned Sparrow
75 Vesper Sparrow
76 Savannah Sparrow
77 Sage Sparrow
78 Lark Sparrow
79 Dark-eyed Junco
80 Black-throated Sparrow
81 Lincoln's Sparrow
82 Brewer's Sparrow
83 Green-tailed Towhee
84 Abert's Towhee
85 Lesser Goldfinch
86 House Finch
87 Cardinal

Photos Henry D. Detwiler