Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Neighbors



After moving to the other side of Phoenix and putting up some new bird feeders, we have quite a few birds to enjoy. The spirited House Finches told everyone in the neighborhood there was food at our place and they all came. White-winged Doves, Inca Doves, Mourning Doves, Great Tailed Grackles, Curve-billed Thrashers, Mockingbirds and Gila Woodpeckers have shown up. Gambel's Quail are down on the ground as well as the Abert's Towhees. Verdin come around in the trees but not to the feeders. The hummingbird feeders are popular too with the House Finches, but they do give way for the Anna's Hummingbird to drink. There are many around, but one particular male likes to defend the feeders. I photographed him when he was scolding the other male just for coming near.

The other photo is a Veery last spring in Ohio. I decided to post it after finding it while going through all my bird photos for a book project. We were in the rain when I made this image.
Makes me miss birding in the Midwest!

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