Birds

Arizona, Day One

As is tradition, my Mom and I went to Arizona this past week, to get some sun, and enjoy some time together.  We only went to Phoenix this time, and had very limited time.  We still managed to have a great time, and see lots of great stuff!

On the way to Phoenix, we stopped off for a picnic lunch at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

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Sunset Crater is always a favorite, because of the lunch company at the visitor center picnic area…lots of Steller’s Jays.  They weren’t quite as cooperative as they have been in previous years, so I didn’t get as many decent photos.  I did get a few.  My favorite part about Steller’s Jays is their crests.  I love that little point on top of their heads!

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I’ll be posting photos from the other two days from our vacation shortly!  Please stay tuned…

Ducks!

I’ve been more interested in birding lately, and have been loving Ken’s Lake, with its many varieties of ducks.

Yesterday, I woke up earlier than usual, and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I packed up my camera and went out to Ken’s Lake to see what types of ducks were visiting.  As it happens, there were lots, and it was nice weather.  I got some decent (but not great) photos of them.  The Common Goldeneyes are new to my lifelist.  Yay!

Here’s Ken’s Lake, looking southeast toward the La Sal Mountains:

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Common Goldeneyes:

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Common Merganser:

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Northern Pintails (they arrived all at once, with a LOT of quacking):

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…and one cute little Bufflehead, who landed with the herd of Pintails, but immediately swam the opposite direction, and stayed by himself.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out and commenting on my latest birding adventures!

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