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Patagonia, Arizona

Summer Tanager, male




Summer Tanager, female


Black-headed grossbeak…


telling the summer tanager to move its ass.
 
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Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona

Magnificent hummingbird, male. The hummingbird has a leg band. I'm going to see if I can find out how long ago and where he was banded.


Acorn woodpecker excavating a nest cavity and spitting out the wood chips.


Red shafted flicker


Elegant trogon taking flight
 
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Mountain king snake, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona


A love story, hepatic tanagers, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona


Elegant trogon dining on a caterpillar.
 
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Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona

Magnificent hummingbird, male. The hummingbird has a leg band. I'm going to see if I can find out how long ago and where he was banded.
Did you get a good shot of the band number? If so, contact the USGS Bird Banding Lab and they'll tell you everything about that bird.

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/
 
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I emailed a local bander who forwarded my inquiry to a banders’ list. The bird was banded in 2014 in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona and hasn’t been sighted since. So it’s at least six years old. The location where the bird was banded is just under a hundred miles straight line distance from where I saw it. Following reasonably suitable habitat, it is closer to a hundred fifty mile journey.
 
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I emailed a local bander who forwarded my inquiry to a banders’ list. The bird was banded in 2014 in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona and hasn’t been sighted since. So it’s at least six years old. The location where the bird was banded is just under a hundred miles straight line distance from where I saw it. Following reasonably suitable habitat, it is closer to a hundred fifty mile journey.

That's pretty cool. Just getting clear photos of that band number is an accomplishment. I've banded thousands of hummingbirds (and passerines) and it was always really great when we caught someone else's bird or one that was a bit old.
 
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Red tail hawk chicks, Tucson, Arizona. They likely fledge in the next day or two,
 
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Gould's Turkeys, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona

The turkeys are wild but hang out at the bird feeders because, hey, free food.
 
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Green King Fisher, male, Santa Cruz River at Carmen, Arizona

This is the first time I've seen this bird. He's been fishing so his feathers are wet and not showing his brilliant green colors.




He just caught a fish in this pic. I'm going back out there later this week with the scope to try to get better pics.


I just noticed that his color scheme is pretty much the same as the elegant trogon I've been posting pics of for the last few months. If you do an image search for green king fishers to get better photos, you'll see what I mean.

Elegant trogon male, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona


Hepatic tanager, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona
 
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Bats cleaning out the hummingbird feeders, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona






 
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Female elegant trogon, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona




Male elegant trogon


In this pic, he is inserting his head in a potential nest cavity and calling into the hole. I think is trying to convince the female to come and check out the nest site.

It must have worked because they were enjoying each other's company this morning. There is a pic but posting it would violate the rules of the babe thread, let alone the decorum of this family friendly channel.
 
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One last pic for the day. Sulphur-bellied flycatcher gathering twigs for the nest hole, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona

 
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Harris's hawk, Tucson, AZ this morning. Light was a bit low as the sun was just breaking the horizon.

Harris's hawks are communal, living and hunting in groups. This one is calling its homies.


One responded so this one flew up to the top of a palm tree to get an eye on the other hawk and then took off to join it on a power line.
 
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