Monday, March 05, 2012

Birds, glorious birds, part 1

Oh great, now I'm singing the song from Oliver Twist.

Hubby needed a mental break from his job...a warm and sunny mental break, so he booked a trip to Arizona and off we went. It was mainly for birding since Son1 is a serious birder. Here I am with the kids, binoculars around our necks.
We weren't disappointed. At Catalina State Park, we had some good, close looks at Mexican Jays. (Remember to click on the photo to pull it up larger.)
At Cochise Lake outside of Willcox, there were a ton of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead.
More Sandhill Cranes...
Ok, one last one because I love them so much. ;)
Aren't these too cute? Son1 thinks they might be Semi-palmated Sandpipers. He's not as certain about shorebirds identification.
There were also flocks of American Wigeons. This is decent close-up of one of the males:
These are Northern Shovelers:
How about those honkers on the Shovelers?
It's not a perfect pic of the Northern Harrier, but can you see the banding on tail?
Almost as cute as the birds are my guys.
Right at the entrance of the lake area, there was a Say's Phoebe!
This isn't the best photo, but we saw a Horned Lark on our way out.
At San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Preserve, there were more White-crowned Sparrows than we've ever seen before in one spot. The bird on the left is a female Pyrrhuloxia.
Also at San Pedro, we had nice views of Lesser Goldfinches.
Does this remind you of a Stevie Nicks' song? White-winged Doves!
This was one of the most exciting birds for me on the trip: a Vermilion Flycatcher.
So that you don't get exhausted from all the excitement, I'll save the rest of the bird photos for - you guessed it! - part 2, next Monday. I know: how will you ever survive the week, right?

Have you been birding too? Did you do the Great Backyard Bird Count?

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams


Under the Willow said...

Thank you for sharing all these great photos! Yes I did the bird count- 1st morning I didn't see any birds- I thought "What the heck- no birds- first time I can ever remember this!" By day two there were dozens, and dozens...yah!

This trip sounded like such a wonderful time together, getting away and enjoying something the whole family loves. Perfect.

Sherrie said...

Oh, I feel bad for the 'lesser goldfinches'. They're not so bad. :)

Michelle said...

How fun to see such a variety of birds! My fav's out of those you listed are the Northern Shoveler and the Mexican Jay. I wonder if the Mexican Jay speaks spanish? ;) lol!

I can't believe how tall your boys are. They might pass up their dad huh?!

I'm glad you were able to get away and enjoy some warmth. Can't wait to see the next group of pix :)

Nan said...

I really love the Shovelers! Your boys just might want to follow the blog of Travels With Emma. Emma is the dog, but Judy, the human, volunteers at wildlife preserves and has tons of bird photos.

Robin said...

Love the pics! So glad you had a good time. It would be so fun to go somewhere far away for the birds. Almost every bird you see would be new.

Our cardinals have started the Springtime calls. Looking for girlfriends.

Alina said...

I completely dig the honkers on those shovelers. And I will now have to work that phrase into as many conversations as humanly possible from here on out.

Your trip looks so FUN!!! You and your family just warm my heart.

Maureen said...

Wow! Beautiful pics of beautiful birds! Looks like it was a relaxing and warm trip! Hope your hubby is mentally refreshed now.

Epicure68 said...

Cool! Glad you guys had a great time and got in some sun.

Sara said...

Such great pictures! Willcox is a funny place. I'm getting a good chuckle imagining you all trying to find something to do there besides birding. ;)

MyKidsEatSquid said...

I took a birding class in college but I'm afraid I haven't done anything like it since. What a great family adventure tho.

Name: Holly Bowne said...

Okay, I admit it. I know nothing about birds. But I love cool photographs and you've got some nice ones! I especially like your shots of the American Wigeons and Northern Shovelers!

Also, can I say you look about my height when standing beside your kids. I had to study it carefully to see you. ;o)