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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Black-headed Grosbeak - back in 2015

Today I saw a Black-headed Grosbeak back for his fly-by for the 2015 season.

Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus, male, alternate (breeding) plumage 1

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spotted-Towhee

I saw a female Spotted Towhee on the way up and on the way back down the trail in Boynton Canyon, Sedona, AZ.

Male Spotted Towhee (pipilo maculatus) (8400654883)


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Sunday, April 5, 2015

White-winged dove arrives

White-winged dove arrives. Perched on the ocotillo,  he looks like he was scoping the menu, but he never came down to eat...yet.



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Great-horned Owl on the catio roof

Great-horned owl perched on the catio roof. This is why--er, at least one of the reasons why my kitties aren't allowed outside at night!



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Azures

Swarms of these Azures were at the pond. Lavender blue closed and then blue/purple from above.



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Ms. Micro



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The Monsters are out!

This is the first Gila monster I've seen this spring!



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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ash-throated Flycatcher returns for 2015

While eating breakfast on the front patio this morning, I saw the first Ash-throated Flycatcher of the year. Still no White-winged doves though!

Myiarchus cinerascens -Tuscon, Arizona, USA-8 (4)

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Hedgehogs

It's been a fabulous spring for bloom. The hedgehog cactus have been especially prolific with blossoms.



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Prickly pear in bloom

Prickly pear cactus began blooming this week.



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