Saturday, September 10, 2011

Neighborhood Birds #1

After getting a much needed 0.77 inches of rain last night, I decided to see what was around the neighborhood this morning.  It was a beautiful 70 degrees at 8 a.m.  Yesterday evening three unidentified, fluffy young birds made an appearance in my backyard.  I was hoping to find them and get some photos.  As I entered the desert area, about twenty Lark Sparrows flushed.
Lark Sparrow

Then I heard a few Rufous-winged Sparrows singing and spotted one low on a branch.

Rufous-winged Sparrow

 I later spotted one at the nest.
Rufous-winged Sparrow

Then I spotted what I was looking for, a fledgling!

Rufous-winged Sparrow fledgling

A distant buff-tinged bird caught my eye as it flew up from the grass.  As I approached I noticed it was a Lazuli Bunting and managed this photo.
Lazuli Bunting

The squeak of a Ladder-backed Woodpecker got my attention.  I followed it for a while.  It obviously did not want a photograph.  While chasing it, I was excited to get this photo of a Curve-billed Thrasher.  The brown block wall made a good background.
Curve-billed Thrasher

I finally caught up with the woodpecker and got this shot.
Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Although I would have liked to have gone searching for migrating shorebirds and warblers this morning, it was nice to enjoy the desert birds in the neighborhood.


  1. It is always wonderful to find birds nearby to photograph. I especially enjoyed seeing your Rufous-winged Sparrow fledgling images.

  2. Super shots! Great Birds in the Desert! I look forward to heading that direction for the winter and seeing some of my favorite birds.

  3. You know, living in AZ it's almost impossible NOT to have great backyard birds! Wonderful sightings and of birds I am well familiar with from my 3 1/2 years in Tucson!