Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cooler Birding

Cooler birding has finally arrived here in the desert!  It was a gorgeous 58 degrees yesterday morning when I set out to check a few local parks.  I started at Lakeside Park hoping for a Blue-footed Booby or some other wayward treat.  I was disappointed when the only birds on the water were mallards and coots.  I heard and briefly saw a distant kingfisher, but never located it.  There were some active flycatchers out and about.

Vermilion Flycatcher

 A few Killdeer were on the ballfields as well as my first of the season lone White-crowned Sparrow.

Next I was off to Reid Park to check out what ducks had arrived.  There were a couple Ring-necked Ducks and wigeon, but no Redheads or Lesser Scaup yet.

These two were at their usual hangout out near the pond.

Great Egret
Double-crested Cormorant
Not near the water was this Black Phoebe...

who was harassing this cute Vermilion Flycatcher.

A beautiful kestrel wasn't having any luck with breakfast...

 and the goldfinches and Verdin were taking turns at the drinking fountain.

Lesser Goldfinch
It was a great way to start off the weekend.  Did I mention I'm loving the cooler temps?


  1. Vermilion Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Phainopepla, Verdin - so many of my favorite AZ birds!

  2. Jeremy, I am also enjoying the cooler temps. It is delightful to have chilly mornings again.

    Any day with Vermillion Flycatchers, Phainopeplas and Verdins would be a spectacular day for me. Love these pictures.

  3. Jeremy, I am loving the cooler temps as well and saw many swifts around town today as I was doing errands and counting birds. I have not been to Lakeside in awhile. Perhaps I should go! Love the pic of the verdin at the drinking fountain!