Sunday, February 27, 2011

Snow Birds

Today seemed like a good day to take off of work considering the 25-30mph winds mixed with snow and rain. Yes, that is correct, we got a significant amount of snow in SE Arizona today, probably preparing me for the near future when I venture back to the frigid tundra known as Michigan.

So what do we do when we don't count birds for work? Well, we count birds for fun... We journeyed to the Huachucas to see what the storm blew in. Here is a picture of a Yellow-eyed Junco in a snow storm.

We started our trek at the Battiste Bed and Breakfast, just south of Miller Canyon. We had hoped to glimpse the Rufous and Calliope Hummingbird that had been seen lately. Upon arrival, we were quickly scorned for not calling ahead. We gave our sincerest apologies and were permitted to stay. While we were being lectured, we enjoyed this Rufous Hummingbird.
We even were allowed to take pictures and enjoy the birds from the owners personal photography blind. This is where my lens crushed the unsuspecting targets below.

Northern Mockingbird
"Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler. Some consider this a separate species from "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler. Some consider it the same. Some don't really care.
This Chipping Sparrow posed nicely.
Acorn Woodpeckers are entertaining little buggers. What a cracking individual!
I know, it's just a House Finch, but I thought this picture turned out well.
The Calliope showed itself once, but the Rufous Hummingbirds are violent and refused to let the poor hummer enjoy a sugary treat. It was a nice way to spend the day.

Only 5 more days before I migrate back to Michigan.

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