|The very polluted Guy Tobin Trail of the DeAnza Trail. It's here where the Ruddy Ground-Doves hung out.|
This past weekend, another winter storm helped soften the moderate to severe drought in parts of our state. At this time, all streams, washes and rivers are flowing at capacity....and then some!
|male Ruddy Ground-Dove|
|Female Ruddy Ground-Dove|
|near the Page Springs Fish Hatchery|
And what a gorgeous day it was around the Page Springs Fish Hatchery near Sedona. It was a first for both of us. We had heard about people birding there but we just never got around to exploring it. Which made us think....
|a wintering Common Black Hawk!|
As our winter winds down, there is a dramatic pause with wintering birds and a sense that migration has already begun. It's a tad early this year. We are seeing birds move in February that should be moving in mid to late March. Take for example, the Common Black Hawk above. As of this date, I have found all summer dwelling hawks(minus the Short-tailed and Swainson's Hawks) before their mass March migration. That is a first in my nearly six years of birding!
|a rare Tennessee Warbler|
So another lifer down. And another 9,253 to go! I leave you all with a look at Arizona's doves(minus the Pigeons). I swear that if you live in Arizona long enough, you'll find every North American bird:) Until next time....