blackburnian Posted June 25, 2019 Share Posted June 25, 2019 Hey birders, I recently returned from a two-week trip to AZ, NM, and CO. I had never birded AZ before so as you can imagine the anticipation was high. I had done MT and WA in previous years, but those were my only birding ventures out west prior to this. It was a bit overwhelming at times, but overall it ended up being a massively successful trip. Lifers will be in bold. Day 1: My father and I arrived in Phoenix at around 9 AM on Saturday, June 8th. Wanting to beat the most intense heat of the day, we headed directly for Desert Botanical Gardens, just south of Phoenix. We figured it would be a solid spot to acclimate and familiarize ourselves with both the climate and the birds. Before we got there, we saw the first of MANY White-winged Doves, a lifer for my dad, but a bird I had seen previously on the east coast and a couple of roadside Great-tailed Grackles. IMG_9832 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_6946 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_0178 by Jim Joe, on Flickr Once we got to the actual gardens, the lifers came quickly. Common birds of the SW like Verdin, Cactus Wren, Abert's Towhee, and Curve-billed Thrasher were among the first to greet us. IMG_6790 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_6801 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_0059 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9887 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_6667 by Jim Joe, on Flickr We saw the trip's only Costa's Hummingbirds and Gilded Flicker, which quickly displaced our first (of many) Gila Woodpecker from its perch. IMG_0103 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9968 by Jim Joe, on Flickr I also thought this darker Collared-Dove stood out nicely among his peers. IMG_0077 by Jim Joe, on Flickr On the way back to the car, we spotted a Gambel's Quail skirting across the parking lot, a common sight in this part of the country. IMG_6738 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_6746 by Jim Joe, on Flickr From the Gardens, we headed off to find our most important target of the day... 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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