September 13th Boulders update

I think this is the first post on the new site. I still haven’t been able to get out to any local areas to bird, as there’s too much to do around the house to continue settling in. I have, however, taken time to get some feeders up and take some walks in the neighborhood.

Sorry for the dead bird shot, but this morning I found a dead Burrowing Owl. I asked some birder neighbors, and they’ve never seen a Burrowing Owl in the Boulders. I am now determined to find a little colony here. 🙂 This morning’s sunrise walk also yielded several Wilson’s Warblers, a couple Black-throated Gray Warblers, and some Lesser Goldfinch feeding alongside some Black-throated Sparrows. The Wilson’s and Goldfinch are new “patch” birds for me.

The Northern Cardinals here in the west look pretty different than the ones in the East. Check this one out. Eventually I’ll get a decent shot of a red male with the higher crest.

Obligatory Desert Cottontail during the “magic hour”.

The Greater Roadrunner (above and below) is a fairly common species around here, and we continue to see them regularly in the yard. This one is posturing on the kiva in the backyard. I shot these through the glass from the kitchen window.

I put a suet feeder on one side of the backyard and don’t offer seed there. It does a pretty good job of keeping the sparrows and finches away, and the “bigger” birds love it. I have multiple each of Cactus Wren (above), Curve-billed Thrasher, Abert’s Towhee, Gila Woodpecker, and Gilded Flicker hitting the suet all day long.

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  1. Walter Thurber says:

    The Carefree CBC is coming up on Dec 30. I am a former compiler, but now the count is in the capable hands of Cathy Wise at Audubon Arizona (Cathy.Wise@audubon.org). It would be great to have your help, either in the field or feederwatching; a few people do both. If you are interested, please contact Cathy and she will tell you where help is needed. Thanks.

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