It is always fun to see new country, new bird areas, and just get away from town for a day. We got to see some wide open desert areas, some thick brushy areas, and some very nicely maintained agricultural areas..
Here are a few of the birds we did manage to see, even there were very few stops to shoot photos.
I just love the angle on this American Kestrel.
There was a little bit of a house and yard sort of clawed out of the desert brush, and it seemed to be a real magnet for the local birds. Black-headed Grosbeaks, Northern Cardinals, Northern Mockingbirds, three different sparrows, House
Finches, Gila Woodpeckers and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers. White-winged Doves as well as Common Ground Doves all were flying and pecking their way around the yard.
This female Northern Cardinal was caught sitting on the improvised fence.
A little father out into the desert, we ran across three Harris Hawks. This is a unique bird that they are one of the few Bird of Prey that will hunt cooperatively!
Then when we were in the agricultural areas, there were a lot of the migratory Mourning Doves. They spent the winter here, and then will start heading back north pretty soon.