Friday, March 9, 2012

Female House Finch

Been a little while since I've been able to post anything, but I got two days of birding in Arizona. The first was on the 7th on Interstate 10 at two  rest area. The first rest area we didn't think we would get anything because of the 40mph wind. We walked along the fence line and all of a sudden a Lark Bunting flew out of some shrubs and landed on the ground about 10 feet away from us. We got a couple of pictures and then it flew away. The only other bird that we saw there was a House Finch and House Sparrow.
Male House Finch

This rest area had a big hill covered with rock formations behind a fence. So we found a spot in the fence that people go through and paint their names on the rocks. So we started walking along the canyon and right away we see black-chinned Sparrows and Vesper Sparrows on the brushes.

Vesper Sparrow
We walked a little further saw some Black-throated Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Canyon Towhee. Five of those birds being new bird for the year. That was a good day for us and we had an even better day of birding on the 8th! I will be doing a post about the 8th either tonight or tomorrow. Hope you are enjoying our birding trips!!
Happy Birding!!

Black-throated Sparrow

Canyon Towhee

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