Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrows are among the most common of Sonoran Desert birds during the winter months, October through March. However, during the summer they are completely absent because they return to their breeding grounds in northern United States and Canada. The pinkish bill and sharply marked crown are distinctive.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Brewer's Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrows arrive in the Sonoran Desert by late September and can be found through the winter months into spring. By May they are returning to the semi-arid habitats of the Inter-mountain West favoring sagebrush and open juniper woodlands.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Savannah Sparrow

These are small sparrows; noticeably smaller than house finches. Savannah Sparrows inhabit open areas across North America, but are absent during the warm summer months in the Sonoran Desert. With the arrival of wintry weather they migrate south and many spend the winter in the warmer deserts of Arizona. Savannah Sparrows will be found in the deserts only in years with abundant winter rains.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

Post by Goose55 » Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:29 pm

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Chipping Sparrow

Chipping sparrows usually do not make their way to Arizona's Sonoran Desert until nearly the winter solstice. In summer they are characteristic birds across much of North America, including the higher terrain of northern and eastern Arizona, where they tend to occur in open areas at the boundary of wooded areas.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Lark Sparrow

Relatively large sparrow with boldly marked face, black stick-pin on clear chest/belly, and long tail. Winter resident of the Sonoran Desert.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Rufous-winged Sparrow

Rufous-winged Sparrows inhabit the grassy open areas between shrubs and trees in the mesquite basques. The rufous patch in the wing can be concealed, so look also for the rufous crown, the pale gray chest and belly, and the pair of black whisker marks. Fairly common in the right habitat from Tucson and south into Mexico.

A good supply of insects are required for breeding and this food supply arrives with the onset of monsoon summer rains. After the breeding season seeds become the primary food.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

Post by Goose55 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:51 pm

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Lucy's Warbler in a Sonoran Desert Mesquite tree

When mesquite trees, palo verdes and willows are adding a flush of new leaves in the spring, there is an abundance of insect prey and Lucy's Warbler's arrival from the Neotropics coincides. Mesquite Bosque and edges of riparian habitat in the Sonoran Desert are the preferred habitats. Come autumn these insect-dependent warblers migrate way south to the Neotropics and return to the Sonoran Desert around April each year. Quite an amazing feat for an animal that weighs between two and three USA dimes

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Loggerhead Shrike

A smartly gray and white bird with a distinct black mask through the eyes. The bill is heavy with a hook at the tip. These are predatory song birds fond of large insects like grasshoppers and occasionally small mammals. From a prominent perch they sally down to the ground to capture prey. Male shrikes will display their captured prey on thorns of barbed wire - presumably to demonstrate the quality of the territory they're defending and how adept they are at providing for a potential family.

Loggerhead Shrikes are more numerous in the Sonoran Desert during the winter after the arrival of migrating northern birds.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

Post by daveinlax » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:07 pm

Great Shots! It’s really cold here and I’m looking forward to getting back to SoAz in a couple of weeks. :pipe:

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