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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

Post by hugodrax » Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:07 pm

Thunktank wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:35 am
hugodrax wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:12 am
Thunktank wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:29 pm
hugodrax wrote:
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I’m really going to miss Thunktank.
You didn’t think I was going to give him a gun do you? He just needs to shoot the action with a camera. If it turns out anything like last time it would make good comedy for all missing I did, plus he’d be happy because I did miss so many.
It's almost like I can still hear his voice.
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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

Post by Del » Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:32 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Thunktank wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:35 am
hugodrax wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:12 am
Thunktank wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:29 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:04 pm
I’m really going to miss Thunktank.
You didn’t think I was going to give him a gun do you? He just needs to shoot the action with a camera. If it turns out anything like last time it would make good comedy for all missing I did, plus he’d be happy because I did miss so many.
It's almost like I can still hear his voice.
And just like that, with no more fuss than a couple of quiet hisses, Goose adds another human lampshade to his collection.
Alas, poor Thunker! I knew him, Hugodraxio.
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Re: Brides of the Sonoran Desert

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"Anyone who knows anything of experts will know one thing for certain; that they will always be disturbing our way of living; and therefore we shall always be disputing their right of governing." - GKC. Feb 11, 1933.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

Post by Goose55 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:00 am

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Costa's Hummingbird

This Costa's male was observed at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona 8 March 2014. Costa's Hummingbirds get nectar from Ocotillo and this plant relies on hummingbirds for pollination.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Re: Brides of the Sonoran Desert

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Del wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:35 pm
Here we go!

Brides of the Sonoran Desert

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That's a very beautiful image..
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Re: Brides of the Sonoran Desert

Post by Del » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:11 pm

Craft wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:00 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:35 pm
Here we go!

Brides of the Sonoran Desert

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That's a very beautiful image..
I thought there was an awful lot of schwinngg in that saguaro.
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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

Post by Goose55 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:28 pm

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Mourning Dove

One of the most common doves across North America is also a common bird in the Sonoran Desert. They are very abundant in agricultural areas as well as the cities Tucson, Mesa, Glendale, Yuma and Safford, Arizona. If fruit or freshly sprouted seedlings are present in the lower deserts they are quick to find them. All Year Resident - Some Migration from North in winter

Avian biologists in the Sonoran Desert, where summertime temperatures routinely top 100F, a while back compared the heat tolerance traits of mourning doves vs. Gambel’s quail, a common desert species. Using special chambers, the researchers gradually increased the air temperature surrounding the birds from a comfortable 86F to a stifling 140F. While the quail got fidgety and started panting, the doves remained calm and collected. The panting that the quail resorted to comes at a high metabolic price, and actually produces its own heat. The doves, by contrast, rely on a more passive means of cooling — allowing water to evaporate across their skin.
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Post by Goose55 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:03 am

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Curve-billed Thrasher and their nest of beautiful dark blue eggs

This is one of the most accomplished singers amongst Sonoran Desert songbirds. The heavy curved beak is used to catch insects and small lizards. The orange eyes are distinctive.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

This chunky relative of the Mourning Dove gets its name from the black half-collar at the nape of the neck. A few Eurasian Collared-Doves were introduced to the Bahamas in the 1970s. They made their way to Florida by the 1980s and then rapidly colonized most of North America, including the Sonoran Desert.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Bendire's Thrasher

Bendire's Thrasher is a Sonoran Desert specialist which nests in Arizona, USA and Sonora, Mexico. It's drab brown and gray color matches the desert's and allows it concealment. It is similar in appearance to the Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre). The principal distinguishing mark is the shorter, straighter bill. In addition, Bendire's is smaller and has a more yellow eye. The two species are often found in the same area.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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White-winged Dove

These large doves inhabit both in urban and natural Sonoran Desert habitats in the Arizona Desert. By the beginning of September most white-wings migrate away from the Sonoran Desert leaving their smaller cousins behind to face the gauntlet of dove hunting season.

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Blue Wheeled Thresher

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Blue Wheeled Thresher

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Clever parody
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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Leconte's Thrasher

Leconte's Thrasher is probably the most easily recognized of the trashers, but also the least common and the most difficult to find. Leconte's Thrasher is unlikely to be found outside its preferred habitat, low, salt tolerant woody shrubs. Much of this habitat has been disturbed by agricultural and flood control operations along the major rivers where it occurs.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

Post by Goose55 » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:00 am

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Bendire's Thrasher

Bendire's Thrasher is a Sonoran Desert specialist which nests in Arizona, USA and Sonora, Mexico. It's drab brown and gray color matches the desert's and allows it concealment. It is similar in appearance to the Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre). The principal distinguishing mark is the shorter, straighter bill. In addition, Bendire's is smaller and has a more yellow eye. The two species are often found in the same area. Beware that Bendire's bill, although smaller, is also stout and down-curved. The bird is named for Charles Bendire a US Army Soldier who also had a passion for bird study.

During the spring and summer nesting periods insects and small lizards form the bulk of the diet. At other times of year fruit and seeds are vital. Bendire's Thrasher is an exquisite songster - singing especially after wet periods when vegetation is greening up and the prospects for abundant insect prey are good.

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Re: Birds of the Sonoran Desert

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Rock Wren

Rock Wrens are among the most commonly encountered birds in the Sonoran Desert. As their name implies they are most at home on rocky slopes and around small mountains. Food consists primarily of insects and spiders that they extract from nooks and crevices with their longish beak. Rock Wrens are year-round residents in the Sonoran Desert but some individuals migrate as far north as Southwestern Canada during the summer.
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Post by DepartedLight » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:48 pm

oh cool. you always have good bird pics.

Are they drawn to whisps of GH BB Unscented to get the pics?

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Post by Goose55 » Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:18 pm

House Finch
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House finches are small songbirds. Average adults are 14 cm long and weigh 19 to 22 g. Their wings are about 8.4 cm long and tails are about 6.6 cm long. Females are approximately 1.3 cm shorter than males. Males have rosy-pink throats and rumps. They have a red line over their eyes, their backs are lightly streaked in red, their abdomens are whitish and streaked with brown, and they have brown-streaked wings, sides, and tails. Females are brownish overall but may also have some pale red coloration. Young house finches look similar to adult females.

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Now this I like.
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