|A highlight of the week, a parti-colored species, the Varied Bunting|
A variety of species came in to nab bits of orange & suet from the pole feeder.
|Black-headed Grosbeak, ho hum for me, but not from birders visiting from east of the Mississippi.|
|A bold little Bridled Titmouse|
|Female... uh.. there's a blackish bib... but a Scott's?|
And on to more cooperative birds, such as Blue Grosbeaks.
There are Blue Grosbeaks in California, but often as not I don't see more than one or two per year. Here in Arizona though, the things are practically a plague. Have seen more this week than in all previous years of my entire life. A half dozen at a time is no big deal in Arizona.
|Male Blue Grosbeak|
|A female Blue Grosbeak, altogether llooking like a different species than her mate|
|Magnificent 'Better-than-average' Hummingbird|
|Minding her business when along came a bully - a male Magnificent|
|He kept dive-bombing the little female, over and over again|
|The b*stard took over the little girlie's place at the feeder|
|But too quick for my camera, the little girl chased the big jerk from HER perch|
Doesn't the Magnificent look surprised at her moxie?
|The Magnificent, its purple & turquoise caught the sun as it skedaddled|
|Lesser Nighthawk in the ebbing light|