Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saguaro National Park

Early morning birding at Saguaro National Park (West side).

Sun's just coming up over the mountain

A male Gambel's Quail in a twisted tree

An expanse of Englemann Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii)

Teddybear Cholla (choy'-ya)  (Culindropuntia bigelovii or Opuntia bigelovii).  Nothing soft and fuzzy about these plants.  The spines easily imbed in skin, shoes, clothing and need a comb or pliers to be removed.  Packrats pile up detached joints around their nests for protection.  The joints will root when in contact with soil.

Another male Gambel's Quail

A Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

A pretty poor, fuzzy photos of a Black-throated Sparrow(Amphispiza bilineata) sitting beside a prickly pear that was probably munched on by a javalina.

Can't get enough photos of saguaro

And, my Lifer Phainopeplas (Phainopepla nitens) - the female of the pair.  After this initial sighting, I saw these birds everywhere!

1 comment:

  1. An imposing formidable looking environment that's for sure. Still there is life.....