Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens) is a gorgeous desert bird often seen alone or in a pair at the top of a tree jealously guarded because of an ample food supply in the form of mistletoe berries. It eats other berries as well and occasionally will catch an insect like the flycatcher that it is. The males are glossy black with red eyes and the females are gray. They both have a ragged crest and white wing patches obvious in flight. Here is a rare sight of a flock hanging out at the top of a mesquite tree. Juicy red hackberries were nearby but I didn’t notice any mistletoe yet.
Hawks and Falcons of the Arizona Sonoran Desert, Part 2 features rare and less common hawks typical to the area, falcons, and our seasonal migrating visitors, specifically: White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Harris's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Merlin, Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, and Osprey. A few Red-Tailed Hawks are seen in the intro. Great background music, educational narration, and a variety of natural settings accompany these wild birds of prey in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
Hawks and Falcons of the Arizona Sonoran Desert, Part 1, features our wondrous Red-Tailed Hawks who are here all year around. Part 2 features rare and less common hawks typical to the area, falcons, and our seasonal migrating visitors. These videos contain great background music, educational narration, and a variety of wild birds of prey in their natural settings in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
A gorgeous wild female desert spiny lizard (sceloporus magister) in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
The smallest desert fox -- the Kit Fox (vulpes macrotis arsipus, appears before my infrared nightcam once more.
A gila monster raids the nest of Whoopie the Duck and ate some of her eggs. She is very upset and tells me all about it. Filmed in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
A riparian preserve south of Phoenix, Arizona is a real desert oasis for a variety of waterfowl. Starring here is the Cormorant, the Great Egret, the Great Blue Heron, and the Killdeer. A cormorant dives and catches a fish. The Great Blue Heron gives a shout out - to whom I don't know! Cormorant - phalacrocoracidae Great Egret - ardea alba Great Blue Heron - ardea herodias Killdeer - charadrius vociferus
or who knows what you'll find under Whoopie's pool II. A wild gorgeous very unique pale pituophis melanoleucus (gopher snake) in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona - very friendly - visits for a long time before slowly moving on. Great close ups & music!
Over a 24 hour period in July, these critters shared a common watering hole in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona: Sonoran Desert Toad, Desert Cottontail Rabbit, Mourning Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Bendire's Thrasher, and Gambel's Quail. (Captured by remote Bushnell Trophy Cam.)
It's sundown in the Sonoran Desert, and several Anna's Hummingbirds have gathered for a showdown. From their bases in a creosote patch they launch aerial assaults including nose dive bombing -- in order to gain dominance over each other, feeders, and to impress potential mates. To find out more about how a hummingbird in love can move faster than a fighter jet, see the article I posted on Earthcove in Scoop.It or via Twitter @JudyWaywardmuse!