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(Photos are in Chronological Order (Not necessarily by Subject).   Photos POSTED in 2008). 

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Disclaimer:  I am not an ornithologist, entomologist or zoologist  - Identification of birds, plants and animals is not conclusive


 

Cactus Wren

Curve-Billed Thrasher

Curve-Billed Thrasher 1/20/08

Near Whipple Observatory

Hawk Hunting

1/20/08 shot teken from Elephant Head Trail

(A mountain bike trail - really an old jeep road)

Elephant Head Mountain Bike Trail

This area is full of old mines. Not very big ones but lots of holes where people have tried to find a fortune. This photo is shot northwest across Green Valley. If you enlarge the photo you will see a huge, "leach solution pond" from one of the large mines West of Green Valley.

Desert Horned Lizard

Photo from May 2007

Desert Horned Lizard

"HORNY TOAD"

Hawk with Patience!!!

1/27/08

Border Patrol

Guarding our Infrastructure (or something)

1/28/08

"Was that a bird or a plane?"

Jupiter and Venus over Santa Ritas

2/3/08 Low light... no tripod.

Madera Canyon

2/10/08

Madera Canyon

Find the Craftsman Screwdriver in this photo!

Madera Canyon -

White House Area Gravesite

Historic graves of a mother and infant who reportedly resided at the White House (Madera Canyon) during the early 1900s. Grave area is being maintained, presumably by relatives.

Madera Canyon 2/16/2008

Snow

Mt. Wrightson 2/16/08

Kids building snowman

Madera Canyon 2/16/08

Moonrise over Madera Canyon

2/16/2008

Full Moon 02/20/08

Full Moon 2/20/08

Begin Eclipse 02/20/08

Full Eclipse 2/20/08

Full Eclipse 02/20/08

Eclipse 02/20/08

Madera - tree root in Creek

02/24/08

Madera Canyoun Find the Butterflies

Butterfly 02/24/08

It was like a spring day in Madera Canyon

Waterfall 02/24/08

ACROBAT

2/28/08

Vermilion Flycatcher is BACK

2/28/08

Sunrise over Santa Ritas

3/8/08

Good Morning Green Valley!

3/8/08

03/08/08

03/08/08

"Wild" Turkeys in Madera Canyon

3/8/08 - The first time we saw turkeys in Madera Canyon was a couple of years ago and they were skiddish,wild and ran away.

Very colorful feathers

Quite a display

Today the turkeys don't exhibit any fear. One tried to get on the motorcycle..

What a look! 3/8/2008

I can't help but think of Ben Franklin.

Vermilion Flycatcher

3/9/2008

Vermilion Flycatcher

3/9/2008

American Kestrel (I think) - in the Pecan Orchard

He was flying so fast it was hard to tell for sure but he is the right size.

Run Rabbit

Big JACK!

Hummingbird 3/9/08

wary of attack from above

Mt Wrightson on 3/17/07

Why did the turkeys cross the road?

Just outside Madera Canyon on 3/19/08

about 5 pm.

Like the bears of Yellowstone in the 1960's!!

Good look

On her way

Chiricahua National Monument

3/22/08

Hiking at Chiricahua

Hawk

On the road to Ft Bowie

Hawk 03/22/08

Apache Spring

Trail to Fort Bowie National Hisoric Site

3/22/08

Hiking Companion

Desert Horned Toad on the trail to Ft Bowie

First look at Fort Bowie

This is the first you see of the fort after a hike of 1.5 to 2 Miles.

Photo on the porch of ranger station.

Photo matches pretty well

Located about 15 miles north of Chiricahua National Monument.

Fort Bowie Ruins from High on Ridge

This was a large fort. There is adobe plaster covering many of the walls of the ruins to protect them.

Young Curve-Billed Thrasher

Easter 032308

Easter Warbler

03/23/08

Vermilion Flycatcher

Easter Morning

Young Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

On a pine tree

Red-winged Blackbird

Note the bill. 03/23/08

Turkey Vulture

Saturday 3/29/2008 near Whipple Observatory.

Wildflower with 'Bee' ?

3/29/08

Wildflower - another shot

Hummingbird

Hummingbird 03/29/08

Whipple Picnic Area - against the sign

Vermilion Flycatcher at Sunset

3/29/08

Cardinal

3/30/08

Cardinal

03/30/08

Vermilion Flycatcher in Flight

3/30/08

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

03/30/08

Gila Woodpecker

04/05/08

Gila Woodpecker

04/05/08 In Saguaro

Vermilion Flycatcher 04/13/08

The next 10 photos were taken on 4/12 and 4/13 at Santa Rita Springs

Flycatcher in Flight

Flycatcher in Flight

PYRRHULOXIA

Vermilion Flycatcher 04/12/08

Vermilion Flycatcher

Another flight

Low Level

Female Vermilion Flycatcher

Male and Female

Raven chasing a hawk

4/13/08 from the patio

Hiking Old Baldy Trail

Madera Canyon 04/19/08

Thistle growing on Super Trail

Madera Canyon 041908

Waterfall - Madera

In creek between Super Trail and Old Baldy Trail.

Graffiti in Madera Canyon

The perpetrator defaced multiple rock faces with 'cute' carving and then added this saying. (I assume he/she is cursed forever.)

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Madera Canyon - May 4th

Dusky-capped Flycatchers

Nature Trail 5/4/08

Beetles Celebrating Spring

Madera Canyon May 4th

Wild Turkeys - May 4th

This time they were where they should be - in the woods!

Saguaro National Park West

Mother's Day 05/11/08

Saguaro National Park West

Saguaro National Park West

Saguaro National Park West

Saguaro National Park West

5/11/08

Western Kingbird

Santa Rita Springs 5/17/08

Western Kingbird

Madera Canyon 5/18/08

From bottom of Super Trail

Painted Redstart

Madera 05/18/08

Painted Redstart

Flyning among the Sycamore branches

Painted Redstart

Madera Wildflowers 5/18/08

Moon Rising Over Santa Ritas

5/19/2008

Raven - DIVEBOMBED

Too close to a nest

UNHAPPY RAVEN

5/24/08

Summer Tanager

5/24/08 - Santa Rita Springs

Summer Tanager 5/24/08

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

Arivaca, AZ 5/26/08 - Cienga Trail - About 1.25 miles over a number of boardwalks and bridges. Many, many birds and animals.

Vermilion Flycatcher

BANWR - 5/26/08

Vermilion Flycatcher 5/26/08

Yellow Bird

Not sure what this is. About 8 to 10 inches.

Took off just as I was focusing.

Redwing Blackbird

Buenos Aires 5/26/08

Another Vermilion Flycatcher

Bueno Aires - 5/26/08

Gila Woodpecker - Still in nest

Santa Rita Springs 05/31/08

Woodpecker

5/31/08 - Santa Rita Springs

Cactus

High up in Madera Canyon

Green Valley from Old Baldy Trail

6/1/08

Dusky-Capped Flycatcher

Madera - Agua Caliente Trail 06/01/08

Waterfall-Madera

"The Wall" - 6/1/08

Catching Some Rays

Madersa Canyon 06/08/08

So Relaxed

Dragonfly

Madera 6/8/08

Dragonfly Ground Effect

Thought this was an interesting shot although the focus could have been a lot better. This guy was fast.

Turkey Buzzard

Turkey Buzzard

Madera Canyon 6/8/08

Coopers Hawk ?

Not sure exactly

Madera Canyon 6/8/08

Time to leave

Beautiful bird!

Acorn Woodpecker

Madera Canyon 6/15/08

Juvenile Painted Restart

Juvenile Painted Redstart

Madera 6/18/08

Deer

Squirrel Breakfast

Madera Canyon 6/15/08

Moonrise over Madera

6/16/08

Sunset from Madera Canyon

6/16/08

Moonset 6/22/08

Moon setting over Madera Canyon at about 7 AM

Aerial Combat

Painted Redstart Males

Painted Redstart Male and Female?

This may be the reason for the aerobatics

Wildflower on Madera Trail

6/22/08

Arizona Woodpecker

Madera Canyon 06/22/08

Flame Colored Tanager

RARE - Madera Canyon 6/22/08

Flame Colored Tanager

Two Acorn Woodpeckers on the same tree.

Flame Colored Tanager

Madera Canyon 6/22/08

Spotted Towhee

Madera 06/29/08 - not very good photo but interesting bird.

Sulpher Bellied Flycatcher

Madera Canyon 6/29/08

Sulpher Bellied Flycatcher

Madera 06/29/08

Scrub Mexican Jay

Madera 6/29/08

Gray-breasted Jay

Madera 7/4/08

Gray-breasted Jay

Madera 7/4/08

Leaf-footed Bug

Madera 7/4/08 - When flying, this bug looks like a flying tarantula with it's legs hanging out to its sides, front and back.

Leaf-footed Bug

Madera 7/4/08

Madera Canyon - July 4, 2008

Rufus-sided Towhee

Madera Canyoun 07/05/08

Female Elegant Trogan

Bringing food back to her nest.

Elegant Trogan Female

Madera Canyon 07/05/08 - You can barely see the red on her underside.

Elegant Trogan Female

Madera - 7/5/08

Acorn Woodpecker

Madera Canyon 7/5/08

Backyard Butterfly

7/5/08

Sulpher Bellied Flycatcher 7/19/08 Madera

Tanavirewarbler

Have no idea really but I think it is either a tanager, warbler or vireo.

Unknown

Madera 07/19/08

Gray Hawk 071908

This Gray Hawk was hunting over the Santa Cruz 'River' and the pecan trees in Green Valley.

Gray Hawk

Gray Hawk

Gray Hawk

Gray Hawk 07/19/08

Backyard Visitors

07/20/08

Bee

Mexican Bird of Paradise

Butterfly

Mexican Bird of Paradise

Swallow 7/20/08

Hummingbird Moth 07/21/08

Hummingbird Moth

07/21/08 - about 7:45 PM

Elegant Trogon - Male

Madera Canyon 7/27/08

Male Elegant Trogon

Male Trogon at Nest

Madera Canyon 7/27/08

Waterfalls

Madera Canyoun 7/27/08

Waterfall

Madera Canyon 08/03/08

Waterfall

Madera Canyon

Waterfall

Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon

08/03/2008

Upper Rhyolite Canyon Trail

Chiricahua National Monument 08/16/08

Chiricahua Search and Rescue

A hiker had fallen and injured his leg on the Echo Canyon Trail. Search and Rescue was dispatched. They were looking for the hiker at this point. 8/16/08

Happy Deer at Chiricaua

08/16/08 - Faraway Ranch

Backyard Spider

He/she was having a tough time in the wind.

(Orb Building Spider?) 8/17/08

Tattered Butterfly

8/24/08 Madera Canyon

Vermilion FlyCatcher (Male)

Vermillion Flycatcher 09/06/08 (Female)

Santa Rita Springs

Morning Glory

Blue Grosbeak

Male and Female Santa Rita Springs 9/13/08

Mushroom 09/14/08

Bogg Springs Trail - Madera Canyon

Grosbeak 9/28/08

Santa Rita Springs

Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

Summer Tanager

9/28/08 Santa Rita Springs

Morning Glory - Grasshopper

10/05/08 Santa Rita Springs

Morning Glory

10/05/08 SRS

Vermilion Flycatcher

10/12/08

Thistle

10/12/08 SRS

Grasshopper

10/12/08 - Whipple Observatory

Interesting Bugs

10/18/08 - South Santa Rita Foothills

Interesting Bugs

Flower

Not sure what this is but I liked it-I think it is some type of Rhododendron

Grasshopper

South Santa Rita Foothills 10/18/08

Grasshopper Ecstasy!

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

10/18/08

Fall Comes to Desert

10/19/08

Butterfly

Butterfly

10/19/08

Vermilion Flycatchers

10/25/08 - SRS

Vermilion Flycatcher

10/25/08

Egret - Desert Hot Springs, CA

11/2/08

Hummingbird

Desert Hot Springs, CA

Hummingbird

Desert Hot Springs, CA 11/2/08

Loggerhead Shrike

BANWR October 08

Say's Phoebe

Buenos Aires Nat Wildlife Refuge 11/9/08

Mule Deer

BANWR 11/9/08

Deer in the Grass

BANWR 11/9/08

Hawk

BANWR

Northern Cardinal

BANWR 11/9/08

Pyrrhuloxia

SRS - 11/15/08

Santa Rita Springs - unidentified

Looks like a flycatcher but bill is the wrong color - 11/16/08

Santa Rita Springs - unidentified

May be a flycatcher or a shrike or a mockingbird. 11/16/08

Goldfinch

11/21/08 - SRS

Goldfinches in Ocotillo

 

SRS 11/22/08

Flycatcher

11/23/08 Madera

Flycatcher

11/23/08 Madera

Gray Breasted (Mexican) Jay

11/23/08 - Madera

Jay Takeoff

11/23/08 - Madera Canyon

Green Heron

Desert Hot Springs California 11/27/08

Hummingbird in Hibiscus

11/27/08 Desert Hot Springs

American Kestrel

Santa Rita Springs 11/30/08

American Kestrel

11/30/08

Hawk - SRS 12/6/08

Early Morning

Hawk Landing

12/6/08 Early Morning

Northern Shrike

12/7/08 Santa Rita Springs

Phainopepla Female (young)

12/7/08 SRS

Northern Cardinal (Male)

12/7/08

Female Cardinal

12/7/08

The Couple

12/7/08

Cardinal

Near Whipple Observatory 12/14/08

Cardinal

Near Whipple Observatory 12/14/08

Hawk

SRS 12/20/08

Shrike after Phainopepla

12/20/08

Phainopepla

SRS 12/20/08

Hawk

Hawk in Fornt of Santa Rita Mountains

12/20/08

Woodpecker

SRS 12/21/08

Shrike

Santa Rita Springs 12/21

Gold Finches

Santa Rita Springs 12/21/08

Mt Wrightson

Madera Canyon 12/27/08

Killdeer

Santa Cruz River 12/27/08