Anna's Hummingbird Male, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Flying Jewels, 2017 Edition


Among the New World’s birds, surely hummingbirds, the “Flying Jewels,” are the most extraordinary. WC spent some time in Tucson’s Sonora Desert Museum recently, which includes a delightful Hummingbird Aviary. They are photos you could get in the field, and WC has some nice hummingbird photos from the trip, But it’s easier where the birds’…

Greater Roadrunner, Tuba, Arizona

The Quintessential Bird to Chase


A distinctive bird of the American southwest, after vultures probably the most distinctive, largely thanks to those silly Looney Tunes Roadrunner-Coyote cartoons. But the Greater Roadrunner is a lot more comical than the cartoon one, although it’s rarely chased by coyotes. Roadrunners can raise and lower their crests, and frequently raise and lower their tails, sometimes…

Yellow-eyed Junco, Florida Wash, Southeast Arizona

No, Really, Chasing Birds


The Yellow-eyed Junco is a Southeastern Arizona specialty, not commonly found anywhere else in the United States. It’s pretty easy to pick it out among its Dark-eyed cousins. They are common throughout mountainous regions of,Mexico, under the arc but and rules of birding, species seen in Mexico don’t “count” as North American species. Another Southeastern…