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September 2019



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wildrider in photo_scavenger

Look Up, Look Down

I know I'm behind, but I finally got some good shots!

Look up!

A Native Arizonan Gila Woodpecker amidst imported European starlings...

Look down!

Unsure what little birds these are mingling with one of the wild Phoenix flocks of peach-faced lovebirds (also an import, obviously... they're natives of Africa, but have become widespread in Phoenix):

Back to NaNo-ing!


Good choices - interesting how bird populations will spread
All so pretty! I think the exotics in the bottom photo are peach-faced love birds.

Yes, they are indeed peach-faced lovebirds -- they started, the Phoenix Audubon Society thinks, appearing wild in the Phoenix valley in the late 1980's -- they've spread over the entire Metro Valley now. We have a rather sizable flock in our park. They live in palm trees and saguaros!

It's the drab little finch/linnet birds I can't seem to identify! They don't have the color of most linnets, although they're the same basic size and shape, with the same beak. (Conical beak, seed-eaters, dark brown plumage, about 17-18 cm long...)

Argh! Somehow I managed to miss that you had ID'ed them right there. That'll teach me not to read the whole sentence. *sigh*
Well, I can't claim I haven't been guilty of skimming, myself! :)
Ah, you're NaNo-ing, too! I hope it goes well for you, good luck!
Great choices for the prompts. I find it very fascinating when the native bird population gets such "visitors". Not too far from where I live we have one of the few populations of wild parakeets in Germany, and it's really fascinating.
Yep! 21,031 words!

It was funny - one day we noticed one little lovebird and thought he must have been an escapee; two days later we realized there were dozens of them and we had to look them up, finding out they were going native, as it were, all over the valley!
I really like both of those.
What great shots! Birds are so beautiful.
Lovely shots, and so interesting to see a variety of birds.
What fun shots. I'm afraid I can't help with the identification of the birds, but I adore our winged ones, so it's always a pleasure to see them in photos.

Back to my NaNo myself...

- Erulisse (one L)