Sunday, September 23, 2012

More Tucson Yard Birds

1. Anna's Hum-kab Anna’s Hummingbird at feeder 9-9-12

I have been here in Tucson for almost a month now and I am still settling in. Since I have put out my hummingbird feeders and nyjer seed feeders I am getting some regular bird visitors in my yard with a few surprises thrown in.  I don’t think I will get the same variety of hummingbirds here in town that I use to get out in Sycamore Canyon but I have had more of a variety than I thought I would. Since it is hummingbird migration I am seeing young birds that are more difficult to identify but I am doing my best. By far the most regular hummingbird species I am seeing is Anna's, which is really what I expected here in town.

2. DSC_0650-kab Anna’s female seen from the back.


3. DSC_0652-kab Unsure of this bird seen on 9-6-12


4. rufous-kab However, this Rufous male is unmistakable!


5. anna's hum-kab Male Anna's Hummingbird again.


6. Anna's-kab Feeding.


7. Pigs-kab Rock Pigeons on neighbor’s rooftop.


8. say's phoebe-kab Say’s Phoebe on neighbor’s rooftop pipe.


9. LEGO-kab Lesser Goldfinch in my yard.


10. MODO-kab I have seen a couple dozen Mourning Doves about.


11. feeding-kab Including the mama who is raising a small brood in my rafters!

I think she raised two chicks who have fully fledged now, though they are still using the nest. I will have to knock it down soon as the patio is getting covered in droppings which I have to hose off every day. They are big enough to survive on their own and its best they move on, but it’s been fun watching them.

12. Monsoon morning-kab I arrived back here in time to experience the tail end of the monsoon. This was the sky on the morning of September 12. I was able to experience a few thunderstorms from the safety of our new home.

13. PUMA-kab I was surprised to discover that the purple martins are still around and flying over my yard at times!


14. Cooper's hawk-kab The birds were even more surprised when this Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk landed in my backyard!


15. dead ballerina-kab But I was sad to return from errands one day and find my ballerina broken on the ground! I was so happy to set her up and hang the hummingbird feeder off her hand again. I have had her since the early 2000’s and she has lived in 7 houses with me! I haven’t decided what to do with her yet. I am keeping all her piece parts for now.


16. good-bye-kab She looks so sad.

But the birding continues. Yesterday I saw my first Broad-billed hummingbird in the yard. I have also gone out on a couple of other birding adventures, one of which ended with more excitement than I planned. You can see the complete list of yard birds in the side bar, and come back tomorrow to read about my further adventures in birding since moving back to Tucson!


  1. Kathie, I would love seeing all the different hummingbirds. Most of the birds you mentioned in the post except for the mourning doves would be lifers for me. Sorry about your ballerina, it looked really cute holding your feeder. Great post and I enjoyed your photos.

    1. Eileen, thank you. I am going to try to see if I can get the ballerina repaired somehow. If not, I may find a way to still use her anyways!

  2. What a lovely assortment of hummingbirds! Love the rock pigeons roosting on the neighbour's man-made rocks. So sad about your ballerina, if you were here, my grandson could weld her up again.
    With nesting birds that foul your yard, you could put a cardboard box weighed down with a rock or two below them. It would keep your patio clean and provide fertilizer as well.

    1. Arija, thank you for the words of comfort and advice! I wish your grandson was here to weld her up again! However, I will try to find someone closer to home! LOL!

  3. Very nice Kathie! Looks like you're open for business there in Tucson now. I bet those birdies missed you during your New England hiatus : )

  4. Rufous Hummingbird is a great yard bird. I still haven't had one at my place in the 2 years I've had a hummingbird feeder.

    1. Jeremy, I have had them here and up in Sycamore Canyon. I think it is because I am closer to the mountains. This one did not stick around, however.

  5. So wonderful that you are back in Tucson Kathie and beautiful photographs as always :)

  6. I'm so sorry about your ballerina! She was so pretty and unusual. Maybe it can be welded back together. I don't know what she is made of. Your hawk is very beautiful! I do love seeing them, but I think I have one that is eating a lot of my birds. I've had very few birds all summer long. Frustrating. That dove looks so peaceful and I love all the hummingbirds you get.


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.