It’s August and it’s hot here in Yuma, Arizona. No doubt when the birds leave home and head south, they have no idea what they’re heading into. Suzanne and I spent thirty minutes at the West Wetlands this morning and noted a “new” COOPER’S HAWK flying by; we saw him later dining on a MOURNING DOVE. Aside from the hawk, it was mostly residents–lots of VERDINS, ABERT’S TOWHEES, WHITE-WINGED DOVES, GILA & LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKERS, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS, and a young BLUE GROSBEAK. Along the Salinity Canal were two returning SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and thirteen BURROWING OWLS. Back at home we had two additional “winter” visitors coming to our tiny pond, a WESTERN TANAGER and our first ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER of the season.
Stay cool out there!