Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Arizona August 2012

Mexican Jay Aphelocoma wollweberi
These guys are not the same species as the Western Scrub Jays in your back yard.
For some reason, looking at this bird makes me want some whiskey.

A lot of effort is being put into keeping them from going extinct.

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Mexican Spotted Owl
The Mexican population of Spotted Owls spill over into Southeast Arizona.  Given their geographical isolation from the Spotted Owls in California, along with their different calls, many consider them to be a separate species.

Butterfly 1
Butterfly 2
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
Butterfly 3
Butterfly 3

American Snout
One of the most bizarre-looking butterflies.

Butterfly 4
Butterfly 5: Marine Blue Leptotes marina ???

Butterfly 6

"My mother's coming to visit."
"In that case, I'm going fishing,"
No, you're not!"
"Yes, I am!"
"You've been drinking!"
"Only beer.  Gimme a kiss!
"Go away. I hate you!"

Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Butterfly 7: Elada Checkerspot ???

Arizona Sister or Mexican Sister
Considered by some to be a race of California Sister, Adelpha bredowii, but considered to be a full species by others.
Butterfly 8:  Checkered White pontia protodice ???

Roseate Spoonbill
Glendale Recharge Ponds August 19th, 2012.
It was 104F when I took this photo from 200 yards away, so I don't want to hear any complaints.

Yes, this is the Tombstone that they keep making movies about.
Shooting bad guys is hard work.  Union rules says we get half an hour for lunch.

Car we saw in the parking lot at Boot Hill, where they buried people in Tombstone.
Would you hire ghost busters whose marketing budget allowed for one can of window marker paint?

Hey, these guys could use the services of GIT!
Wilson's Phalaropes
Glendale Recharge Ponds
This is a nervous smile.
I told Csaba that it's legal to wear your gun in Arizona.
He didn't believe me until we ran into a birder at Miller Canyon who had a .45 automatic.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
The price we paid for getting glimpses of this bird while standing in tall grass at the monastery in St. David, Arizona in the summer was a nice case of chiggers.  I am typing this with one hand, while scratching my ankles with the other.
Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
One of the few birds that I can imitate, and succeed in calling out of hiding.
Miko, if you add me onto your year list, I will peck your eyes out!
Dragonfly 1
Dragonfly 2
Dragonfly 3
Dragonfly 4
Dragonfly 5
Dude, where's my tail?
Sonoran Spotted Whiptail

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