The Azure Gate Bed & Breakfast

9351 E. Morrill Way, Tucson, Arizona 85749
Innkeeper(s): Dennis & Christine Widman

Birds with Fish: Green Heron 23 Jun 2016, 8:10 am

Next up the elusive Green Heron. Obviously, not quite so elusive at Sweetwater Wetlands where the following two photos were taken:

Green Heron with Fish

Green Heron with Fish

Birds with Fish: Great Egret 21 Jun 2016, 7:48 am

Next up, the Great Egret. The first photo was taken at Sweetwater Wetlands. The Second photo from Agua Caliente Regional Park in Tucson:

Great Egret with Fish

Great Egret with Fish

Birds with Fish: Great Blue Heron 19 Jun 2016, 7:46 am

Welcome Barbados! Barbados is now the 128th country to visit this blog. How nice!

Now, continuing my series on Birds with Fish, we come to the Great Blue Heron. While not the best photo (the weed bed is too distracting), here is a Great Blue Heron with an enormous fish. How he got that down is beyond me -- but he did:

Great Blue Heron

Birds with Fish: Brown Pelican 17 Jun 2016, 7:43 am

A curious bird is the Pelican
His beak can hold more than his belly can
He can take in his beak, enough food for a week
And I'm darned if I know how the helican.

Here's a Brown Pelican taking in a fish from Lakeside Park in Tucson:

Brown Pelican

Birds with Fish: Black Crowned Night Heron 15 Jun 2016, 7:09 am

Up next in the series, the Black Crowned Night Heron. Lakeside Park is probably the most reliable place in Southern Arizona to find the BCNH. 

Here a Black Crowned Night Heron decides to show me his catch:

Black Crowned Night Heron

Birds with Fish: Bald Eagle 13 Jun 2016, 7:05 am

Back on April 29th I started a series on Birds with Fish (having just completed a series on Birds Eating Bugs). That series was interrupted by several birding trips yielding good photos. Now, it's June 13th, no more scheduled birding trips for another 10 days, so I'll try to finish the Birds with Fish series.

Today's photo comes from the Skagit River in the Washington State Cascade Mountains. The Skagit River is a favorite spawning ground for King (Chinook), Red (Sockeye), Silver (Coho), Pink (Humpy), and Chum (Dog) salmon. It is also a major spawning ground for Steelhead Trout.

With such a feast available, it is a favorite dining spot for Bald Eagles. Between November and January, 500-600 Bald Eagles live along its banks, feeding on the salmon once the salmon die.

Here is an adult Bald Eagle sitting on a 30ish pound salmon (probably a King).

Bald Eagle with Salmon on Skagit River, Washington

Florida Canyon Birding 10 Jun 2016, 4:56 am

Madera Canyon is well known, well birded, well hiked, and well picnicked. Just prior to getting to Madera Canyon there is turn-off on to a dirt road that goes about three miles into Florida Canyon. Florida canyon, though not as big, not as many trails often gets birds that Madera Canyon doesn't -- or at least not on a regular basis. Rufous Capped Warblers live year round in Florida Canyon but have never been reported in Madera Canyon which is less than a mile away as the crow (or warble) flies. Black Capped Gnatcatchers are also often present in Florida Canyon.

A trip through Box Canyon to both Florida Canyon and Madera Canyon produced some nice results last week:

Black Headed Grosbeak Male

Blue Grosbeak Male

Scott's Oriole Female

Varied Bunting

Western Meadowlark

Northern Shrike

White Tailed Deer

Still More From Agua Caliente 8 Jun 2016, 4:43 am

And just a few more photos from the usually productive Agua Caliente here in Tucson.

Anna's Hummingbird Female

Bell's Vireo with Bug

Lucy's Warbler Showing Distinctive Crown Patch

Vermillion Flycatcher Male

Agua Caliente: Vermillion Flycatcher 7 Jun 2016, 6:12 am

One of the most reliable places to find the gorgeous Vermillion Flycatcher is Agua Caliente. They are just always present. Here are a few photos taken this past week at Agua Caliente of this beautiful photographable bird:

Male and Female




More from Agua Caliente 5 Jun 2016, 6:04 am

More from my birding Agua Caliente:

Lucy's Warbler Singing

Lucy's Warbler with Worm

Black Tailed Gnatcatcher

Broad Billed Hummingbird drinking from Flowering Cholla

Bobcat Streaking By

Roadrunner with Desert Spiny Lizard