Okay, so I may have to revise my blog plan to be the Almost-daily Bird... once again, life (this time in the form of travel) did not provide daily opportunities. Ah, well -- I'll continue to try my best.
Today's best came as a huge surprise. After failing to get any clear images of a hummingbird perched in the shade just outside the dirty front window, I went to see what was out back. And to my delight, I spotted a bird I've never before seen in our neighborhood, much less overlooking my backyard...
Through the window, a beautiful male American Kestrel, perched high in our neighbor's palm. See how his wings are not tucked in tight -- this seems to be what raptors do to help cool themselves. Today we were supposed to reach 109 toasty Phoenix degrees! Which explains why there's less bird activity and more shady perching going on at the moment.
Later, the light improved and I was also able to get a moody shot of the little male Costa's Hummingbird who's been spending most of his day on perched on the aloe outside the front window by my desk.
He looks a bit raggedy, but who wouldn't, in this heat?