Although it rained early, by the time I reached Cholla Day Use area in Lost Dutchman State Park, it had stopped. Despite clouds overhead, the air seemed clear. Moisture remained on jojoba and other plant leaves. Puddles were sufficient that I didn't spend any time waiting at the drip faucet to observe birds that might come in for a drink; they could find it elsewhere in today's desert.
|Sun slipping through the clouds giving light and shadows|
|Rock Wren with morning sun lighting up its belly|
Birds were feeding at this hour, so I took photos of the two major woodpeckers at this state park. Below are two photos of a Gilded Flicker that don't show its brown back with narrow black bars. When it flies, you see much yellow "gold" beneath its wings - thus, its name, "Gilded". Sometimes the "gold" also shows near the tail when it's perched but my eyes aren't seeing it in these photos. Both flickers show a white rump when flying.
|Note the cinnamon-colored head and large black breast spot that differ from Northern Flicker.|
The Gila Woodpecker below looks very different than the flickers starting with its black-and-white barred back and rump. It's forehead, head, nape and belly are grayish brown. The male can be told by its red crown on gray head. It shows white wing patches when it flies.
|Gila Woodpecker (male)|
Although I came across only a small group of White-crowned Sparrows, their numbers will increase as they continue to migrate back to this area for the winter. They were busy eating and allowed me to get fairly close for photos.
|White-crowned Sparrow - above and below|
Nineteen species in an hour and a half at Lost Dutchman SP is not a bad day!
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