With over thirty birders showing up for the Bird Walk led by Troy Corman and Anne Leight, the group split into two after checking out the hummingbird garden together.
|View of Picket Post Mountain from picnic area (Photo of Chris Zehr)|
Both Lesser Goldfinch and Northern Cardinals were easy to spot.
Although an Arizona winter differs from much of the rest of the country, it is still February and the walkways at the arboretum were lined with flowering plants.
|Anna's Hummingbird (above and below)|
The best of the three-hour walk involved the Cooper's Hawk. At one point in the Demonstration Garden, Troy quickly suggested we look overhead. "A raptor is around," he said. Sure enough, a Cooper's Hawk slowly slid into view giving us a great look at something it does during courtship. It flares its white under-tail covert feathers out toward its flanks. As we watched, a female came toward the first bird, exhibiting the same behavior!
|Ordinarily, that white along the flanks doesn't show on a Cooper's.|
What a spectacular sighting to wrap up a morning of birding!
The following arboretum pictures are shared by Chris Zehr.
Needless to say, we had all worked up an appetite and a small group of us headed to Porter's in Superior where, on the shelf behind us, we noted a stack of bird books topped by Sibley Birds!
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