A friend and I met early yesterday morning and walked Cooper Mountain Nature Park.
The rain held off and we even got some blue sky.
The first thing I heard when getting out of the car were these guys singing. They were all over the place and one of the most prevalent birds we saw.
We were on the look out for migrants. It seems many have just shown up in the last week or two. We weren't let down. We saw Warblers, Vireos and Tanagers.
This is an Orange Crowned Warbler isn't it?
The iris were just beautiful!
This cute White-breasted Nuthatch was taking some food to the nest box. For mom? Or could there be young ones already?
I'd like to say that I planned for the wonderful colors in these photos, but it just happened. I am so in love with this wren and the warm blues and browns in the photos.
Of course, it never fails that when one bird is in perfect photography range, another appears and I am trying to take photos of them all. This Western Bluebird didn't want to be ignored.
(photo taken with a retro camera app on my phone)
We had a fun walk and saw 29 species!
I need to get back to that park more often.