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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Arizona Sonoran Desert

Sonoran desertscrub (punctuated by Sagauro Cacti) at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson.

A superb male Costa's Hummingbird.

Common, even in suburban Phoenix, the Cactus Wren's rattling call constantly reminded me of old cowboy films.

Greater Roadrunner. Not often seen running it seems!

Curve-billed Thrasher is the most obliging of the Thrashers in Arizona and particularly conspicuous in the desert.

Desertscrub east of Phoenix with typical mix of Palo Verde, Yucca, Prickly Pear and Mesquite.

Gila Woodpecker.

Chris struggling to ID new birds on our first day in Arizona at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

Black-throated Sparrow.

Canyon Towhee on the picnic table at our first campsite.