I don’t own a telephoto lens (although I borrowed one for an earlier post), so my bird photos are always subpar, but I get lucky sometimes anyway! Here are my best attempts at birds in the Grand Canyon, AZ.
I love nuthatches. They are the only birds that can go down trees! This is just the familiar White breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) (which has a very broad range), but they seem a bit larger out west.
Female Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana). The males are a brilliant blue, but I didn’t manage to catch a photo of one. She is still pretty.
Mountain Chickadees (Poecile gambeli) were very common on the rim. Not quite as cute as the black-capped in my humble opinion, but definitely with a chickadee-dee-dee aura!
Ravens (Corvus corax) rule the Grand Canyon.
A gang of Brewer’s Blackbirds (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
I’m not sure, but I think this is also a Brewer’s Blackbird.
Western Scrub Jays (Aphelocoma californica) were quite common in the canyon, but still beautiful.
Remember, they are not *actually* blue!
Blurry, but recognizable, pygmy nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Rufous crowned sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps)
They always look so grumpy!
A lesser goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)…you know how I love goldfinches
I think this is a golden eagle (but I’m not 100% sure)
And of course, plenty of Turkey Vultures, each of which I thought was a condor.