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Kestrel on saguaro

Lots of birds on saguaros (Gila Woodpeckers, Cactus Wrens) but the highlight was an American Kestrel, shown in the photo. Also a Verdin, with the red shoulder patches showing clearly. The Phainopeplas were out as well, two plump Mourning Doves warming up on a telephone wire, and the sweet song of the House Finches in the morning sun. I saw a small grey bird, probably a Gray Vireo, but it’s hard to be sure.

The desert broom is still hanging on to its fluffy seeds in places.

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About Bill McCallum

I was born in Australia and came to the United States to pursue a Ph. D. in mathematics at Harvard University, met my wife, and never went back. I am a professor at the University of Arizona, working in number theory and mathematics education.


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