Saturday, October 25, 2014

Phainopepla at Percha Dam SP, glad it hadn't migrated south yet

Phainopeplas are iconic southwest birds but most migrate to Mexico for the winter. So I was delighted to spot this male when I took the trail from the Percha Dam State Park campground. He was about a quarter mile south of the campground and 50 or so feet up a tree.
He called a couple of times and at one point I heard another Phainopepla call but did not see the second bird.
Their shiny black plumage and whispy crest plus red eyes make these males most distinctive. SeEtta