Photos: Hummer Fights Feather
Apr30

Photos: Hummer Fights Feather

April 27, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf   Did you ever get ready to go out, and then notice a pesky piece of lint on your clothes? Try as you might it’s sometimes difficult to grab and remove it. This Anna’s Hummingbird recently had a similar problem with its wardrobe.             d The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a...

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Photos: Kestrel Afternoon Delight
Mar31

Photos: Kestrel Afternoon Delight

March 26, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf I recently found these Kestrels enjoying each other’s company on a sunny day. Kestrels are small falcons about the size of a large pigeon or quail. They are fast fliers and very accurate hunters. Their behavior on this afternoon brought to mind a song from the ‘70s titled “Afternoon Delight.” For those of you old enough to remember the Starland Vocal Band, here are a few lyrics from that popular song...

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Scottsdale Photos: Yard Birds & A Bonus
Mar16

Scottsdale Photos: Yard Birds & A Bonus

By Tom Mangelsdorf  Unlike some of the more elusive Greater Pinnacle Peak area’s wildlife like javelina or bobcats, birds can be found in nearly any back yard. They’re abundant. They’re colorful. They sing. And, most wonderful of all, they can fly. Spring is quickly coming, and the birds are pairing up to build nests and lay their eggs. It’s a magnificent time of year. I would encourage everyone to turn off their televisions, cell...

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Photos: Hummingbirds – Colorful Desert Wonders
Dec31

Photos: Hummingbirds – Colorful Desert Wonders

By Tom Mangelsdorf Hummingbirds, in various varieties, can be found throughout the greater Pinnacle Peak area, and they are truly wondrous to watch and photograph. Whether you have a hummingbird feeder on your patio or flowering plants in you landscaping, you’re likely to attract hummingbirds. They are a very territorial bird that will chase away any intruders into their established space. Speed, agility and their ability to hover are...

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Gambel Quail Chicks – The Next Generation
Aug30

Gambel Quail Chicks – The Next Generation

Article and Photographs by Tom Mangelsdorf For those of you who live in the Greater Pinnacle Peak area of Scottsdale, Arizona, seeing a Gambel’s Quail is not a particularly unusual sighting. If you see one, you’re also likely to see another one close by. They tend to travel around the desert in male/female pairs. If you’re really fortunate, you may sometimes see the male and female escorting their brood of tiny young chicks. A male...

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