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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Photos: Wild Peach-Faced Love Birds
Jul12

Photos: Wild Peach-Faced Love Birds

Article and Photographs Courtesy of  Tom Mangelsdorf A couple of years ago I was surprised to see two brightly colored birds feeding on a sock full of thistle seeds I have hanging in the yard. I took a few pictures at the time and then they disappeared. Well, they’re back two years later. I discovered these are wild Peach-Faced Lovebirds, and they’re native to southwest Africa. Apparently years ago, a local aviary released a...

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You Got to Stop and Smell the Roses
May19

You Got to Stop and Smell the Roses

I walk just about every day of the year, and it’s usually a long walk. It’s a great way to exercise, and it gives me the opportunity to “Stop and Smell the Roses” as Mac Davis sang in his 1974 hit song. We don’t have too many native roses in the greater Pinnacle Peak area, but the desert does come alive every spring with beautiful blossoms that are just as magnificent as any rose. The following photographs are of blooms and other...

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