Monday, June 4, 2007

Arizona wildlife sightings

I have been in Arizona for almost a week now, and have added some great animals to my "life list":

Mammals (photos taken by me):
Golden-mantled ground squirrel (Spermophilus lateralis):


Gunnison's prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni):


Those are babies, the first day they emerged from the burrow!

Birds (photos not by me, I'm not fast enough for bird photography, apparently):

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana):


Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria):


Broad-tailed hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus):

My own poor attempt of a photo at dusk:


An identfiable picture:


I also really want to see an Acorn woodpecker and a Lazuli bunting before I leave.

First real day of field work in the prairie dog colony tomorrow, I'm excited!

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