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ABC Bird of the Week:  Varied Bunting
Like Painted Buntings, male Varied Buntings shine like jewels. The brilliant colors of Varied Buntings stand out in their arid habitat. But despite their striking appearance, this is an inconspicuous bird, often concealed in desert brush far from human habitation.
Most Varied Buntings occur in Mexico, barely making it into the United States along the southern borders of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Like many other desert species, its life cycle is tied to rain: When summer rains are delayed, they may not nest until as late as August.
Since Varied Buntings lurk in dense cover, they are easiest to find when singing their series of sweet, whistled phrases, similar to the closely-related Painted and Lazuli buntings…
(read more: American Bird Conservancy)
photo: Jacob Spendelow

HH:  Carr Canyon, Cochise County would be the place.

rhamphotheca:

ABC Bird of the Week:  Varied Bunting

Like Painted Buntings, male Varied Buntings shine like jewels. The brilliant colors of Varied Buntings stand out in their arid habitat. But despite their striking appearance, this is an inconspicuous bird, often concealed in desert brush far from human habitation.

Most Varied Buntings occur in Mexico, barely making it into the United States along the southern borders of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Like many other desert species, its life cycle is tied to rain: When summer rains are delayed, they may not nest until as late as August.

Since Varied Buntings lurk in dense cover, they are easiest to find when singing their series of sweet, whistled phrases, similar to the closely-related Painted and Lazuli buntings…

(read more: American Bird Conservancy)

photo: Jacob Spendelow

HH:  Carr Canyon, Cochise County would be the place.

Willow Grouse - “Eyebrows”
Photo and Comment by Sebastian Van Der Greef -
"During a Finland trip to photograph Hawk Owl our guide heard about a willow grouse located near Kuusamo. We where fortunate to encounter the willow grouse and spent some time around resulting in a series of images.”

The inset picture is a Grouse not in winter.  Same eyebrows  :)

Willow Grouse - “Eyebrows”

Photo and Comment by Sebastian Van Der Greef -

  • "During a Finland trip to photograph Hawk Owl our guide heard about a willow grouse located near Kuusamo. We where fortunate to encounter the willow grouse and spent some time around resulting in a series of images.”
Willow Ptarmigan (Chugach SP)
The inset picture is a Grouse not in winter.  Same eyebrows  :)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker - Photo Howard B. Cheek
This is a small black-and-white woodpecker of the southwestern United States and Mexico that forages and nests in cacti. 

Ladder-backed Woodpecker - Photo Howard B. Cheek

This is a small black-and-white woodpecker of the southwestern United States and Mexico that forages and nests in cacti. 

Mexican Jay from Madera Canyon, Arizona,Aphelocoma wollweberi arizonae.note bill color not entirely black, this is a character of the Arizona race

Mexican Jay from Madera Canyon, Arizona,
Aphelocoma wollweberi arizonae.
note bill color not entirely black, this is a character of the Arizona race