One of my favorite hummingbirds that can be seen in the US. These guys are very abundant in the Madera Canyon area of Arizona during the summer.
Black-tailed Gnatcatchers are usually in the desert, including the Mojave and areas such as Joshua Tree National Park, but this individual I found in the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest, definitely on the edge of its normal range.
Here's a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, one of fun little the desert birds we have around here. I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas season, and as we start thinking about our resolutions for 2018, let us not forget the plan God has for us. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11
Happy Sabbath! This is an appropriately named Rock Wren, which is most often found amongst rocks. Who is your rock? King David wrote: "Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress." - Psalm 71:3
Kingbirds are surprisingly difficult to shoot. They don't come to feeders, and they're unpredictable, which is why I was pleased to have finally captured a decent image of one. This is a Cassin's Kingbird. "Do not curse the king, even in your thought; do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; for a bird of the air may carry your voice, and a bird in flight may tell the matter." - Ecclesiastes 10:20
No, it's not a bird, it's a baby deer! "Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert." - Isaiah 35:6