Mountain Bluebird We Sighted At Grand Canyon Heliport

Mountain Bluebird We Sighted At Grand Canyon Heliport

mountain bluebird in tree looks to camera, grand canyon heliport, arizona

When Bob and I decided to travel to the Grand Canyon, it was more about seeing the spectacular scenery than anything else, but on our first morning at Grand Canyon National Park, we had an early morning helicopter flight booked at the local heliport.  When we emerged from our rental car to check in, our birding instincts took over when we spotted a Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) perched in one of the trees at the edge of the parking lot. Read more

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Western Tanager Along The North Rim Of The Grand Canyon

Western Tanager Along The North Rim Of The Grand Canyon

western tanager, north rim, grand canyon, arizona

About mid-morning one day, as we traveled along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, Bob and I decided to take a drive over to the North Rim since a couple of highly touted unique features, one being Angel’s Window, are situated on that side of the sprawling gorge.  Our progress took longer than expected because of frequent stops to admire the scenery.  Finally at our destination, we hastened to take in the views, but were brought up short by the unexpected sighting of a Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) at Cape Royal. Read more

Western Bluebird we sighted at Grand Canyon National Park



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Western Bluebird we sighted at Grand Canyon National Park

western bluebird, grand canyon national park, arizona, frame to frame bob and jean

After an hour-long guided hike known as a Fossil Walk at Grand Canyon National Park, Bob and I were returning to Maswik Lodge for lunch by way of the forested area adjacent to Village Loop Drive and the railway track.  A brilliant blue flash of colour had us both looking up into one of the pine trees where sat perched a male Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana).

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Lesser Goldfinch We Sighted At Grand Canyon National Park

Lesser Goldfinch We Sighted At Grand Canyon National Park

lesser goldfinch, male, looks to camera near Bright Angel Lodge, Grand Canyon, Arizona

After yet another early morning wake-up call, Bob and I found ourselves fed and watered by 9 a.m., ready for exploration.  We enjoyed breakfast at El Tovar Hotel on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, then meandered along the South Rim Trail and investigated Grand Canyon Village.  It was there that Bob and I came upon a Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) nestled in amongst the feathery styles of an Apache Plume plant (Fallugia paradoxa). Read more

Tomato Hornworm Moths At Grand Canyon National Park



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Tomato Hornworm Moths At Grand Canyon National Park

Tomato Hornworm Moth in flight to Moonflower - Grand Canyon National Park - Arizona

After a full day of activity at Grand Canyon National Park, Bob and I were returning late to our room at Maswik Lodge when a flicker of movement drew my eye towards the stunning night-blooming Moonflowers.  We were not the only ones attracted by the glowing white flowers.  Numerous Tomato Hornworm Moths (Manduca quinquemaculata), also known as Five-spotted Hawkmoths,  were circling for a landing. Read more

A Western Scrub Jay At Grand Canyon National Park

A Western Scrub Jay At Grand Canyon National Park

western scrub jay - in tree along bright angel trail, grand canyon

Bob and I had been catching glimpses of the Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) since our arrival at Grand Canyon National Park, but it wasn’t until we were on our early morning hike down the Bright Angel Trail that we finally caught sight of a Western Scrub Jay sitting in a tree…stationary enough for us to snap a few quick photos before we continued on our marathon hike. Read more

California Condors At Grand Canyon National Park



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California Condors At Grand Canyon National Park

Condor soars above Grand Canyon

When Bob and I visited Grand Canyon National Park, our primary objective was to revel at the overwhelming and impressive scale of the canyon.  Little did we know that our passion for birdwatching would be so richly rewarded both on the South Rim and deep within the canyon, itself.  On one visit to Hopi Point, we were lucky enough to spot one of the two California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus) known to be nesting in a nearby rock face. Read more

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