The world of birds is amazing to me because of the many variations of species one can find all around the world.
My world is a small one here in south east Arizona, but I am blessed to live in one of the best birding areas in the country.
My backyard is literally a stones throw to many of the top bird watching sights recommended for tourists visiting this beautiful state.
As a kid growing up just outside New York City, my attention was not on birds, but I remember seeing some of the more popular birds common to the area.
Robins, Blue Jays, Cardinals and of course how can I forget the Pigeons.
Some of the most beautiful birds have migrated for the summer here in the San Pedro River area and I do think the word is out in the bird community as were to get some of the best food around.
Today I want to share photos of two very similar bird species ..
Kissing Cousins of the bird world
The Cardinal and the Pyrrhuloxia
The above photos are of a male and female Northern Cardinal that visited my yard for a season.
They are rare to see this far west but they do inhabit the area and never realized it before until recently but the Northern Cardinal does not migrate.
The Pyrrhuloxia are very common to the area and it is one of the first signs spring is returning when you can hear the melody of their song.
To my ear at times it sounds like they are saying (pretty pretty pretty) when they are courting for a mate.
My photo art renditions ..
Here are seven places to glimpse sightings of bird species of all types, from tiny hummingbirds to giant condors when visiting Arizona.
And the Arizona Cardinals
(Had to do that)