Kissing Cousins?

by Chuck Staruch June. 04, 2021 305 views

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 Northern Cardinal

The Northern Cardinal

Female Northern Cardinal

Female Northern Cardinal

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.

Male Pyrrhuloxia

Male Pyrrhuloxia

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.

Watching the Sunset

Watching the Sunset

My photo art renditions ..

"Come and Get It"

"Come and Get It"

"Nature Admiring Nature"

"Nature Admiring Nature"

"A Mouthful"

"A Mouthful"

Here are seven places to glimpse sightings of bird species of all types, from tiny hummingbirds to giant condors when visiting Arizona.

Learn more about the Pyrrhuloxia and the Northern Cardinal

And the Arizona Cardinals

(Had to do that)

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Tsao T-F 3 months, 2 weeks ago

When I read Camellia's article about cardinals yesterday, I confirmed that they only live in North and South America, not ours. You are lucky to have the opportunity to see them, right near you.bird
Thank you for sharing the photos of the two birds and adding appropriate descriptions. The post-processed pictures are also great. I love them!smile
https://www.photoblog.com/camellia/2021/06/02/mr-and-mrs-cardi/

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Chuck Staruch Replied to Tsao T-F 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Tsao,

That is what I love about this community, I learn and see things from other photographers from around the world that I would never see or hear about otherwise.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Chuck Staruch 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Me too!smile

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Prissha S 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow, fantastic shots! They capture everything about the bird so well!

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Chuck Staruch Replied to Prissha S 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much Prissha!

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John Durham 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Great series Chuck!

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Chuck Staruch Replied to John Durham 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much John!

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Benny Law 3 months, 2 weeks ago

These are fantastic images, Chuck! Arizona is becoming more attractive to me.

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Chuck Staruch Replied to Benny Law 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Benny,

Arizona is a very unique state with such stark differences depending in what part of Arizona you are in. With summer approaching, the north is what attracts the tourists and those of us who live in the desert areas will tell you that is the place to be for sure.
A great weekend getaway up north is what a lot of us do in the summer just to cool off a bit! grinning Or build a pool in the backyard!!

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Jay Boggess 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Fantastic images, both photo & photo art renditions! Fascinating & informative post! Nice work!+1 grinning +1
ps.thanks for "liking" my latest sunrise image, as well!

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Chuck Staruch Replied to Jay Boggess 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Your welcome Jay!!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Chuck Staruch 3 months, 2 weeks ago

+1 smile+1

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