Pine Grove Campground near Flagstaff
American parakeet or
Janes' bossy little parakeet, 'Tiki'
Turkey Vultures or Cathartes aura
Began roosting about 8:00 pm at the Mesa Verde indian ruins in New Mexico. There were over a dozen in neighboring trees. They have some nasty habits of vomiting on their rotting prey and urinating on themselves to keep cool. Not someone you want to kiss!
American Robin or Turdus migratorius
Island Park, Idaho
Buceros rhinoceros or Rhinoceros Hornbill
Found in Borneo, Sumatra, Java, the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, and southern Thailand.
Bucorvus leadbeateri or Southern gound hornbill
This bird was part of a show at the Phoenix zoo. Grandson Jay, was right up next to the elevated stage and the bird reached out and pecked at his face. The crew was now very worried and made sure that there was not going to be any litigation. Jay was scared but fine. Still has all his ears, nose and eyes. I was scared too but didn't cry (much). This guy makes a living at eating flesh every day. I am sure from now on there will be changes with the Phoenix zoo show.
Balearica regulorum gibbericeps or Grey Crowned Crane
Quiscalus mexicanus or Great-Tailed Grackle Female
Great-tailed Grackles are partial to water and so without the expanses of watered landscapes and agricultural fields these birds would be rare in the Sonoran Desert. One common foraging tactic they use is to catch worms and bugs that are forced out of the soil during irrigation. But these are very adaptable birds that can adjust their tactics to take advantage of human-altered habitat. For example, at dawn every day they gather to feed on grasshoppers and other insects beneath parking area and billboard flood lights. Garbage cans and scraps from outside restaurant areas are another important food source for urban grackles. Dairy cattle feed lots attract hundreds if not thousands of these birds. http://www.arizonensis.org/sonoran/fieldguide/vertibrata/quiscalus_mexicanus.html
Chilean Flamingo or Phoenicopterus chilensis