Baby bird season took over the Sanctuary. I watched over 1,000 birds come in and out of Fallen Feathers from March to July. The baby Great Horned owls that took over the aviaries next to mine are now fully feathered Juvenile Great Horned owls ready to be released and explore the world of their own.
Experienced volunteers are busy training new volunteers and saying goodbye to volunteers going off to college. Needless to say it’s been a busy couple of months. And it’s hot. People in Arizona only stay outside as long as they have to.
Yesterday, I was privileged to attend the Bye Bye Buzzard event at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. It’s an annual event that the park has been doing for 20 years. This is the second time we have participated.
The buzzards were everywhere lined on the cliffs. There was a group of people watching the buzzards and learning about vultures when we arrived. Everyone was happy to see me up close. I don’t go to as many events as the other birds, but when I do, it’s special. Today was MY day.
Red (Red Tailed Hawk), Nod (American Kestrel), Digger (Burrowing Owl) and Raven also attended. They enjoyed being out and hanging out in the beautiful trees. Well, not Digger, he still prefers his basket.
Thank you, Paul for inviting us and celebrating the buzzard. Thank you to the staff and all the fellow birders for making us feel welcome. We hope to be back for Welcome Back Buzzards next year.
Voldemort, the Turkey Vulture
As an avid bird watcher and nature lover, being outside brings such peace and relaxation and with so much to be thankful for. It’s an added blessing in my life. Several times a week you will find me visiting Rio Vista Park at Thunderbird and 101. The walking paths are asphalt and there is plenty of wildlife to see.
Some of my most treasured sightings, besides the coyotes and butterflies, are the great horned owl, roadrunner, green heron, egret, a pair of ravens nesting under the bridge, hawks, ducks, kestrels and the beautiful finches. I have also encountered the woodpecker and the occasional rare bird flying through such as a Cardinal.
I am also, avid heart rock collector; I have built quite the collection. In the spring time, the wildflowers are at their most gorgeous and fragrances lull the senses into a peaceful relaxed state of extreme calmness. Each time I venture out there, I am never without a sighting and often I get surprised by who shows up! So being outside in nature, and being serenaded by the songs of birds, is a total stress reliever and a reminder of how beautiful life truly is.
You won’t be disappointed if you choose to visit Rio Vista. Your senses will be delighted and I guarantee a big smile on your face and a full heart!
Pam, Volunteer at Fallen Feathers
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