Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Off to Phoenix!

My family flew to Phoenix over Easter break. My in-laws have a winter home there and they kindly invited the four of us to stay with them. First off, I have to say that my in-laws are the most generous and gracious people that a daughter-in-laws could ask for. They made their home ours. We had planned day trips and activities every day and they had supper waiting for us every evening! The weather was gorgeous- highs in the low 90s and night time lows around 60 degrees. I had never been in a desert climate before and was amazed at how comfortable the heat was without the high humidity that I'm used to with Minnesota summers.

One of my first birds of the trip was this killdeer panting over her eggs in a sandy lot.

These great-tailed grackles were everywhere. We could always find them gathered around the landscaped fountains and waterfalls. I heard an astounding array of sounds coming from these comical birds. They seem to be first class mimics. It seems the locals don't like them- they're loud and there are lots of them, but I enjoyed watching and listening to them chatter, squeal and squawk.

Every pond had coots- as common as Canada geese on a golf course in Minnesota. I had never seen them on the ground before, waddling and bobbing their heads like they do in the water.
I had a few life birds in Arizona. (great-tailed grackle was the first!) I'll share the rest over the next few days.
By the way- we left Phoenix Easter Sunday night, 84 degrees and a soft breeze and came home to Minnesota 3 hours later to 20 degrees with a wind-chill factor of ZERO!!!
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Jayne said...

So glad to hear you all had such a relaxing, restorative time Lynne. How special to have a place like that to retreat to with your entire family.

Cathy said...

My tail feathers are being dusted with snow this morning. I truly feel your pain. It's hard to imagine that killdeer contending with too much sunshine.

But you've got your sunny memories and great photos to keep your and our spirits buoyed until the 'real deal' comes to our neighborhoods.

I LOVED the cloud photo. When I'm not quacking (this is too funny! - I meant 'quaking', but I'm leaving this typo stand:0) in terror during a turbulent ride - I really trip out on being above and among the beautiful clouds.

Mary said...

Well, welcome home, Lynne! Bring out the hats and mittens.

I'm glad you have a wonderful time and enjoyed a nice change in the climate! Good birds, too. I'd love to see more!

mon@rch said...

Welcome back and looks like you had a wonderful trip! Love all the bird pictures!

LauraO said...

Nice pictures! I've never been west of Ohio - everyone tells me I'd love Arizona. Got to check out that 'dry heat' one of these days...

Lynne said...

Jayne- We ARE lucky to be able to move in on Art's folks that way.

Cathy- We've gotten 4+ inches of snow today with more on the way! But it won't last...

Mary- It's nice to be back and there are more birds on the way!!

Mon@rch- The trip was wonderful and I have MORE birds!!

LauraO- I'd heard about the "dry heat" (eyes rolling) but you know what? The dry heat is really comfortable! I loved it and I'm not a hot weather person.

Larry said...

Nice weather,nice birds-glad you enjoyed yourself and thanks for taking photos.

LauraHinNJ said...

That's what's nice about snow in april - it doesn't last!

Glad you're back and with lots of stories to tell. Love the killdeer pic - poor hot bird!

Sandy said...

Sounds like a great vacation! Good photos, too. I sure didn't know that killdeer were in Arizona. Never saw one until I moved to Maine.

HellZiggy said...

Looks like a good time! My father-in-law has a place in Suprise but we haven't been down for about 5 or 6 years now.
So if you were in AZ, you probably didn't get to do the Woodcocks w/Birdchick either then, did you? I procrastinated too long on signing up and it was sold out. I just put a picture of the Great Horned we saw last Friday up in my LJ, and I saw its baby today!

~other Sharon