Gambel’s Quail

The Feather Files Name: Gambel's Quail Species: Callipepla gambelii Native to and Migration: Nonmigratory; lives in the hot deserts of the Southwest—the Sonoran, Mohave, and Chihuahuan—below about 5,500 feet elevation. Date Seen: March 2015, April 2019 Location: North of Fountain Hills, Arizona Notes:  These birds walk or run along the ground in groups called coveys … Continue reading Gambel’s Quail

Snowy Egret

The Feather Files Name: Snowy Egret Species: Egretta thula Native to and Migration: Breeding populations in the interior of North America and along the north Atlantic coast migrate. Many western birds winter in Mexico, while many eastern birds migrate to the Gulf Coast or fly across the ocean to the Caribbean islands and South America. … Continue reading Snowy Egret

American White Pelican

The Feather Files Name: American White Pelican Alias: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Native to and Migration: Northern breeding populations (Alberta and Saskatchewan) migrate to southern California, the Gulf States, Mexico, and Central America. Populations breeding in Texas and Mexico are resident. Date Seen: May 2018 Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah Notes: Snowy white with black … Continue reading American White Pelican

Great-tailed Grackle

The Feather Files Name Great-tailed Grackle Species: Quiscalus mexicanus Native to and Migration: Primarily resident throughout a North American range which includes the south-western United States and Mexico. Date Seen: January 2013; February 2016; February 2019 Location: Fountain Hills Area, Arizona Notes: Grackles thrive in human-altered landscapes. They are loud, social birds with a varied … Continue reading Great-tailed Grackle

Hairy Woodpecker

The Feather Files Name: Hairy Woodpecker Species: Dryobates villosus Native to and Migration: Hairy Woodpeckers are mostly year round residents throughout their range from Alaska to Mexico. Birds in higher elevations might move to a lower elevation for the winter. Date Seen: October 2014; September 2016 Location: Blairmore Alberta, Airdrie Alberta Notes: Hairy Woodpeckers chisel … Continue reading Hairy Woodpecker