Monday, April 28, 2014

Photospot: Rosy-faced Lovebird in Phoenix

Had a few spare hours in Phoenix this weekend so decided to see if I could track down some Rosy-faced Lovebirds now that they've officially been added to the ABA list.  The population is apparently doing very well with over 2,500 birds in the Phoenix area.  They were also supposed to be relatively easy to see and the on-line directions sent me to Encanto Park, a landscaped little green space with picnic tables, fishing lakes, and lots of people.  Nevertheless the birds were very cooperative and I heard some within 10 minutes of getting to the park.  Spend a half hour watching them fly around, squabble with starlings, and perch in a variety of different types of trees.  A pleasant way to spend a half an hour and nice addition to my ABA list.

Rosy-faced Lovebird (3 shots)
The Lovebirds seemed to be returning to the same palm regularly and chasing
European Starlings around - competition for nest cavities?

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