Warbling VireoIt was this same time that a juvenile Anna's Hummingbird decided to try taking a bath in the stream water and I found it quite remarkable and even did an earlier post on this little dynamo earlier in the week.
Anna's Hummingbird Juvenile
A bit further on down the stream I found several Black-headed Grosbeaks and like the Blue Grosbeak in an earlier post, I enjoy seeing these birds and will almost always try to capture a photo.
Black-headed GrosbeakAnd finally at the point where I decided to turn around and return, I finally got a fairly good look at a Yellow Warbler. I had been hearing them and seeing fleeting glances of them in the upper limbs of many trees, which is quite normal for them, but this one appeared in a shorter tree and gave me just enough time to get my camera up for a couple of shots before he was gone. This is a bird that is fairly common, but like most warblers, they can be very diffcult to photograph. Not a great photo, but knowing their nature, I am not embarassed by the photo either. As one can see, with its outstretched legs, a fraction of a second later and I would have had a photo of twigs and leaves.
Yellow WarblerAs I returned to my car in the parking area, I heard a Yellow-breasted Chat. These birds have a bold and boisterous call in the breeding season. I had heard and seen them at Boyce Thompson Arboretum earlier in the month, but this was the first one of the season that I had found in Maricopa County for the year. Considered our largest warbler, but there is some question as whether or not is should be classified as a warbler at all. Handsome birds never-the-less.
In my meanderings around the Mesquite Wash area I also found a couple of intriguing insects. I think my butterfly friends have helped me identify the butterfly as a Marine Blue and the red insect as a Bloody Net-winged Beetle.
Marine Blue Butterfly
Bloody Net-winged Beetle
As always, Mesquite Wash is an intriguing place and is one of the best birding spots in Maricopa County. Thanks to Tommy D. for posting this on his website and opening up my eyes to this spot.