Western Kingbird In Sonoita

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I took this picture of a Western Kingbird a couple of weekends ago while driving through Sonoita.   Kingbirds are flycatchers.  They summer in great numbers in the Tucson area.

Although Sonoita is only about 30 miles from Tucson its terrain and habitat are quite different from Tucson’s desert.  Sonoita is about 1000 feet higher in elevation than is Tucson.  It’s a bit cooler there in summer, colder in winter, and wetter overall.  Grasslands are the predominate habitat in and around Sonoita.

I’m thinking a lot about Sonoita today.  At this moment the area, including the spot where I took this image, is menaced by an expanding and rapidly advancing fire.  As of yesterday it had burned 7,500 acres.  As of today the burned acreage is up to 20,000.  Winds keep pushing the fire east, threatening Sonoita’s grasslands, several homes and ranches,  and the communities beyond the Sonoita area.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that this thing gets contained soon.

Image made with a Canon 5Div, 100-400mm ISII zoom lens+1.4x telextender, aperture priority setting,  ISO 640, f10 @ 1/800

2 responses to “Western Kingbird In Sonoita”

  1. Tom Munson says :

    Nice shot, Steve. I found I also found one yesterday.

  2. Liesl Kii says :

    Sorry to hear about the fire and hope this Western Kingbird will be okay – glad you got his picture.

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