I went for an early hike with my husband, Eric and my dog and doggie :) I finally got a good shot of the ever elusive flicker. click the link and take a listen, they have a wonderful jungly sound. Usually all I see is a flash of coppery wings and that white bunny rabbit tail but this was half of a pair, the other was inside the pole. They build their nests in dead wood and saguaro cactus, if you live where those giant cactus are plentiful.
I went up to see if the red tail pair were nesting yet, they were not. They look like jail birds on this electric structure.
We're hoping you get a chance to visit your valleys this weekend. Leaping over a weeks worth of mountain tops can be exhausting.
xo The Darrows