Blue Skies Are Gonna Cheer Up

A female phainopepla perches in a dead tree on the Latigo Trail in McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 6, 2022. Original: _CAM6315.ARW

I wasn’t ready for summer to end but a consolation prize was the arrival of one of my favorite winter residents, phainopepla. This female turned the blue skies a little gray, in a happy way, as these cheery red-eyed flycatchers are frequent companions on hikes and dog walks.

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