After a good breakfast I was given a packed lunch and headed for
Elegant Trogons are becoming more and more common in Cave Creek Canyon Arizona. However they still can be tricky to
find. I arrived early and parked near the entrance to South Fork Road. As I walked into the
area I heard the Trogons calling … Oi Oi Oi Oi. I could tell they were near the
far canyon wall, so I headed through the wood to the dry river bed. Immediately
I had three fly past. One landed and I managed the worst possible ‘record’
shot. I didn’t meet anyone else that day that managed to see them.
After that the walk was very enjoyable. I spent several hours walking along the canyon road/trail.
Nearby Silver Creek was poor (probably because of the time of day). At Portal, a lovely small community there is a good store with cold drinks! Also it seems all the residents are birders. This is also known as a good place to see owls (pity I couldn’t make an evening visit). Lots of gardens filled with flowering plants and all sorts of feeders. One with a birders welcome sign.
I did find a Crissal Thrasher on my way back to the guest house which saved me a visit to Dave Jasper’s feeders (
Portal Road) where they come into the
A big breakfast and plenty of coffee set me up for the drive to Willcox. Before checking in I located the Twin Lakes Golf Course and
( ). The guide advises driving round
the rim (when dry) and birding from the car. I thought that was a bit lazy so I
covered myself in sun cream and insect repellent and set about walking around
the rim. After 20m I headed back to the car to follow the site guides
instructions. It was 90F, teeming with insects and the eat haze over he pool meant
the scope was useless. It was however a terrific spot and I actually visited this
pool three times and found different birds each trip. Willcox Lake
Phalaropes, Ducks, Ibis, More Waders and lots of Horned Larks were around this
small pool. The heat haze made them impossible to photograph.
Golf Course Pools