An early visit to Cochise lake and a few new birds were found. The Meadowlarks here are a little different. I have seen reference to Lilian’s Meadowlark not sure whether this just an alternate name for Eastern or a separate race.
The main area of interest today was a trip to the
. I spent many hours
walking through Chiricahua National Monument and was pleased to
be picking up new birds. I think some of tem had been spotted before but I was
only now confident at Identifying them. Pinery
Black-throated Grey Warbler
The road to the National Monument was quiet because they were improving the road and delays of up to 15 minutes were normal. That said, once through, the roads were clear and almost empty. The views were spectacular and a few interesting birds made the wait worthwhile.
Washed the hire car and left it in the shade to dry.
My late lunch/early dinner at ‘The Dining Car’ was huge, even I couldn’t eat it all!
Don’t worry … nearly done!
I set off from Willcox with the aim of reaching
very early. I picked up breakfast en route and followed the instructions in the
Birder’s Guide. Here my two target birds were Olive and Red-faced Warblers. I
was surprised I hadn’t seen them at other sites. The Site Guide suggested two
pull-outs and I had photographs of both birds before 7:30am. Result! Mount Lemmon
Olive Warbler belong to a monotypic family.
So I then wandered from place to place. I found a nice spot by a visitor centre. Bluebirds, Hummingbirds and Wrens.
Mount Lemmon Road
On my route to the Motel I noticed a ‘Birding’ road sign and followed it to
This little oasis was a real treat. It was now very hot (97F) and the water,
shade and birds helped me fill the afternoon hours. Agua
Last stop before the motel was
a lazy stroll in the heat produce a few nice birds but it was very difficult to
walk far. If I had arrived earlier I would have used the ‘shuttle bus’. You can
hop on and off all over the Canyon and make the most of this large ‘park’. Sabino Canyon
Managed to get a cluster of smaller spikes in my knee ... still irritating today.
Pssst ... have you seen ...
Very nice food!
Wren on Cactus
Must be a Cactus Wren!
My last full day of birding. Thank Goodness … I hear you cheering.
My only mistake of the trip. I visited the
. Don’t do it …it’s
horrible. It is no more than a cheap zoo with vey ‘unhappy’ animals. The
planting is good and with some water drips and feeders there would be no need
for the cages. Sonoran Desert
So I left and headed for Sweetwater Water Treatment centre. What a fabulous place. I spent nearly three hours at this small complex. My highlight of the trip was also here. It was a Roadrunner with a lizard. I was desperate to get a picture and quickly got a shot. I expected the bird to then disappear at speed … no … it casually walked towards me. It walked within a metre of me, looking up as it went past. I managed a few more photos and was feeling quit smug if not a little confused as to why it didn’t run away. He all of a sudden out of the bush came a young Roadrunner, the lizard was given to the youngster, swallowed and both birds disappeared in a flash. That’s what makes birding special!
THAT'S ALL FOLKS
A Birder’s Guide to
Arizona by Richard Cachor Taylor (2005 edition)
Finding Birds in
(revised 8th Edition) Tucson Audubon Society
Field Guide to the Birds of
North America by David Sibley
DeLorme Atlas & Gazeteer…
car with SATNAV)