One Saturday, I headed down to Madera Canyon in search of the Elf Owls reported near the Santa Rita lodge. I didn't find the owls, but I did see lots of wild bird action going on.....and what was everyone looking at?
Could it be the birdseed on the ground?
A dragon eating a noisy dog or child in the woods?
Or were the birds staring at the people staring at them?
The moon over the canyon was perhaps the best sign of something special happening.
But this Acorn Woodpecker could care less. He was on the feeder getting his fill.
This Black Headed Grosbeak could care less as well.
Western Bluebird Lazuli Bunting(thank you Laurence !) So I did see one afterall:)
Well it turns out several of the male Wild Turkeys(or Toms) were putting on a show for the females and everyone was getting a fantastic show. That's what I love about the shoots.....you never know what is going to happen. So I didn't get the Elf Owls, but I did get some fancy turkey moves:)
By the way, the best part about all of this was that you could sit and bird at the Santa Rita Lodge. I've never really seen this before but the lodge has an amazing area for birders to enjoy Madera Canyon's gems.....However, it's all about the exercise as well. So I parked my car on the bottom on the canyon and walked up the hill. I don't mind sitting and birding but there has to be some work out involved....otherwise it's what I call cheating:)