One of the things I try to be while I blog is honest. It's important to be truthful about the experience and I gotta tell you all......today was just meh! Oh I'm sure the photos will do, but I try to push myself on every outing....and on every outing, I've always come home happy. But today....on this very hot hot day.....I didn't get anything new. (Written on June 2nd)
To make matters worse, my allergies were terrible. There was a huge fire coming coming in from New Mexico that created this terrible haze. I don't know how I will bird in this heat. I made time for it and could only sqeeze in a couple hours looking for the Lucifer Hummingbird! He eludes me still.
It's not to say that I didn't see a lot of wildlife because I did achieve this objective. But I missed the Blue Grosbeak which would have been a first for me and this blog. Ugh!!! I saw it but wasn't quick enough with my camera!
I think what I need most is a break from the desert heat until monsoon comes. It really isn't nice at all to do. Hats off to the people who get up super early to snap shots of all those amazing birds. I'll do more of it when July hits again. The humidity is of course terrible during that time but there is always hope for much needed rain everyday.
Black Chinned Hummingbird
Maybe it's frustration I want to convey on this post. People always wonder what we desert rats do during the summer and the answer is.....stay indoors during the afternoon like people do during the winter in the colder regions. Evenings are great, but I'm out watering plants. Mornings are great but I'm usually sleeping:)
But you also gotta feel for the birds around the area. Our hummingbird feeders are attacked regularly by the large and heavy woodpeckers. They are very awkward looking as they hang and swing from the feeders. Let me just say that they spill lots!!! Their "tongue" is similiar to that of a hummingbird and therefore love to visit our feeders as well. Today in the canyon it was 98 degrees!!! I had plenty of water but still.....
I wore my hat and hid in the shade as much as I could. There is a lot to see if you can withstand the temps. It reminded me of Panama last summer but with all the humidity involved!!! So much wildlife out and about at all times of the days around the canyon areas. In the desert, you'll find it very very quiet during the afternoon unless you are looking for lizards.
So it's great to go to cooler locals if it's possible. The problem is that some of them are 45 minutes to an hour away. For example, heading up to Mt. Lemmon is ideal, but the trip will take you an 1 and some minutes to rise the 20 some odd miles to the top. Or if you are heading to Carr Canyon, the dirt roads can be difficult to navigate if you have a regular car like I do. Good tires are the key:) More tomorrow...