At Empire Ranch, Kathie and I found a gate. A rusty brown gate. It called our names. And we entered searching for birds.
While doing so, we faced massive amounts of insects on the trail. If you're not careful where you step, you may find yourself badly damaged after thousands of fire ant bites. So we avoided these patches while exploring the area.
Leopard Frog Protection House
In fact, this trail was really all about the insects. The deafening sounds of the Cicada actually hurt our ears and blocked out any bird sounds. But holy cow were the butterflies active in this field of wildflowers!
Common Checkered Skipper
I never tire of the Queen butterfly below and I apologize for constantly taking pics of them. But I've added a butterfly "lifer" and new addition to Las Aventuras above. This summer I captured the Checkered White Butterfly on camera. Now we can also see the Common Checkered Skipper!
So this monster Cicada flew into view. All I can tell you is that these insects were sooooo LOUD!!!
And as for the birds? Well we saw the Say's Phoebe. But Kathie knew a better spot to find birds and would we find some incredible things! Stay tuned more from our adventures in the grasslands near Sonoita.