|Common Black Hawk(Mangrove subspecies) on Coiba Island, Panama|
Almost 2 years ago, I walked around an island with 2 friends. I was not a birder at this point but enjoyed taking pictures. We, including 7 other people, were all who lived on this island for several days. I had a sub-par camera and liked snapping shots of monkeys, crocodiles and birds. I didn't know what all the names of the birds were but I liked looking at them.
Now flash ahead to present day. I began looking back on old photos for the above image. Whispers of a Black Hawk Migration began to surface and I wondered, "Had I seen this bird before? And if so, do they really come up through Arizona??!!" I do not celebrate Christmas, Easter or much of any other holiday. But I do celebrate something else.....Migration! And apparently so do hundreds of other people!
|Excited birders move quickly down the road to watch the CBH migration! Don't stand on the bridge or you'll be cited by the Tubac Police. Many of the birders flew the coup and came to the park instead!|
|It's not a log.|
|Common Black Hawk|
Migration isn't just for the birds. The butterflies are also showing up again! The first sign that spring has arrived comes from the Pipevine and Mourning Cloaks! Here's a Mourning Cloak lazily hanging on a branch like a fairy would in a good fantasy novel.
The Common Black Hawk migration will be around for another week or so. The best viewing happened for us at the Ron Morris Park in historic Tubac.
|A Kettle of Turkey Vultures|