I almost hate to admit it, but I'm going to make this confession today. I love the competition that comes with birding. Now granted, I don't really like playing board games or any of that stuff, but I do enjoy a nice game of cat and mouse. Or playing detective.
|The infamous Mexican Spotted Owls from Miller Canyon|
I wish I could dedicate my full attention to the birding world, but I simply can't. Nor can several other birders I highly respect via the internet. So we have to plan with the time we are given. On this day, I introduced Kathie to the Huachuca mountains. These are the mountains I know best because of my constant study of hummingbirds last summer. I know where the birds are and I know the people involved around the various canyons. Here's where the fun game begins. A fellow blogger, by the name of Mr. Butler, and another birder with a DJ name, had gone out and snagged the Elegant Trogon. I dipped so badly on this bird that it hurt. Of course, they dipped on the Mexican Spotted Owl. Their links are below. These are specialty birds that are difficult to find. To stay within the top 10 birders of Arizona, I had to find these birds! I had gone to Patagonia to find the Elegant Trogon but missed the bird due to several tourists clinging onto my every move. It's tourist season here. Note to self. Never answer that question, "What's that little red bird over there?" Answer. Vermilion Flycatcher.
|He's sexy and he knows it.|
Bad bad move on my part. Everyone LOVES this bird. Now Kathie would tell me that I did the right thing and that I was very helpful, but this is a game! But my Wisconsin half(the good side, always takes over:) It was difficult as I had to make choices. Instead of directly heading to Patagonia State Park before the tourists got there, I went to Paton's House. It wasn't bad at all because I found 4 new birds for the year! But the Elegant Trogon is different. It's something special and I REALLY wanted to see it. Mr. Butler and Tommy D found their Trogon and did a happy dance. And it frustrated me to miss a bird spotted by hordes of noisy people beforehand....all because of a choice. It's true what they say about paths:)
|Kathie doing her victory pose for the new lifebird. Note stance is similar to another birder:)|
Butler's Birds-Birds around the Phoenix area, state of Arizona, and a beyond!
Tommy D's Birding Expeditions-Birds around Maricopa and beyond.
Kathie's Birds-Birds and reflections from around Tucson, the US, and state of Arizona
Their work is an inspiration. If I'm feeling "out of it", all I have to do is read their adventures to get me back in the game. There are several other birders in this state that have blogs as well....so thank you! You all motivate me to get off my lazy butt. I limited my birding to a couple days during the week, a full day on Saturday, and if I get my chores done.....today.......which means getting the yard cleaned up, plants watered, and laundry finished, I can play.
|I'm a conflicted man. Raised with a Mother who loves parrots. I began my education at a younger age.|
|Mom posing for her annual Christmas pic with Azul|
|Rubi, out in the wild with Mary Jo at Ash Canyon. My mother has an African Gray by the name of Tamara. Can you believe that Kathie and I found one in the wild at Casa Grande??!!!!|
I'll be blue for you.