|Rocky Mountain Toad or Woodhouse's Toad|
It should also be noted that under the dense mesquite forest, his reindeer pooped a lot. However they looked more like cattle than deer, but I digress. I couldn't find a red nose in the bunch. But we did spot a Vermilion Flycatcher!
We continued under rainy skies searching for birds. There were several paths and we followed them down to the river. We were cautious because the river began to rise from the monsoon flooding north of our area.
We found a swing over the river. Not sure if this could hold Santa or not, but it looked like a great way to cool off on this hot and muggy day. I imagined him taking off that shirt jumping into the muddy waters below. It wasn't pretty.
Kathie had thought she had seen a Common Black Hawk up on our ride to the Greer area as we passed Winkelman. We confirmed it once we heard and saw a juvenile Common Black Hawk taking flight. Now that was pretty thrilling! I'm not one for the crazy holiday season but I will have to say that this was probably the best Christmas ever. I also learned that Santa was a miner and cattle rancher in another life:) More coming up......
Today I'm linking with Wild Bird Wednesday.
|Juvenile Common Black Hawk|