|Yellow-eyed Junco collects nesting materials|
Just a couple weeks ago, we lost yet another hiker on a popular trail in Phoenix. The cause? Not enough water to stay hydrated. He passed out and never woke up. These sad stories are always difficult to hear. For us desert rats, they are important reminders to carry lots of water. Of course, no one should be hiking in the deadly afternoon sun for so many reasons. So what's a birder/hiker to do? Go early. Let someone know where you're going. Or go with others. Bring lots of water or a camel pack. Wear a hat and sunscreen.
|El Presidio gets a little TLC|
So I quickly walked and sweat my way in 111 degree temps to find this one bird. It took 15 minutes and then it was back in my car.
|Canada Goose at Columbus Park|
|Hermit Thrush has quite the appetite|
On the quiet trail, I looked down upon the Tucson valley. I could almost feel the heat from where I stood. There was no escaping it. One day later, we headed into the hotter city of Phoenix for Comicon.
|I love art! This is an Effie impersonation utilizing a sweet butterfly design from the Hunger Games movie!|
And I found lots of interesting things that included wildlife into their designs. We had a great time, but I still needed to bird a little. There have been sporadic reports over the years about two Mute Swans hanging out at a cemetery. We escaped the massive crowds and braved the 114 degree temps. People like to say that in our desert, we have a dry heat. Yeaaaaah:) It's still hot and we still sweat....creating humidity:) So we found the swans without any issues, but the bugs were terrible around the grassy areas. That outing lasted 20 minutes.
|My brother Matt(in a Batman outfit he made from scratch!) with Deathstroke and Bane|
|Star Wars action!|
|Richard Dean Anderson from Macgyver and Stargate SG-1|
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