We had an adventure planned to the North Rim this past weekend. It was to find as many nesting birds as we could. And we did. We discovered so many nesting Williamson's Sapsuckers, Western Bluebirds, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Brewer's Blackbirds!
|Nesting Brewer's Blackbird|
We set up our base inside an unknown and remote area. No bathrooms or hotels. Just our tents and coolers. And it was magical.
The rough camping isn't for everyone, but I thought it was a lot of fun. I haven't done this kind of thing since college! Plus I got to camp with my birding buddy Gordon.
So we searched for the elusive Dusky Grouse, Three-toed Woodpecker, and Flammulated and Northern Saw-whet Owls.
Two large vehicles of people drove through the dirt roads while sitting outside their windows and in the back of trucks filming everything around them....including the birders:) It was fascinating! They wore handmade outfits and unique hairstyles that I haven't seen in about two decades. Anyway, there were a lot of happy faces in the group waving at us.
What lies beyond the horizon? On the following day, our incredible group of birders continued surveying the area along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We had plenty of laughs in our exhausted bodies. The Flammulated and Northern Saw-whet Owls kept me awake!
In my zombie state, I pulled out my recorder to capture the Flammulated owl's soft calls. It was a lifer for me.
|Having a couple laughs with Magill and Gordon|
I'd like to thank Eric Hough for organizing this trip through AZFO. It was a real pleasure helping out. For more birds from around our world, check out Wild Bird Wednesday.
And the adventure continues next week from another part of the world......