|The Green-tailed Towhee|
|Milbert's Tortoiseshell Butterfly|
And the part I love most is how spontaneous it all can be! It's like being a kid again.
|Nesting Cordilleran Flycatchers|
Of course, we'd spot many other beautiful things, but there's nothing quite like the company of fun people to enhance the birding experience.
Then Saturday came. Oh Saturday! We drove to the 4 corners area to search for a Black-billed Magpie(below). Why a gorgeous bird like this would hang around the 4 corners area is beyond me! There had been reports of several birds in the area. And they were found in a tree-lined wash. Okay, no problem. So we drove a looooooong way to get there.....and gambled.
|Black-billed Magpie in Colorado Springs, CO|
|Our intrepid crew! Pic courtesy of Tommy D! From left to right...Me, Magill, Gordon and Tommy|
So we reached the area where the Magpies had been reported. The habitat looked right. The coordinates were correct. So we hesitantly left our
|Male Calliope Hummingbird|
As a side note, the 4 Corners area is safe as is most of Teec Nos Pos. But many times, as in our case, we were searching in areas not populated or known by many people. The birds always guide us. Part of the fun in birding is playing the role of detective. Unfortunately, there are places like the one we visited that can be sketchy. Arizona has several of these birding hotspots and its always best to go in a group. More next time....
From Sheep's Crossing in Greer! A great place to go fishing and find an American Dipper:) For more great birds and places to find them, check out Wild Bird Wednesday!