|Dean scouts the area for animal tracks|
|Northern Cardinal-will this be a new species on the ABA list? We'll find out this year.|
Each time I visit, there is something different hanging out around the ranch house. My bird tally was great with over 70 different species being seen. There were high sparrow numbers. Northern Cardinals were active and calling. Rufous and Violet-crowned Hummingbirds stopped at our feeders. For evening birds, several highlights included the Buff-collared Nightjar, Common Poorwill, Western Screech-Owl, Elf Owl and Great Horned Owls.
|Our friend, the Burro, follows us along the trail|
|From on top of the hill. It shows the vast country of the ranch. The sparkling green Riparian stands out as the Cocospera rivers bends and turns through the area.|
|Jim explains the importance of this riparian corridor to several of the newcomers.|
|Once considered extinct, the Rufous-winged Sparrows have rebounded once more into existence. They were found in great numbers singing on branches throughout the ranch.|
But the surprising bird for me? The Wilson's Snipe! There is a "ciénagas" (pronounced see-en-eh-gos) or marshy area that is perfect habitat for these birds. However, they are tricky:) Look at the pic below. I chose the best one from my camera to make it easier. There is a snipe within those grasses. Can you find the bird?
Even trickier? Trying to get a photo of these camera shy birds! If I got out of the truck, they'd fly. So we had to do our survey from the vehicle:)
Back in Arizona, it is estimated that less than 10 percent of our original riparian areas remain in their natural form.
|Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis)|
|Kathy looking for those Coati tracks.|