|Caña Hueca Park|
|juvenile Social Flycatchers|
The park itself is lovely for people who love to run. They had this soft padding throughout the area and I have to admit that I didn't mind walking on it:)
Along the way, we found our parrots in large numbers around the park feeding on the various fruit trees.
There were several times when a large seed or fruit almost knocked me out! White-fronted Parrots hid everywhere in the foliage. Sometimes they could be seen out in the open. AND they were ALWAYS heard:)
|Looks just like the leaves|
|Green Salsa Chilaquiles|
But then something perked me up. A cow. The cow is a symbol of my Wisconsin roots. It reminded me of where I grew up. The coffee was Mexican and I remembered why I pursued Spanish as my passion. When I mixed the two together, I remembered why I chose Tucson as my home. I will be back Mexico. I have missed you.
On our flight into Mexico City, we flew over the volcano known as Popocateptl near the beautiful colonial city of Puebla. I suffered from a bit of nostalgia. I hiked those mountains. I lived there. I became "me" there. While I saw many birds on this wonderful trip, I couldn't help but think of all of my human experiences in this country. While the guided tours were awesome (as were the people), I won't do them again. Part of the reason I love to bird abroad so much is that I get to know the local people in the area. And that comes from my Spanish training. It enriches the whole experience. Plus when I find a bird, I earn it. No one found it but ME. And that's a life bird earned in my book. I know there will be times when I need to call on someone for help. The Nava's Wren is a perfect example of THE bird I could not find on my own. This trip was amazing and it better defined who I am as a birder. For that I am grateful. And to people like Laurie Foss and Michael Retter(and everyone else!) who put this trip together, THANK YOU! It was flawless. You guys did a great job!
|A Giant Swallowtail greets me on my return home to Tucson. This butterfly was laying eggs on my citrus plants in our garden. We all live in an amazing world!|