The borderlands of the US are some of the wildest and most remote areas of the American Southwest. It's often best to go with water, friends and a good vehicle for these treks.
|Can you see where the border is? Hint: the left side is Mexico and the right is the US. The dry creek bed is basically the dividing line.|
As we walked along the springs of Warsaw Canyon, we found wonderful birds like the Elegant Trogon, Five-striped Sparrow and Black-capped Gnatcatcher. The roads along the border were rocky and steep, but somehow we managed to get to our very isolated locations.
|Female Montezuma Quail pretending to be a rock. It took me 5 minutes to locate her! That's how "invisible" they can be!|
As we chased a Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, we found a water depot for people crossing this very isolated stretch of desert. A church organization from Tucson supplies water and food in this hidden location. These "watering holes" have been controversial as this church has been in the news several times for its humanitarian work along the border. I have no opinion on the matter, but I do hate the trash left behind in the nearby wash!
As Dave drove his all terrain vehicle up the sharp and rocky "roads", I laughed. I think it's something I do when I'm nervous. But it was kinda fun:) We were going up some steep inclines! Luckily none of us had to use the bathroom!