The hikes have been grueling lately. With desert heat and rarities popping up left and right, it has made the birding a true challenge. Which bird should I chase first? Many of the birds are in difficult or remote locations!
|Black-throated Gray Warbler|
|Gordon spots an Hepatic Tanager. In the distance, a wildfire burns near Young, Arizona.|
The heat was an astounding 117 degrees in the desert!! I use this reliable kitty weather forecast for help. So we had to climb the mountains for some reprieve. But not by much. It still was pretty hot up there!
It's amazing how birds can even survive these extreme temps!
We find plenty of wildlife resting in the shaded areas. We also take advantage of these areas along the road staying out of the intense sun. As we do, we spot several deer casually crossing the road ahead of us.
It is also completely acceptable to sit at public bird feeders and search for rarities:) Especially after the 10 AM time period.
|American White Pelican from the Utah area(note green tag)|
And then an owl calls. It's like a dream come true. WHOA! And the crowd goes wild!
|In the shadows, lurks a Northern Pygmy Owl|
|It's hard to get up when you have such cute cats around you purring nearby.|
Until then, I'm going to do as this male Anna's Hummingbird is doing.....hanging out in the shade! Birds will often "pant" to exhale the hot temps in the body through evaporation of moisture along their mouth, throat and lungs. In other words, they stay cool.
|A HOT male Anna's Hummingbird hanging out in the shade on a 117 degree day!|
Stay tuned for our next adventure. Gordon will be joining me on an epic journey into one of the most beautiful states of the US.....Wisconsin. So get your bug spray on and pull out those cheesehead hats! Until next time!