|Brian searches for the distant Common Crane|
|A little help with a scope.|
|West Fork Campground at Oak Creek Canyon/Haddie, the dog, takes Magill for a walk|
In fact, this week has been an amazing one in that the weather has been COLD! We had rain and overcast skies allowing us to enjoy our birding treks. It has been unbearably hot this winter with one May day reaching 106 degrees! Way too early for those temps.
|Jon heads near an area searching for rarities|
During the week, I noticed something happening everywhere. Warbler fallout. It was a visible sign that a storm was soon arriving to our state. And it was moving from the Gulf of Mexico! So we kept our eyes out for Eastern rarities and migrants......
|The brilliant colors of a Brewer's Blackbird in full sun|
|Juvenile Black-tailed Gnatcatcher|
It's easy to fall in love with the little fledglings as they learn how to become adult birds. BUT, I have to be aware of the dangers around me.
I nearly messed myself when I saw this rattlesnake. I like reptiles but snakes make my skin crawl. Why was this snake hiding?
It was eyeing up these young Round-tailed Ground Squirrels nearby. Meanwhile, the warblers began to grab my attention. They were EVERYWHERE! Every bush and every tree were full of them. Normally they are difficult to spot but not this week!
He stayed for several days and made several birders very happy.
After observing this bird for quite awhile, I packed up my gear and felt really happy. In fact I glowed for the next several days afterwards. It's almost impossible to get two new state birds in one weekend anymore. So it was a very satisfying weekend:)
Life is amazing. And it's only getting better. Until next time.....