Today's post is fun and incredibly awesome. There were many lifebirds here for me and during my stay at the Birder's B & B in Portal, AZ I was able to drink coffee, read my book and bird!!! Many people ask if it's worth spending your money on birding places and my answer is "YES!"
|Black-throated Gray Warbler|
While my hikes were productive, much of my finds happened outside of my cabin door! There's nothing better than to have birds surrounding you at all times because you never know who will drop in. These were some special finds......like the Blue-throated Hummingbird.
Of course during the quiet of my reading, a lot of these little birds would fly right up to the running water.
But it was incredible. The Warbler Invasion was awesome. I've heard about this happening in other places but never had I witnessed it in person. Not only did the warblers come in great numbers but so did lots of Sparrows, Bridled Titmouse, Painted Redstart(also considered a warbler), Flycatchers, and hummers! It was like a small bird party.
I sat smiling in the cool temps of Portal drinking wonderful coffee and reading a great book.
They had been reported at Sweetwater in Tucson but I wasn't having any luck finding them. Plus I wasn't even sure I'd know one if I saw it. Then in Portal, I saw the tiny flying skunk in the sky:) And I knew I had found myself a new lifebird.
And while all of this was going on up in the canopy of the trees, I was watching the sidelines. Lots of fun action happening from previous birds I had already seen.....but they're still cool to watch:)
|Ruby Crowned Kinglet|
And here we see some fancy flight work going on. While I was having a conversation with one of the owners, I was taking pictures:) Fascinating stuff here.
This Blue-throat looks like a young one as he was a smaller male compared to the rest.
The difficult part about the warbler invasion came from the huge variety of warblers that were out there. And I know I missed a lot more. But I did witness my last lifebird below. Not only was my stay at the Bed and Breakfast relaxing; it was also rewarding. It truly was a birding oasis and that's what I love about these places. When you're not hiking, you can still relax in a rocking chair with a cup of coffee and watch birds. More tomorrow....