Last week I scouted high and low to help a friend search for some of his lifebirds. Sometimes I have feelings about when something epic will happen. And during this past weekend, we tested the word "epic" out. Gordon Karre came down from Phoenix and together we made a powerful team as we found some of the most special birds around Southern Arizona.
|Ornate Tree Lizard|
|Clark's Spiny Lizard|
The unmistakable barking sounds of the Elegant Trogon in a group of trees could be heard nearby!!! Finally, after many attempts, both Gordon and myself could add this bird to our lifelists. It was the most satisfying moment of the weekend. The bird flew into Gordon's line of sight and together we watched the bird alone without hundreds of spectators. After 10 or 15 minutes of observation, the bird quickly disappeared and wasn't seen again on the rest of the trail. I watched it disappear!!! I don't know how they do that!!! A weight was lifted off my shoulders. We found the Trogon! After several minutes, many people were on the trail asking about the Trogon and this time, we could say we saw it and watched as the hopeful birder's shoulders slumped. I felt their pain as it had happened to me so many times before. Never again.
My life is now complete:) I can now relax knowing that the Elf Owl and Elegant Trogon have photo documentation. It also marks my 2nd graduation in the birding world. Last year it was hummingbirds. This year with the Elegant Trogon find, I believe I have reached a new level in birding. It's now time to study the minute differences between Sandpipers, Sparrows, etc. There are so many yet to find. I had a great time birding with Gordon and look forward to many more adventures with him. And as the title to this post suggests, I am finally able to sleep better at night.Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday.