|Crested Caracara-we counted 26 of them!|
The stress. The mad rush to get those last minute birds before that big day arrives.
|Juvenile Crested Caracara|
|Red-breasted Sapsucker-snapped this past week in Madera Canyon|
|A favorite! The Arizona Woodpecker.|
|Sexy sexy Lark Bunting|
|A common color for birds out in the Flats is yellow. Western Meadowlarks(above), Savannah Sparrows, Horned Larks, etc are just some examples. All were in great numbers on this trek.|
|Last week after school I went to capture a shot of the geese near my school. Snow Goose(left) with Greater white-fronted Goose|
|Mountain Plover! We counted 6 of them. A much needed "new" bird for the year. Nothing like waiting until the last minute:)|
December 31st is approaching quickly. Just how many more birds can I find before the year is over? This has been an amazing experience. Part of me just wants to bird like a normal person again. The other part wants to keep going. And the other part worries that I might be obsessed with birds:) A special thank you to Magill Weber for driving and suggesting a trip out to the Santa Cruz Flats. Laurence Butler also joined in on the fun and together we conquered the Flats. (Or so we thought. A group of wise ancient birders covered the same area and found a rare gem to AZ known as a Black-throated Blue Warbler!) I swore I wouldn't go out there again unless I had to! I even tried to get my Mountain Plovers in Colorado but that plan didn't work out. So back to the dirty Flats it was. Even if you bird from the car, you will get dirty! But I will say that the Flats have one of the best raptor shows in Arizona during the winter. Just be prepared to take a shower when you get home:) More next week.....