Hello everyone! Today we visit the lovely Heber-Overgaard area along the beautiful Mogollon Rim. Over the past week, I've gone on several treks with Gordon to do a dry run before our big Mexico trip! As of this write, we are both very excited about discovering new birds again. When we come back, I'm sure we'll have lots of stories to share.
|Canyon Creek Road|
|Wildflowers, top to bottom and left to right|
Wild Sunflower, Bristly Pricklypoppy, Indian Paintbrush
Wild Rose, Purple-fringe, Heartleaf Arnica
|Wood's Canyon Lake-best place to bird even with a billion vacationers|
|Western terrestrial garter snake|
I'm sure many of you were asking by this point in the blog where the photos of my birds were:) Don't worry, I've got one for you. At Wood's Lake, we discovered lots of recently fledged Steller's Jays hanging out around a pine tree. The adults were feeding them while they were getting a sip from the puddles in the rocks.
Anyhow, my focus was a bit scattered on this trip. Therefore the pics were a little "off". The heat was still intense at the higher levels on this weekend and made for an impatient me. At the time of this write, June 30th, a woman was killed by a lightning strike along the Rim. If you do visit during our monsoon season, whether you're local or visiting, please make sure you're safe. If you see lightning or major dark cloud build up in Arizona, get inside a secure building. Our storms here are NO joke.
|A happy Gordon along the Rim and a random butt shot behind:) It's a popular place!|
On a chase to find a rare male Painted Bunting, a young talented birder by the name of Walker found something very sacred at the Tres Ríos Wetlands near Phoenix. Here is a rare look at a Lesser Nighthawk nest. Can you see the two eggs?
Okay. Let's move closer. These birds are notorious for blending in with their backgrounds. So anyone who is daring enough to explore the desert in summer, keep your eyes open while you're walking. At first glance, the desert looks like it is a lifeless region but I assure you that it's full of incredible things. Just remember. Go early and drink PLENTY of water! Also have a cell phone on your being. Watch out for snakes in the shade and if you see lightning, find cover!
As for the bird responsible for these two eggs? Here's a pic below from a trek I took a couple years ago to the Salton Sea. I found a couple of these birds camouflaged on a mesquite tree limb. Anyhow, they are VERY cool birds!
Las Aventuras takes a turn for the tropical as we head down to Southern Mexico to find our world's 10,000 birds. Join us as we explore Chiapas, Mexico for Chapter Two of the "Americano" Saga. Until next time friends.......