|Blue-throated Hummingbird feeding from Salvia|
|In Paradise, AZ at the George Walker House|
Birders come here to search for Mexican rarities and of course, Mexican Chickadees. But you'll find lots of other things to keep your eyes and legs busy.
Portal is unpredictable. Rain, during the monsoon season, can flood campgrounds and roads quickly. Several times this season, bridges and roads were closed off due to flooding. The wildlife is outstanding. There are snakes, bears, and lots of skunks! This is one place where you'll need to be mindful of your surroundings.
|Remember, in Cave Creek canyon it's off limits to play audio devices. Guest starring: Donna|
For the birders who are reading this post. September is a great time to visit Portal because warblers and hummingbirds are migrating in great numbers. One of the few times we have Calliope Hummingbirds come through Southern Arizona is during the month of September. During our visit, Calliopes were EVERYWHERE! It's also the most reliable place for Blue-throated Hummingbirds.
|Calliope Hummingbirds are rare for Southern Arizona except during their fall migration|
|Swainson's Hawk feeding at San Simon|