|Glassy reflections at the San Rafael Grasslands|
"All this has happened before and it will happen again." Each year I retrace my steps, but I am certainly coming to the end of it all. There is only "out there" now, beyond Arizona.
I've finished up most of my work in Arizona and there are just a few places I need to survey again for my final birds. The Black Rail, the American Three-toed Woodpecker and Dusky Grouse. I need a photo of the Flammulated Owl, but I can do that elsewhere. Arizona, it has been fun, but it is time to focus on the world at large. Now my work will take me into the various locales around the Americas. Or I will be helping out with various projects around the state.
|The beautiful San Rafael Grasslands|
When with non-birders, it's fun to make finding birds a game. And it was fun watching Marla stumble upon a rafter of turkeys. After I heard her gasp, I knew she spotted something nice. They were our first of the year Wild Turkeys! After counting each and every one of them twice, we came to the conclusion that there were 28 of them!
|Wild Turkeys in Patagonia|
|Canyon Towhee in Patagonia|
|Peter Fletcher climbs the ladder to clean out the debris with gloves. We put in a new blanket so that Mom can stay cozy on her nest.|
|Last years brood:)|
In the meantime, I'll continue working in the bird world. I'm thinking about doing another "Birds in Blooms" series while I'm waiting for the next big trek. I'll be out in the grasslands again doing more surveys for my own records and helping out Tucson Audubon with Longspur and Sparrow studies. My favorites!