|The rare Flame-colored Tanager|
Luckily, much of our "tah-dahs!" in Arizona revolve around outdoor activities. So when visitors come, I carefully schedule beautiful hikes and visits to some of our most incredible places. Take for example Ramsey Canyon(above). A Flame-colored Tanager was hanging out there, and what a coincidence! So were we:)
While the kids were having fun, I was also monitoring our nesting Great Horned Owls.
|Great Horned Owlet|
Meanwhile, the students finished up their guac and began tasting each other's work. While we were sitting down at the picnic tables, I had them move back a little from an area I was staging. Then I taught them how to "bird whisper" with a few crunchy tortilla strips. "Profe, there are no birds here!" I responded, "They are all around us watching." A few moments of silence and some crunchy tortilla bits did the trick. A massive flock of sparrows, doves and other birds flew onto the scene. "No way!!!" Maybe I'll get one of them addicted to this birding passion besides learning Spanish:) Or better yet, they become a Spanish speaking Ornithologist! I can dream, can't I?
My Dad would visit. And as a transition between work and his visit, I would bird for 20 or 30 minutes quietly each day. I am overwhelmed by people's conversations non-stop all day. So it's important that I shut down away from people for just a few hours each day. Birding allows me this opportunity. I observed Common Poorwills and Lesser Nighthawks feeding at sunset.
|Black-crowned Night Heron|
|Anne proudly stands next to her hubby Chris. They both are artists who live in Oracle and the sculpture behind them is his work! The Oracle Sailcart|
Now it's off to explore again. It's time to find more life birds. An epic journey is about to take place. After finals are over, it'll be time to fly again!
Until next time friends......