|The endless Arizona Highway|
Today's post title, refers to some of the harder birds that people usually put at the bottom of their life bird list to chase because of their distance, visibility and/or difficulty factor. And who wants to drive 4 hours to just HEAR a bird?!
|Nesting Red-tailed Hawks|
|The remote immense jungle off of Planet Ranch Road|
|Following a wash in this remote riparian area|
Thankfully my compadre, Brian, had a compass and we were able to find the mound of vegetation that we had to crawl through to return to our vehicle. By that time, I had run out of water and needed some shade. Cold water made me forget the nasty mosquito bites I received all over my legs:)
While the Nutting's Flycatcher isn't a popular bird to chase because of its' remote location and difficult ID, it is a bird that many need for their list if they are doing a Big Year(which Brian is doing). ABA listers also need to chase this bird to stay in the competition. While it wasn't a lifer, it was a new state bird for me. These birds are quite common in Mexico. Like the "Western Flycatchers", the Nutting's is a part of a confusing group of birds that look alike or what scientists call "Cryptic Species".
|Left side-Brown-crested Flycatcher(top); Dusky-capped Flycatcher(bottom) Right side-Nutting's Flycatcher(top); Ash-throated Flycatcher(bottom).|
Birding, for me, is not a competition. It's an art. The experience behind the bird is as important as the bird itself. My lifer Nutting's will always be in the tropics of Mexico. I'm just thankful I was with Brian during this trek because I wouldn't have done this alone.
|Another headache for some....the "Western" Flycatchers Top:Cordilleran Flycatcher Bottom: Pacific-Slope Flycatcher|
|Top from Left to Right: Great-crested Flycatcher; Brown-crested Flycatcher Bottom from Left to Right: Ash-throated Flycatcher; Dusky-capped Flycatcher(in Guatemala)|
|Night Falls over the ag fields in Yuma|
|Black Rail from Wikipedia|
"Looks like we made it!" through this post:) To break up the headaches, we were able to see Barry Manilow in concert before he retires! Cell phone pics are pretty great!
|"Looks like we made it!":)|