|Babs enjoys a nice scope view of the Rose-throated Becards with a kind birder.|
|Varied Buntings breed in Arizona during the summer months|
With that being said, I often lack the energy to wake up and explore. Why? Well, sunrise here begins around 4:30 AM. And the birds begin their song at that time. So what can a birder do to make their visit to Southern Arizona more comfortable?
Bring a friend/s. They help motivate. For myself, I groan at the 4:30 AM wake up call but I am always excited about the incredible discoveries we made afterwards in the field. Also, if there is an injury on one of our rugged trails, you'll have someone who can get help. I cannot tell you how many times people will get heatstroke or nearly pass out after their first day out. They overextend their birding excitement and wear out quickly. This brings me to......
|Canyon Tree Frog|
|Coue's Whitetail Deer|
|Lophocampa mixta, Tiger Moth. Thanks Margarethe for the ID|
BUT if you are in your car, you can also bird. How? Well check this out. Birding from your vehicle is a real thing. My Wisconsin peeps often bird during the cold winter months from their warm vehicles. It's no different here. Places like Saguaro National Park(East Rincon Unit) offer a 9 mile loop where you can drive and park at your leisure for birds and critters. For lunch, you can stop at the Javelina Picnic area under the shaded ramadas. Birds, like the Canyon Towhee, Gilded Flicker or Black-throated Sparrows, will casually hang out and watch you relax and chow down.
|Western Screech Owl|
|Giant Mesquite Bug|
For the Rose-throated Becards, click here.
For the Flame-colored Tanager and Ramsey Canyon, click here.
For the Rufous-capped Warblers in Florida Canyon, click here. This is the trail you need to explore early and with a friend. It can be moderate to difficult due to the trail above the dam area. The trail is steep with loose rock in some areas. A walking stick is advised as is a water pack. So why go? It's one of the birdiest. Just be careful around the dam area.
For the easy Varied Bunting add at the Santa Rita Lodge, click here.
For the Blue Grosbeak excitement, click here.