|A very bright Warbling Vireo!|
|Veined Ctenucha Moth|
We did VERY well that day. We heard and saw all of the Southern Arizona specialties like the Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Elegant Trogon, Sulfur-bellied Flycatchers, Five-striped Sparrow and even heard Montezuma Quail!
I have to say though, the female Elegant Trogon was SILENT and I would have missed that one completely if it wasn't for Tom's eyes! Even with his scope, I had a hard time finding the bird. The female blended in perfectly with her surroundings at a very healthy distance (so for Tom to spot this bird with his binoculars was epic).
We had beautiful weather that day in Box and Florida Canyons.
If you come to Southern Arizona this time of year, it's hard NOT to notice all the insects. There are SO MANY strange and beautiful looking bugs.
As we said our good-byes for the morning, we took a photo remembering the awesome views of the Five-striped Sparrow. No longer a nemesis for these two amazing birders.
|An awesome moment! Note to self, hair cut needed and that hat I'm wearing makes me look goofy|
There are several lifetime goals as a birder in general. First priority, life birds. Second priority, AZ State birds. Third priority, Pima County birds. On this day I added Lucifer Hummingbird, Sabine's Gull and Five-striped Sparrow to my Pima County list. Super exciting! That doesn't happen very often!
While there, yet another state bird was being reported, the Roseate Spoonbill. And not just one but TWO! So Deborah Carney said let's go and I said ok. I wasn't feeling the drive alone to Willcox after a busy morning out so I am grateful to her for driving and her optimism even after they were reported GONE! It didn't change the fact that we were heading to Willcox. It's a beautiful location and the sunsets are incredible. The smell isn't so good because there is sewage here but if you plug your nose....
After not seeing the spoonbills, I began to watch the birders and just take in the surroundings. This soft spoken birder took advantage of the cooler breezy weather to walk the grasslands around the "lake". Just speaking with him made me feel at ease.
There we stood, Deborah, this kind man and myself watching the White-faced Ibis settle in for the evening. We watched for Lesser Nighthawks but no luck. I went over the nighthawk calls with both birders and told them to listen for the "rarer" Common Nighthawk that could be passing through the area. I've had them here in the area before. I was with Ms. Kathie Brown the first time we heard them so many years ago. And on this night we were rewarded with a couple loud "PEENTS". Not a bad way to end the day. Until next time.....
PS. This is the best time of year to see our butterflies! They are everywhere!