Friday, September 15, 2017

The Catalina Highway





Sometimes you just have to get away.

Western Bluebird
I took a drive to the top of Mt. Lemmon on that Catalina Highway.

Turkey Vulture
For several early hours, I just took in the cooler temps and enjoyed feeling cold.


And while I stood alone in the forest.....


......I watched the birds actively feed all around me.

White-breasted Nuthatch
There were many young ones following their parents from branch to branch and from tree to tree.


Yellow-eyed Junco
The end of summer is near.  Soon the young ones will be leaving with their parents.

Western Wood-Pewee
Characters, like this Northern Flicker, may choose to winter on Mt. Lemmon over the winter OR head on down to the warmer temps of Tucson.

Northern Flicker
Others, like this Pygmy Nuthatch below, will remain here.

Pygmy Nuthatch
Hawks are moving through the area now. Many are heading south passing through the Catalinas.

Red-tailed Hawk
After this crazy summer, things are starting to get back to normal again. With temps cooling down below 100 degrees, I'm feeling my energy come back.  It's not easy getting trapped inside your home for more than a week over the course of 2 or 3 months. More adventures coming soon.....


5 comments:

  1. You always find a way to cool down with birds in the background.

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  2. Glad to see the cooler temps, too. You're looking good for spending so much time inside! Enjoyed seeing all these nice mountain birds.

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  3. Awesome photos, very detailed and vivid. Thanks for the share, always love checking out your blog.
    Gregg

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  4. Super photos as always Chris. Pleased to hear the temperatures are dropping for you - I would just wilt in that heat!!!

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