|Vermilion Flycatcher during one of my weekly surveys at Reid Park in Tucson, AZ|
"The heart may freeze or it can burn
The pain will ease if I can learn
There is no future
There is no past
I live each moment as my last
There's only us
There's only this
Forget regret-or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today!"-Rent
|Another routine check at El Río Preserve in Marana, reveals a mile long string of Yellow-headed Blackbirds passing by the moon at sunset|
On the trails this week, I did a little bit of tactical, studied and artistic birding. It was a crazy week full of super early mornings, even by a birder's standards.
|a Scaled Quail at Cochise Lake|
We came back from Colorado and stopped at the beautiful Cochise Lake in Willcox, AZ. This was my artistic birding. We had to prioritize our stops. So we skimmed through New Mexico in order to watch the beautiful sunset over Cochise Lake.
|a Javelina feeds from the grasses of the golf course at Willcox|
It was so peaceful and beautiful. As the sun went down, several hundred Sandhill Cranes flew above our heads.
|Sandhill Cranes at sunset|
|Greater White-fronted Geese at Willcox|
|juvenile male Rose-breasted Grosbeak|
I didn't want to drive nearly 2 hours to this place called Dateland. But any chance to get better views of a bird that I had only heard in my life was worth the trek. We gambled and were rewarded with stunning views of this normally secretive thrush.
Until next time.....