|The gorgeous Tanque Verde Wash is full of bird life!|
|Greater Short-horned Lizard|
|Northern Beardless Tyrannulet-now that's a real dinosaur sounding name!|
|I imagined myself hopping up on that horse and running off away from that birder!|
|From the Carpenter Bee group|
|We get our shoes wet trying to refind and get photos of a Broad-winged Hawk. I had seen it the day previous but fell with my camera trying to get pics. I wasn't very graceful:)|
|Northern Pygmy Owl|
|An early Red-faced Warbler|
|One of the several Red Warblers I saw around the mountains of Central Mexico|
|Way cool and out in the open of normally skittish Band-tailed Pigeons!!!|
|The epic Fan-tailed Warbler|
So what about the boy? Did I forget about him? No. I haven't. After another amazing weekend out, Steve and I both went to celebrate at a great Mexican restaurant in Willcox. We happily were discussing birds in this busy restaurant and going over several endemic Mexican species for future treks. Yes. My eyes are on Mexico now. Anyhow, little did I know, but there was a couple with a bright eyed little boy eavesdropping on our conversation.
I assume most people like birds but don't get into it any further than "liking" them. There's a whole lot of planning that goes into this stuff. At the end of our meal, the young man came up to us both and explained to us that he also went after the Fan-tailed Warbler but turned around at the Private Property sign. We had spoken to the locals in Portal previously and they said to go past the sign but not get out of the car. Most birders did not know this however and turned around. Anyhow, I felt a small human emotion as I watched this serious young man share with us all his passion for birds. And it gets better. HIS PARENTS were taking him out birding for his birthday!!!
|Part of the beautiful Chiricahua Mountain range|
|At Cave Creek Lodge in Portal. A really nice place to bird once you've done your hiking. Or not hike:)|
|This road is magical and will take you into the beautiful Chiricahua Mountains|
|This is for my friend in England from her blog Ragged Robin's Nature Notes. I know we've never met but I hope we do. This is in your honor, a Blueberry Peach pie:)|
Awesome that you snagged that Warbler and had a chance to foster the next Gen. birder too!!ReplyDelete
You are the Renaissance Birder !
How’s that for a blog name?
I love it!!!! You're back!!! That's awesome. I was beginning to think you had fallen off the face of the earth. Now with your little one, will you begin their training into the birding arena?:)Delete
The Northern Beardless Tyrannulet is so cute! And the warbler! WOW! What an awesome place.ReplyDelete
Great post and so good to see youngsters being interested in birds and supported by parents :) The warbler is just awesome :) By the way I loved dinosaurs as a child too :)ReplyDelete
Gracias:) The warbler was a major hit with hundreds of birders and consolidation prize for dipping on the Red Warbler:)Delete
hahaha....I love it....things are never dull over your way...wherever you are!ReplyDelete
You are so right about that! This week it's a whole other battle! Adulting is not fun:(Delete