Hello everyone! First I'd like to apologize to my readers for not keeping up with the comment section. It has been a very busy month with visitors and birds. My schedule booked up in March fast and that was when I realized that I needed to write things down on a calendar:)
|Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly|
|A Steller's Jay knows an opportunity when it see one. But do these people know?|
|Montezuma's Castle is one of the many historic and beautiful national monuments of Arizona|
We headed down to Montezuma's Castle near the Prescott/Sedona area and Kelly found this *almost* hidden Common Black Hawk along the riparian area. It is nesting here. And from the information I've gathered from ebird and the local park rangers in this area, there may be as many as TWO pairs of Black Hawks nesting along this stretch of river. That is always encouraging news to hear. This isn't always an easy hawk to spy in Arizona outside of migration.
|Common Black Hawk|
|Juvenile Bald Eagle goes after an Osprey|
|Kayla looks at frogs|
|A gorgeous Savannah Sparrow|
We checked other spots and it was very pleasant. One area that I'd really like to explore is Humboldt Peak which is VERY high and holds a few specialty birds. My nemesis continues to be the Dusky Grouse.
Then we headed down to Southern Arizona and while it was hot, it was great to be back here. Migrating birds never looked so good.
And that "secretive" American Bittern at Sweetwater.
|An outed Sora|
|A Gray Hawk banks to the side|
|A Common Yellowthroat stops for a moment to reflect:)|
It's also nice to not feel the pressure of finding a new life bird. We can wander wherever we like. And find whatever it is that wants to be found.
Next week, we'll take you to Mt. Lemmon for the start of warbler migration.
As we say good-bye to our wintering birds,
Until next time......