|The carpeted green valley below Kitt Peak|
|a Canyon Wren plays hide and go seek with us|
|Yarrow's Spiny Lizard|
|a stock photo from several years ago on Kitt Peak. This is the area we covered birding|
|juvenile Mexican Jay|
|Bordered Patch Butterfly|
|Plains Lubber Grasshopper|
|Gordon and Micheal scour the Desert Museum property for butterflies, lizards, birds and other odd insects|
|San Esteban Island x Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana|
|male Bighorn Sheep struts his stuff|
Eventually we made it to the aviary. This year, I have spoken with many people about this subspecies of Northern Bobwhite below. The Masked Bobwhite is VERY rare and can only be found at the very close border of Mexico and Arizona on a few ranch lands.
|the extinct-in-the-wild subspecies of Northern Bobwhite(Masked Quail)|
I know it's a caged bird, but it's so rare in the wild that practically no one has seen these birds at all beyond a stuffed model on display for what used to live in the grasslands. To see them like this close up was spectacular. Over the years, I've seen only one in the aviary and she was always hiding. Not on this day!
And that chick was adorable.
After work, I'm exhausted. The heat drains the life out of me. The mornings are lovely and it's really the only time to do any birding. You get a 4 hour window and that's it.
|Birding in Dateland and surrounding areas for shorebirds|