Sometimes it goes beyond the birds.
It's a bunch of things. It's people. It's new places that weren't always open to birding before. It's new information. And it's about spending time with other birders.
This past weekend, birders from all over Arizona (and beyond) got together for AZFO's(Arizona Field Ornithologists) conference in Ajo, Arizona.
The waters inside the canyon flowed thanks to a recent rain storm. It was a rare sight.
The canyon was green and lush.
Life was evident everywhere. Check out the tadpole video from Alamo Canyon.
While there weren't any new birds to discover, it was still just fun to explore. It was a new hotspot.
Inside the canyon, we observed thousands of tadpoles feeding in the stream. Damselflies and other insects were breeding like crazy.
|Breeding Desert Firetails|
We came across Townsend's Solitaires, Black-throated Sparrows and many other birds.
|the Familiar Bluet|
She is one of the great Arizona bird pioneers of our time and has made so many contributions over the years. And because of her work, she won a lifetime achievement award from AZFO.
Organ Pipe was a blast. We even took the time to bird a quirky little spring known as Quitobaquito.
Sometimes it's all about the fish. Not often. Just sometimes:)
This once mining town, almost a ghost town now, is a great place to stay if you are planning on spending some time in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It's a HUGE place to explore and one of the few places in the state to find Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls.
Until next time......