|I watched a herd of Pronghorn with Indigo at the Empire Ranch in the Cienegas Grasslands|
|Scott scopes Lake Pleasant|
|We find Usha and Janine already on the gull|
|We get to the shore and start planning the rest of our afternoon after the gull find|
|This subspecies of Thayer's now goes officially by the name, Iceland Gull|
|This little girls lectures the gull on sharing something of which gull nor geese are known to do.|
I wish all birds were as cooperative as this gull. This past weekend, Magill asked me if I would go down with her to find the first state record of a Ringed Kingfisher. Honestly I groaned a bit. I had gone several weeks earlier and had a VERY brief sighting and I'll be honest, it sucked. So I gave hope a chance. When we bird together, we always get our bird. It just took patience and some skill.
Along the way, we stopped and looked at water birds. The trek to Safford is a long one from Tucson. In my head, I worked out a plan. I helped Magill find all the places I had previously investigated on my first attempt. We were meticulous. The person reporting the bird threw the rare kingfisher on a general marker without telling anyone where the bird was. And that's ok. This wasn't our first rodeo. We spent the morning canvassing map points around the various ponds careful not to trespass onto anyone's property.
|A Long-billed Dowitcher struts around this other onlooking bird. The bird appears to be saying, "What's up?"|
|a drake Green-winged Teal|
Magill, "Does this taco salad have romaine lettuce?" (Romaine lettuce is getting recalled right now in the US and has been taken out of many of the restaurants)
The Waitress, "Huh? It's just lettuce!"
So we took our chances:)
|scenic Lake Pleasant on a cold morning|
|Wilson's Snipe chill in the mud clumps|
|a distant photo of the Ringed Kingfisher|
|Celebrating the day is just something people should do more often. I discover my lifer Scarlet Macaws in 1996.|
Years ago, when life was simpler and my camera was film, we'd share our experiences over a meal while on the road. The pic was taken 22 years ago, in southern Costa Rica after a day of chasing Scarlet Macaws. There's nothing quite like a meal to celebrate a moment. It has been an amazing past two weekends here in Arizona. I think I had the best car ride home with Scott listening to Spanish music while the sun was setting over the ag fields. Or was it catching up with Magill and her Maine adventures? Maybe it was watching Indigo get excited about his first Black-tailed Prairie Dogs in the field? This is what nature is all about; bringing people together. And we need to protect it. Until next time.....