Our trek to Organ Pipe was interesting, but it was the work in Mexico that had me more interested. A lot of birders signed up for a gull workshop with AZFO's Lauren Harter and David Vander Pluym. And on the last day of the conference, a large caravan of birders crossed the border into Mexico.
|30+ birders scour the ocean with their scopes|
|AZ Fish and Wildlife's Troy Corman and Wrenegade team member Tim H scope the horizon for possible rare birds|
It's hard to navigate areas with large groups of people. Many were there to spot the Yellow-footed Gull which is a bird of interest for many people. These gulls live around the Sea of Cortez in good numbers.
|At Morúa Estuary, we do a major bird count|
|Wilson's Plover is the sassiest of the bunch|
|The bright light of the dunes and the ocean create a bleaching of color affect|
|A near threatened Herrmann's Gull sits on the back of this Brown Pelican|
|Birding Cholla Bay at low tide is great for photographers wanting to get up close to the birds|
|A dull winter plumaged Red Knot forages for food|
|A rare Fox Sparrow|