It has been one gray sky after another in Southern Arizona for the past 2 weeks. And I love it.
The cool to cold air has been refreshing. The walks are wonderful.
Birding has slowed down a bit which means I can just enjoy finding new year birds around Southern Arizona.
Our local, and rare-for-Tucson, wintering American Bittern has been VERY accommodating for pictures. This has been the best view I've ever had of this species.
|I've become enamored with "Stumpy" over the past visits at Sweetwater|
|A sneaky Plumbeous Vireo|
|a curious Horned Lark|
I broke my rule a little. After we did our count in Pima county, I figured why not head to my favorite little town of Patagonia for a bit.
|thirsty American Robins|
|a rare White-throated Sparrow at Paton's Hummingbird House|
|Mt. Lemmon has crazy weather!|
|Micheal doesn't like sparrows. BOO!|
|a sexy red Fox Sparrow at Paton's!|
And here's one more shot of the American Bittern. Such a crazy looking bird.
Finally, I'm excited to share with you all that the Great Horned Owls love our new nest that we've created for them! Photographer, Jill Watkins, took these amazing shots of the owls as they prepare to nest.
It's a relief and it's exciting. A definite sign that spring is just around the corner. Until next time....