One of the things that I enjoy most when birding around the world, besides finding new birds, is seeing how the birders do it.
Steve spies a chough!
|Great Crested Grebe|
|Common Wood-Pigeon-the biggest pigeon I have EVER seen in my life!|
Honestly if I could do a proper English accent I would, but it would take me several months to get ONE of the many varieties of English out there. Steve did a pretty fun version of a southerner. I want to say Texan?😃 I love that stuff. Language, whether it be bird or human, is exciting.
In Wales, there was WATER everywhere. It was often wet and soggy. Sometimes water came up from the ground! I think that's called a spring?:)
|Searching for snipe|
Grey Herons weren't our Great Blue Herons but they sure looked the same.
|Common Ringed Plover|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|
Song Thrushes were everywhere but challenged my photography skills. Like the Robin, they also had a wide range of vocalizations.
Steve has a family. And he was also taking care of his father. I know that birding helps keep me from going insane while the world is crashing down around me. And yet he took the time to take me around and show me his Wales while he had so much happening around him. THANK YOU! My home will always be open to you and when you decide to visit, I will show you the amazing world of Arizona birds.
|Eurasian Wren, once formally called the Winter Wren until recently split|
When we see new birds together, it's a new friendship. A new moment. A memory. If I ever see a White-throated Dipper again, I'll remember that first moment with Steve because he showed me that bird.
|The promiscuous Dunnock|
This is the lengthiest post of them all. There are two more Wales posts. I've had three really wonderful birding treks this year and I'm still glowing from the Wales' adventures and that's all because of Steve and Bonnie. If it wasn't for their hospitality, we'd have seen Wales through a more sterile tourist's eyes. And for that, I am forever in their debt. Thank you guys! Until next time......