|Snuggle time for Gambel's Quail|
On July 29th we drove to Patagonia, a small village between Sierra Vista and Nogales, AZ. There we headed to the Paton's bird feeding house now run by the Tucson Audubon. The wash before the area had about 8 inches of mud on each side so we parked and gingerly walked up the banks to the gravel wash and over the other bank on the grass. There are many hummingbird and seed feeders that were hopping with activity.
|Broad-billed Hummingbirds argue over space|
Next stop was the small roadside picnic area situated between high rock cliffs on the south and the Sonita Creek riparian area on the north. This is one of the only places in the U.S. where Thick-billed Kingbirds nest.
|Barrel Cactus in bloom|
|Pleasant Fungus Beetles|
We were able to get a campsite for 3 nights at Patagonia Lake State Park. Two days of peaceful birding but come Friday...hundreds of families arrived for days of boating, swimming, and fishing as this is the "only" lake for miles around. Here's some of the great examples of God's creation that we found at the park.
|Gray Hawk sounds off|
|Bell's Vireo on nest|
|Blue Dasher Dragonfly|
|Green Peach Beetle|
|Chihuahuan Lubber - Flightless adult|
|Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar|
|Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly|
We then spent 2 nights in the hot desert at DeAnza RV Resort between Amondo and Tubac. We thankfully had air conditioning and a pool for a refreshing dip in this nearly deserted park.
|DeAnza RV Park - Elephant Head and Santa Rita Mts.|
|Sweet 4 O'clock|
|Pena Blanca Canyon|
After a stop south to Pena Blanca Lake, we headed north to Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains. We found a campsite open for our three night stay.
|Colorful Broad-billed Hummingbird|
Each day we went farther into the canyon, walked the trails and enjoyed the many birds. We watched the feeders at the lodge and a small gift shop ("Kubo"). We drove one evening to the lower valley to listen for the Buff-collared Nightjar and had one fly right over us to the other side of the road. A wonderful surprise but too dark for a photo.
|White-lined Sphinx Moth|
This is as far west as we are going, heading back to Sierra Vista for a few days and on to Wilcox. Fall migration has already started for warblers, hummingbirds and shorebirds.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann