This is Patagonia Lake and we stayed at this State Park for 3 days. We found 78 species of birds walking the pasture around the lake including a herd of cows for company.
|Black-throated Gray Warbler|
|Northern Cardinal - our first for the year|
|Red-shafted Flicker shows off|
|Cooper's Hawk hauls nesting material|
|Eared Grebes courting behavior|
|Pyrrhuloxia enjoys the visitor's center's feeder|
|Common Black Hawk migrates over the Lake|
|Barrel Cactus Fruit|
|Northern Beardless Tyrannulet|
|Broad-billed and Violet-crowned Hummingbirds|
A stop a Paton's Hummingbird Preserve gave us the rare Violet-crowned Hummingbird that is also their logo.
After a night's stay at Quail Ridge RV Park we headed over to San Pedro House and this Red-tailed Hawk swooped over all the feeders to scatter all the White-crowned & Lincoln Sparrows, Canyon, Abert's & Green-tailed Towhees, White-winged & Inca doves.
|Lesser & Greater Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw|
We then drove to Whitewater Draw where thousands of Sandhill Cranes spend the winter. We watched them all come in for the night after feeding in the fields from miles around. We spent the night and enjoyed the sunset and the rising of the full moon.
We drove north to Willcox to spend the next night at Grande Vista and were only able to find one new species for the area - the Scaled Quail.
Our last stop in Arizona was our favorite - Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiraicahua Mountains. We spent three nights at Sunny Flat National Forest Campground with many other birders.
The rare bird was the Streak-backed Oriole found at the Foothills feeders and had spent the whole winter there.
|Rufous Hummingbird at our feeder|
Ty walked far up the South Fork and found the skull cave- one of hundreds of caves the canyon is named after.
Looking east from our campsite are the beautiful rock formations. We now head out northeast on our way back to Wisconsin.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann