Thursday, March 16, 2017

Arizona - Part 2

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.
Cassin's Vireo

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Northern Cardinal - our first for the year

Red-shafted Flicker shows off

Red-naped Sapsucker

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 

Vermilion Flycatcher

Pipevine Swallowtail

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.
Western Screech-Owl

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.
Green-tailed Towhee

Crissal Thrasher

Rufous Hummingbird at our feeder

Whiskered Screech-Owl

Ty walked far up the South Fork and found the skull cave- one of hundreds of caves the canyon is named after.
Scott's Oriole

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

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