I had no idea there was such a variety of birds in southeast Arizona. I’m not a birder by any means, I prefer to think of myself as a wildlifer. Any and all wildlife are what I like to see, and photograph. This part of Arizona is pretty well known for all the different areas were birds hang out though. Generally it’s higher elevation were you can find these places, and they are sometimes referred to as sky islands. The places we have gone are also noted bird conservation areas, and areas of importance for the birds.
Vermillion Flycatcher. Can’t miss these little guys, so bright and colorful.
We went to a birding area near Patagonia Lake. I’m sure that more towards spring we would have seen a lot more birds. But, we did get to see a few of the year round residents.
Another catch up post, seems to be the thing around here now. LOL.
We arrived in Arizona mid December, and immediately got rained on for a whole day. Which was actually wonderful to see, since it hadn’t rained here for over 100 days. I have never seen the desert looking so dry and brown as it is this year. So sad to see.
Our first camp spot was a place we had spent quite a bit of time in the spring, and photographed the wild burros. This time they were not as easy to find, or photograph. Maybe the drought has them in different areas. But, what we did find was adorable.
We decided to stick around this part of Nevada for a little longer. We do like it here and being close to the Valley of Fire is so nice. Al has been Plein Air Painting, and we have made sure to explore some new areas. But, the best part about staying was hitting the desert bighorn sheep ram jackpot the other day.