One last trip down Harshaw Road to look for quail this morning – but no luck. The people in the twin Airstream/truck combo (Bill is also his name by the way – another coincidence) asked a friend of theirs about finding the quail. This person is a PhD Ornithologist & he said Harshaw Road is the place. Not this time – but we’ll keep trying – they are in other locations also! All we found was more lovely scenery, so here are a few photos for your enjoyment.
What a lovely day for a walk at The Nature Conservancy. We wanted to see if any new birds had arrived – the answer was “not really”, but Bill finally had a look at a male Lazuli Bunting – he is so pretty in turquoise, rust & white.
A last stop at Paton’s yard to check the feeders. A Gila Woodpecker.
Some Gambel’s Quail showed up – always in a group – but here’s a lovely male.
Our constant companions wherever we go in AZ in seem to be White-crowned Sparrows.
Now here’s a challenge for any birders out there – what are these little sparrows in the grass?
That’s it – Lark Sparrows! Such a wonderful stay at Patagonia. The quiet RV park where we got the dumplings from Xing (Mike’s wife) – had the excitement of an RV fire (without any damage to ourselves) – found a twin outfit to ours – & generally enjoyed our stay immensely. We will come again if we’re this way!
Sunday we arrived in Amado – to our chosen site “72” where we felt we would get better WiFi reception (it is good!). Getting settled & shopping for groceries took all day. Monday we got out to Madera Canyon. We met up with a young man, Alex from New Jersey, who was also looking for the Rufous-crowned Warbler. We had no luck with that, but found a few more species for our list (now at 116). Here are 2 shots of a Rock Wren (the 2nd one on the rock is especially for Alex, since this was a LIFER for him, & he wanted a rock wren on a rock!). The other is a Ladder-backed Woodpecker, female, on a yucca seed pod.
We added Wild Turkeys at the feeders at the Madera Canyon Gift Shop & also what we’re pretty sure is a Magnificent Hummingbird at another nearby feeder. This photo is Alex’s.
We hope to spend more time with Alex, if his schedule allows. He is heading home Sunday. Wednesday is a working day for Bill & laundry for me.