Holbrook, AZ is near an outstanding National Park: Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. We’ve been here before, but thought it worth another stop. 250 Million years ago in the Triassic, it was a steamy jungle with huge trees near the equator which has since shifted! Lots of different layes of minerals in the sand.
The bird of the day is: Common Raven! Actually the only bird we identified (saw another flit into a bush, but couldn’t find it! There were pairs (they mate for life) sitting at many of the parking areas, talking to the people (begging). A sad commentary on the state of man and beast.
The day we returned we actually found a small flock of House Finches at the south entrance Museum grounds, plus 2 Loggerhead Shrikes. So added 2 more birds – but that was it! Also walked the crystal path with some close-ups of the petrified logs. They vary in color from white, to gray, black, purple, pink, deep red/rust, orange, yellow, green – an amazing color palette.
On to TX and hopefully, lots more birds.