Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Birding Mount Lemmon - Part II


Other recent photos from Mount Lemmon:




Buff Breasted Flycatcher

Grace's Warbler

Hairy Woodpecker



Monday, July 16, 2018

Birding Mount Lemmon - Part I


The Southern Arizona Mountain Ranges are collectively called the Madrean Sky Islands. The Santa Catalina Mountains, or more commonly the Catalina Mountains or even Mount Lemmon, are the largest of these mountain ranges. Mount Lemmon is its highest peak at 9,157 feet. It receives 180 inches of snow each year. It is 18 miles long and 14 miles wide.


There are so many great birding spots on the way up Mount Lemmon that it is literally impossible to stop at all of them in a day.

Here are some of the "hot spots":

Molino Basin Lookout
Molino Basin Campground
Cypress, Middle Bear, and Chihuahua Picnic areas
General Hitchcock Campground
Rose Canyon Lake
Incinerator Ridge
Bear Wallow Road and Trail to Sunset Trail
Sykes Knob Road
Inspiration Point Picnic Area
Alder Picnic Area
Loma Linda Picnic Area
E. Turkey Run Road and Upper Sabino Canyon Trail
Summerhaven to Marshall Gulch
Ski Valley to Mt. Lemmon Sky Center Observatory

Experienced birders will no doubt have their favorites (as do I) and some will have spots not even on this list.

Mount Lemmon is essentially a Spring, Summer, and Fall birding site. Warblers abound in the Spring and Fall; though still quite decent in the Summer.

Over the next few days I'll show some of my latest photos from "birding Mt. Lemmon.:

Anna's Hummingbird

Ash Throated Flycatcher

Black Headed Grosbeak




Thursday, July 12, 2018

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area - Part VI



And, now photos from the grasslands of Las Cienegas:

Killdeer

Red Tailed Hawk

Turkey Vulture

Western Meadowlark

Red Tailed Hawk feeding Chick along Highway 83 from Las Cienegas

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area - Part V



Other photos from Empire Gulch:

Anna's Hummingbird on Nest

Anna's Hummingbird putting feathers inside her nest

I love this photo which shows the gulch -- along with a Blue Grosbeak

House Wren

Lucy's Warbler

Pipevine Swallowtail

Sacred Datura

Male and Female Summer Tanagers

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area - Part IV



I visited Empire Gulch very early one morning and it was so nice I took Christine the following morning. Both times we saw White Tailed Deer and Wild Turkeys. Here a couple of Wild Turkey photos:

I don't remember ever seeing a Wild Turkey in a tree, but there one was. 

Wild Turkey

Friday, July 6, 2018

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area - Part III



Empire Gulch which runs behind the "Visitor's Center" has a spring that creates a wonderful riparian area of about 100 yards (before it goes underground). As such it provides a respite from the hot/dry Southwest Summers.

Here the seldom seen Yellow Breasted Chat:



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area - Part II



Other mammals at Las Cienegas include White Tailed Deer: