Sunday, March 29, 2015

Empire Gulch at Las Cienegas, Arizona

On another short trip this week I wanted to see what was happening at Empire Gulch. This truly is a wonderful birding spot. Always water and always birds. Here are some of my favorites from the couple hours I spent both in the gulch and around Las Cienegas:

Pipevine Swallowtail

Periwinkle

Ruby Crowned Kinglet (showing off his ruby crown)

Yellow Warbler
Western Meadowlark

Pronghorn




Saturday, March 28, 2015

San Pedro River National Conservation Area: Good Birding

I made a quick stop at the San Pedro River National Conservation Area, to look specifically for the Louisiana Waterthrush and Grey Hawks that had been reported there.

I was totally focused. Not really spending anytime other than the two places those two birds and been seen. 

In short, once again skunked. Yet, on along the trail I got a couple of nice photos:

Song Sparrow where the Waterthrush was reported.

Male Vermillion Flycatcher

White Crowned Sparrow at the Visitor's Center.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Huachuca Canyon, Arizona: A Premium Birding Spot

I was able to get away yesterday -- turns out even though all our rooms had guests, for one reason or another, none was having breakfast. So I went to Huachuca Canyon looking for the Sinaloa Wren that has been seen along the creek.

Once again I missed out on the Wren, but I didn't come home empty handed. There were lots of Dark Eyed Juncos, Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, Bridled Titmice, White Breasted Nuthatch, American Robins, Rufous Winged Sparrows, Ruby Crowned Kinglets, Wilson's Warblers, and Painted Redstarts. Even a quick glimpse of an Elegant Trogon who flew in front of me. Some fun photos of Yellow Rumped Warblers (see one below); a Hermit Thrush; and a singing Townsend's Warbler. Here are my favorites for the day:

Townsend's Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Hermit Thrush



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saguaro National Park - Roadrunner

Now the Roadrunner photos from our hike in Saguaro National Park:







Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saguaro National Park - Antelope Jackrabbits

A break from my series on Flora and Fauna of The Azure Gate to show some photos from a hike Christine (and our dear friend Pierr), and I took a couple of days ago at Saguaro National Park.

Today I'll show you some Antelope Jackrabbit photos (tomorrow Roadrunner).



There is a third in this photo.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Flora and Fauna of The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast: Cardinal V

And now a pair of young chicks waiting for mom:

Cardinal Chicks

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Flora and Fauna of The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast: Cardinal IV

Here is a female Cardinal in one of our flowering Palo Verde Trees:

Female Cardinal