Life of the birder/photographer. Unlike the Yellow Throated Warbler I found after 20 minutes of searching, the Northern Parula has escaped me for years. I tried three times along the Santa Cruz River off of Sasco Road (Santa Cruz Flats). I tried twice along the Santa Cruz River off of Ina Road (Tucson). And I have tried five times at Sweetwater Wetlands. All within the past three weeks.
It reminds me of the Daryl Zero quote from the movie Zero Effect:
"Now, a few words on looking for things. When you go looking for something specific, your chances of finding it are very bad. Because of all the things in the world, you're only looking for one of them. When you go looking for anything at all, your chances of finding it are very good. Because of all the things in the world, you're sure to find some of them."
So didn't find the Northern Parula, but did find some "other things" at Sweetwater:
|The usually reliable Green Heron|
|Orange Crowned Warbler|
|Yellow Rumped Warbler|
|Ruby Crowned Kinglet (showing off his ruby crown)|
|Male Ladderbacked Woodpecker|
|Female Ladderbacked Woodpecker|
|Male Gilded Flicker|