Sunday, May 31, 2020

Arivaca Cienegas, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge - Part III

More from Arivaca Cienegas, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge:

Northern Cardinal

Blue Grosbeak Singing

Bullock's Oriole

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Arivaca Cienegas, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge: Part II

Another rare bird to the United States is the Thick-billed Kingbird. It is more typically found from Mexico to Guatemala. It is the smallest of the North American Kingbirds but with a comparatively larger bill (as its name implies).

Friday, May 29, 2020

Pandemic, Closing, Reopening, Birds, and Blogs


The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast temporarily closed in mid-March due to the Coronavirus and worldwide travel restrictions.

We have not posted to our blog out of respect for those who have become afflicted, those who died, those who lost loved ones, and those who have lost jobs.  

It has been a very difficult time for everyone. We ended up with 42 cancellations and no new reservations.

Now, after nearly three months of being closed we are reopening -- with some restrictions. 

As the pandemic has begun to slow, we have started to get requests again so have decided to "re-open" with certain restrictions. We are only taking reservations for our two guest houses and we are not doing breakfast -- at least until July 1st. We will reassess at that time. We thank all of you who sent best wishes over these difficult months. And we appreciate those who have rebooked for later dates.

For the most part we have "stayed at home" at the order of our state government. We have been working on the property, and talking walks in the park, and hikes in wilderness areas.

The result is many new photos -- including some rare birds.

I'll start today with Arivaca Cienegas which is part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge along the US/Mexico border.

Clay-colored Thrush:

This is the first reported Clay-colored Thrush in Arizona, so it was a prize find. It was first seen on May 15, 2020 and everyday since until May 28th. There was a Clay-colored Thrush suggested in Portal in 2015 though not confirmed by ABA.

It has been reported occasionally in the extreme southern tip of Texas. It's normal range is along the Gulf Coast from Mexico to northern Columbia. It is the national bird of Costa Rica.

It has a very loud and distinct call which immediately let you know it was in the area.