2020 Bird Gallery Updates: Part 1

One benefit of taking a lengthy journey, such as my 2020 Texas Expedition, is collecting images of new bird species for my species galleries. If I’ve met the bird before, I can add the new images and show a new region to display on the integrated gallery maps showing where I’ve met all the subjects … Read more

2020-05-28 Cattle Call Brawley

After leaving Arivaca Wednesday morning I drove a rural route through Ajo and Gila Bend to Yuma where I spent the night. Thursday morning after having breakfast I launched the last leg of my return from my 2020 Texas Expedition. I crossed the Colorado River and was back on California soil, and already missing the … Read more

2020-05-27 Arivaca Cienega

After my visit to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Tuesday morning, I drove south 170 miles to Arivaca. The route I chose was not conventional and I passed through Three Points where AZ-86 connects to AZ-286 and headed south towards Sasabe. I turned east on the Arivaca-Sasabe Road and traversed this rough, pot-hole ridden road … Read more

Memories of Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Travel fifty-four miles east from the I-10 freeway on US-60 in Phoenix, and just 3 miles short of Superior Arizona is a jewel of a location for nature lovers called the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Named for an early 20th Century strip-mining magnet, I find it ironic that a man guilty of causing some of the … Read more

2020-05-20 Road From ABQ and Mount Graham

Two corrections: Thanks to the astute observations of readers Celestyn Brozek and Lori Conrad, I’ve learned my “Cassin’s Vireo” is the wrong Solitary Vireo. The proper identification is Plumbeous Vireo. And to Jeff Brake for pointing out that Mount Graham, while the tallest in Southern Arizona, is not the second highest, but the 14th highest … Read more

2020-05-15: The Bosque at Tingley Beach

My friend Jerry Goffe retired from his forensic photography business a few years ago and devoted his time to teaching and volunteering as a docent at just about every nature organization in and around Albuquerque, including Bosque del Apache, the Rio Grande Nature Center, the local zoo, and currently the Botanical Garden at Albuquerque’s BioPark. … Read more

2020-05-12: The Road to Bosque del Apache

Tuesday morning May 12th, after a few extra hours with the birds at Bitter Lake NWR outside of Roswell New Mexico, I drove a circuitous, winding route through Ruidoso. A more direct road would have been to stay on US-380 all the way to San Antonio, but at Hondo I veered left on US-70 and … Read more

Memories of Bitter Lake NWR, New Mexico

After four days on the road from Brownsville, I followed the Pecos River upstream from Texas and crossed into New Mexico on Sunday, May 10th of 2020, and found a Walmart parking lot in Roswell where I boondock camped for the night. My Texas travelling was rewarding on so many levels, but now all that … Read more

Memories of South Padre Island

I visited South Padre Island twice during my stay in Brownsville. My first stop was on 2020-04-30 and my second on 2020-05-02. My day-one visit was a lengthy one. I arrived early at the Convention Center and the birds were abundant. Many were those I seldom or have never seen before. It was Great! By … Read more