2023-07-14 Five-Stripe Fever in Box Canyon

The Five-Striped Sparrow is a bird I had longed to meet. For more than a decade I tried, but never managed to be at the right place at the right time. While chatting with the manager at Paton’s, he gave me some directions to follow. So late Thursday afternoon I drove away west on AZ-82 … Read more

2023-07-13 Paton’s In Patagonia

My day at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds Thursday was lovely. I came early and stayed late. I spent some quality time with the site manager. He provided me with background information about what the Tucson Audubon Society has planned for this facility.  There was a lot of excitement surrounding the Thick-Billed Kingbird, and the … Read more

2023-07-12 Arizona’s Huachuca Canyon

After coming off the Chiricahua Mountains Monday and getting breakfast in Sunsites, I pushed my way over roads I’d not traveled in a very long time. It carried me through Tombstone and Charleston. I paid a visit to the Charleston Bridge, a place I had spent time twenty years ago. The old steel single-track bridge … Read more

2023-07-11 Over The Chiricahua Mountains

When my time with the Cave Creek birds concluded, I ascended the Chiricahua Mountains. It seemed to me most of the up-slope birds were smart enough to hide from the heat. I stopped to look and listen for birds and sniff the air. I kept hoping I’d find Mexican Chickadees, but it was not to … Read more

2023-07-10 Cave Creek, Portal, AZ

Last year, I passed through Portal, but storms were drenching the upper slopes of the Chiricahuas, and I didn’t feel much like lingering. If it feels right this year, I hope to stick around longer. At the top of my list of birds I hoped to meet, was the Mexican Chickadee. I have had eyes … Read more

2023-07-04~08 In The Davis Mountains

I stayed four nights at Davis Mountains State Park. For $20 a night with electricity, it was a bargain. I hoped it would give me a chance to make progress on my blog backlog. I had been working through my recent images, and much work had been accomplished. But High Island and all the stops … Read more

2023-07-04 Gage Gardens, Marathon TX

Tuesday morning I broke camp early at the rest area 20 miles east of Marathon Texas. I drove to town and had breakfast at the Oasis Cafe. Marathon has a population of just over 400. It is one of the two gateways to Big Bend National Park. (The other is Alpine, 50 miles to the … Read more

2023-July Texas Rest Area Birds

For many reasons I enjoy touring Texas. There is much I enjoy about Texan culture. One is their thoughtfully placed mini-oasis along their two-lane highways. Criss-crossing their vast remote landscapes, they are a welcome sight for weary travelers. These Texas Roadside Rest Areas, sometimes called ‘Picnic Areas’ or ‘Parking Areas’ can be worthwhile places to … Read more

2023-Early July At Kickapoo Caverns

As I write these notes, I have returned to my southern California homestead. The past three weeks have been so hectic, I have not had time to properly tell the stories of my stops along my way from Texas and beyond. Some of my visits, including the one below, lasted several days. Twice, I visited … Read more

2023-06-25 High Island

It’s been nearly two weeks since I published my last episode about my 2023 North American Expedition. Since then I have fallen way behind in my story-telling chores. Having crossed through Alabama, I have more episodes to share. Below is the account of my first stop in Texas. It was a hard decision, but I … Read more