2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs (Part 2)

On my previous post I shared images of the players in the Rat Theater, but I also had some nice avian encounters during this expedition. Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves and House Finches were numerous at the water hole in the front yard of the house we’d been provided by the park services. We had Say’s Phoebes, … Read more

2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs

From June 12th to the 20th, the San Diego Natural History Museum science team focused their mission on Cottonwood Springs and the Pinto Basin at the southeastern corner of Joshua Tree National Park. I had my 50th High School reunion to attend, but joined the group on the 15th and stayed to the end. The … Read more

2017 June in Joshua Tree National Park

My trip to Joshua Tree National Park was not without its surprises. I promised to wait one month before speaking of one of them, but there is a good reason for the delay. I’m sure you’ll agree when I finally get permission to speak about it. My friend Sula found a seed pod in doing … Read more

2017-05-28 Red Hill At The Salton Sea

Travelling south after my expedition with the San Diego Natural History Museum to Horse Thief Springs (read more of that trip HERE) in the Mojave Desert, I could not bring myself into a bee-line for home. I thought a pass by the Salton Sea might be worthwhile. When I travel, I try to find highways I’ve … Read more

2017-05-23~27 Horse Thief Springs

The Bird and Mammal team from the San Diego Natural History Museum launched an expedition nearly 300 miles north to the north-east flanks of the Kingston Mountains, about 75 miles south of Death Valley and 12 miles from the Nevada border at a site called Horse Thief Springs. Our plan was to stay for eight … Read more

2017-05-05 Best of Arizona

I spent from 2017-04-22 through 2017-05-04 touring some great bird locations in Arizona. The places I was able to visit during this time were Agua Caliente Park, Sabino Canyon, Mount Lemmon, Florida Canyon, Madera Canyon and  two places in Arivaca (Day 1 and Day 2). I do not feel I got everything I could from any … Read more

2017-05-04 Arivaca Cienega

Thursday morning I got out early to the Cienega at Arivaca, one of my favorite birding locations. Here I found Hermit Warblers, Orange-Crowned Warblers, Lucy’s Warblers, Brewer’s Sparrows, Vermilion Flycatchers, Cassin‘s Kingbirds, Say’s Phoebes, Mourning Doves, Bewick’s Wrens, Gila Woodpeckers, Canyon Towhees, Northern Cardinals, Hepatic Tanagers, White-Winged Doves, Yellow-Breasted Chats, Swainson’s Hawks, Ladder-Backed Woodpeckers, Song … Read more

2017-05-03 Arivaca’s La Siesta Campground

When you lookup the word “rural” in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Arivaca Arizona shown. I have a friend who’s lived in Arivaca since she was 10 or 11 years old. She’s recently had to leave her home in this smallest of small towns. Time has taken its toll on her ability … Read more

2017-05-01 Two Days On The Slopes Of The Santa Rita Mountains

With instructions to find Florida Canyon, I headed south from Tucson to explore new places. I’ve visited nearby Madera Canyon twice before, but I’d been hearing about Florida Canyon for years and thought it was about time I got acquainted with the place. I was told I might find a couple of new birds there; … Read more

2017-04-26,27,28 Mount Lemmon: Three Days and Two Nights On Sky Island Heaven

Early Wednesday morning I set off to visit Mount Lemmon using instructions for locating birds on the mountain, from local birder, Liz Harrison. Her instructions were invaluable and gave me landmarks to look for in finding these birding locations. My first stop was at Molino Basin Campground. I enjoyed some nice birds there, though these … Read more