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2020-11-16 Monday at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum

The morning at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum started off slow. I like to hike to the top of the property where there is a pond called Ayers Lake. On the walk to the pond, I saw very little in the way of passerines along the trail. When I got to the lake, I found a … Read more

2020-02-24: Boyce-Thompson Arboretum

Sunday, after spending the day at the Gilbert Water Ranch, I drove the Superstition Highway forty miles east to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior Arizona. I’d been here only once before in the fall of 2019 (last year) and was looking forward to another visit. I doubt that birding was a consideration or a … Read more

20-20-23 At The Gilbert Water Ranch

I scouted several of the trails at the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert after I arrived late Saturday afternoon, but I did not carry my camera. The light was fading and I wanted to get a feel for this place I’d been hearing about all these years. Given the developments of housing and light commercial buildings … Read more

2012-08 August Yardbirds

I took a lot of images of Lesser Goldfinches the month of August 2012. I used them as subjects to experiment with different photo techniques. These birds are my most numerous avian guests, so why not exploit the resource? At the time I was still feeding seeds to my bird neighbors, but I’d scaled back … Read more

2013-08-29 Arizona Trip

One aim on this trip was to visit family in Northeast Tucson. While there I spent some time at Agua Caliente Park. It had been in my head for several years I should spend a few days at Beatty’s Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains south of Sierra Vista. On my return home … Read more

2014 Early Autumn On Santa Rosa Mountain

Within the span of one week I made two excursions to Santa Rosa Mountain in late August and early September in 2014. I’ve described this place several times in past posts, so I’ll forgo any lengthy descriptions here. For those readers not aware of these past accounts, please check out these links: 2014 June, 2015 August, … Read more

2018-05 More Moments With Yardbirds

This past week I’ve been sneaking an hour or so in the late afternoon (when the light is favorable) to break from my projects and spend time with some of my yardbirds. Sometimes it’s enough to just listen to them sing, as spring is a great time for songs. Local singing emanates from resident Spotted … Read more

2017-02-11 The Rocky Islands

This was an exciting day for us and would be our first contact with terra firma in three days. We’d travelled approximately halfway down the Baja peninsula. Our time on these rocky islands was brief. And while few expected ground-breaking science to precipitate this day, but I realized how eager all our members were to … Read more