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

2016-05-08 Sunday In The Eastern Sierras

I had a big day taking pictures this day. It began when I reached Mono Lake’s western edge. I saw a flycatcher that flew off before I got my camera ready, but I noticed Cassin’s Finches feeding on a large tree near to the parking area. Lots of finches were in this tree. As I collected images, I discovered that many … Read more

The Cienega at Arivaca

2016-03-25 and 26 Friday and Saturday Part of the Buenos Aires NWR, the cienega at Arivaca has been a favorite birding location of mine for more than a dozen years. I first visited this location in August 2003. New to birding and bird photography, I was lucky enough to meet the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo during this visit. The … Read more

2015-10-29 Arivaca Arizona

Arivaca is a small community in south-central Arizona with an estimated population of 900~1000 citizens. There is a watershed of 45 square miles that drains out on Arivaca Creek. The subterranean geology brings the underground stream near the surface and an unexpected marsh (cienega) with giant cottonwood trees rising from the arid landscape. A dozen … Read more

2015-10-26 Tubac Arizona

From Sierra Vista I set my sights on the Santa Cruz River Valley. The path most scenic took me through Patagonia, a town well known to birders. I’ve passed this way in the past, but not given it the time it deserves. This trip would not be different. At the southwestern end of town, at … Read more

2015-06-11 Siskiyou Mountains

My drive through the Siskiyou Mountains followed National Forest Road 20 from the Applegate Valley, past Dutchman’s Peak (with a detour to the lookout station at it’s peak) and on to Mount Ashland and finally down to the town of Ashland Oregon. This road was no walk-in-the-park, but it provided some of the most spectacular … Read more

2015-06-05 Klamath Falls Run

After my refreshing, even inspirational stay at Fields Oregon <Read Saga Page>, I headed off to meet the road to Klamath Falls. The road from Malheur,though Fields and on to Denio Nevada is Oregon Route 205. South of Denio it is called Nevada Route 292. It intersects Nevada Route 140 where my route turned westward. … Read more