2020-12-29 On The Texas Mountain Trail

When I drove away from the Guadalupe Mountains, I took TX-54 south from US-62 to Van Horn Texas. I kept seeing road signs along the highway saying “The Texas Mountain Trail”. I wanted to drive through the Davis Mountains again. I’d passed through them during my first visit last March (2020) and I wanted to … 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

2019-10-23 At The Boyce Thompson Arboretum

I let myself get behind in my posting. Since leaving the “BTA” I’ve completed two more photo safaris, but it took me longer than expected to organize the photos and stories for this visit. As I post this, I’m headed back to Poway to finalize my plans for an extended journey. I left Thatcher Arizona … Read more

2014 November Bullhead City Attractions

Bullhead City Arizona sits on the Colorado River below Davis Dam and across the river from Laughlin Nevada. I have friends there whom I enjoy visiting occasionally. Havasu National Wildlife Reserve covers a wide swath of river valley stretching north from Lake Havasu to a few miles south of Bullhead City. During past visits with … Read more

2014-02-26 Tubb Canyon Trail

I’d heard recent reports of interesting birds sighted near Tubb Canyon, and never having visited this place before, I was eager to explore it. I do not recall what bird was reported, and it does not matter. I very much enjoyed those birds that shared their space and time with me. Montezuma Grade descends the … Read more

2017-07-07 and 09 Lower Rock Creek

Friday morning (7/7) I chased (but missed) my friend Steve Brad’s Indigo Bunting. He’d been visiting the region in the weeks prior to my departure. I’m reasonably certain I was in the correct location, but the bird was not cooperating. There were other birds to entertain me here (American Robin, Lesser Goldfinch, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Rock … Read more

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

2016 – November Birds In The Mojave

When I’m camping with the science team from the San Diego Natural History Museum, I try to find time to meet the local birds. Autumn migration can provide some nice surprises, but there are several residents that can usually be found in the area. The Black-Throated Sparrow, the Cactus Wren, the Rock Wren, the Bewick’s … Read more

2015-06-01 Snake River Birds of Prey

I’d been to the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area 14 years ago, but it was in the autumn and the area was silent of birds, but on this day there held the promise of raptor sightings. My friend Art and I drove out 76 miles to this place from his … Read more