Birding Blog Archives

April 15th, 2011
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Tonto Natural Bridge, Pine Trailhead

Tonto-Natural-Bridge-11-0415-04Birding was excellent. It was fun to watch WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS scream by at close range, some zooming up the face of the cliffs and alighting in nesting crevices, dropping back out and continuing their life on the wing. VIOLET-GREEN and CLIFF SWALLOWS joined the party. The surrounding habitat was even better, with PAINTED REDSTART, SCOTT’S ORIOLE and many more interesting birds. […]

April 14th, 2011
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Tubac, Payson

Gray-Hawk-Tubac-11-0414-05Along De Anza Trail we picked up some nice birds including easy-to-see GRAY HAWKS, one of which posed nicely, perched in a cottonwood. We also found WARBLING VIREO, a male BULLOCK’S ORIOLE, a couple of calling SUMMER TANAGERS and a smart male WESTERN TANAGER, my first of the year. […]

December 3rd, 2010

White Mountains & Salt River Canyon

The final day of my road trip with mum and dad. We’d had a great time.

Before we set out from Lakeside-Pinetop in the White Mountians, we spent a while at the Big Springs Environmental Area, a particularly pleasant wildlife reserve on the edge of town. From there we took what is for me a […]

December 2nd, 2010

Monument Valley & Canyon de Chelly

Waking up to this view – out of the bedroom window, no less – was quite amazing. We lapped it up for a good while before breakfast.

Much as we wanted to stay in Monument Valley, our strict itinerary meant we had to leave right after breakfast.

We dragged ourselves away from the […]