Thursday, March 3, 2016

Before Saying Goodbye to Tucson

With only a few more days in Tucson, my sister Harriet took us to a county park, Agua Caliente, and a beautiful spot, Sabino Canyon.  Between both sites we had some great birds including shovelers, American wigeon, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, great egret, American coot, Northern pintail,   white-winged and mourning doves, Gila woodpecker, black-throated sparrow, black phoebe, ladder-backed woodpecker, phainopepla, and red-tailed hawk, killdeer, Anna's hummingbird, and both common and Chihuahuan Ravens, and cactus wren, to name some.  

In my sister's parking lot, we saw Gambel's quail!

Our birding was casual at best while in Tucson!  Lately, we've had commitments not related to birding with the exception of our visit with the Martin's at Patagonia State Park. Our goal now is for serious birding!!

The weather has been magnificent, cool in the mornings, warm during the day, and lots of sunshine!

Here are some photos from Agua Caliente, home of a hot spring and cold spring:






Rare stuffed frog!

And photos from Sabino Canyon:


The wildest thing was running into a friend from Cape Cod, Karen Fiske, who was vacationing in Arizona!  It was so great to see her!






Sabino Canyon offers a tram to ride up the mountain, but we decided to walk a trail instead.  Saw black-chinned sparrows and phainopepla along the way.  A really pretty place.