And so I started off in Green Valley shortly after dawn where just to the west of the I-19 (the turnoff to Madera Canyon), some gardens with ornamental Saguaro cacti provided some easy views of a Gilded Flicker. This place was a living cemetery, and as Rich will confess, the look on my face when I walked into the golden arches at 6.30am was a picture - literally tens of 70+ people just sitting about eating their Sausage & Egg McMuffins. Anyway, to the birds...
|Rufous-capped Warbler, Florida Canyon|
|Grasshopper Sparrow, Las Cienegas|
|Pronghorn, Las Cienegas|
|White-eared Hummingbird, Beatty's Ranch|
|Mexican Spotted Owl(et), Miller Canyon|
So, with just a couple of hours sleep (as Rich was doing some guiding for the Tucson Audubon Society) I said my farewells and immense thanks - and headed to the infamous Patagonia Rest Stop where a pair of Thick-billed Kingbirds were lurking in the early morning gloom. These were the last birds of any note I saw in southeast Arizona, an area of immense birding potential and varied landscape. Now it was just a small drive to that saline spot in southeastern California...
|Thick-billed Kingbird, Patagonia Rest Stop|