Friday, June 1, 2012

Experienced Birder

Our southeast Arizona trip was lots of fun and we are unsure of our exact number as we are still going through photos; but we met up with an experienced birder. Steven helped us get a few birds and told us a few places to go and try out; which we seemed to see him at also! He had been birding for 30 years and had a lifer list of over six hundred birds; it's always nice to speak to someone who has so much knowledge and that shares the same passion as we do. He told us we should pick up a book about Birding in SE AZ. That was a big help.

So on the first day we were down there we got Tropical Kingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordillarian Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Bewick's Wren, Western Wood-Pewee, Bell's Vireo,Varied Bunting, Common Ground-dove, Gray Flycatcher, Hepatic Tanager, and five more unidentified birds. So far we are very pleased with our southeastern Arizona trip.

We went to Patagonia Lake State Park; which I was not impressed with, but we got a nice number of new birds there! Then we went to Patagonia rest area and then we stopped off at a little cafe in town; which was wonderful. Two local ladies gave us a few spots to try which we did and about everywhere we went we got atleast one new bird. They said to try out the Arizona trail which the parking is across the road and we didn't see the trail head until we were pulling out to head back to the hotel. Oh well, we had a good first day.

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