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  1. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    Glad you liked it. I expected it would be a two day read though! Steve
  2. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    Thank you, John. We saw a great many lizards and a Desert Kingsnake in additiion to the two mentioned in the report. Photos of all the undomesticated mammals we saw. The species of deer is unknown. I understand there are Mule Deer, with large ears, (are these "large"?) and White-tailed Deer...
  3. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    Though I've put quite a few hours into this report, i could edit it forever, adding or subtracting details and photos. I may add eBird report links some day but migration season is just beginning here in western North Carolina and I'd rather be birding! Here's hoping to stir up memories for...
  4. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 31 Our final day was spent in the east section of Saguaro National Park. We were here mainly for the hope of finding a Gila Monster, a venomous lizard that can reach 2 feet (.6M) in length and 5 pounds in weight. They are slow moving and like spending time underground, about 90% of the...
  5. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    Lake Cochise.
  6. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 30 Our plan was to leave the area later in the day. An hour and a half on South Fork road in the morning hours produced a nice selection of western species, including Trogons, Black Phoebe, Canyon Wrens, Grace’s warblers, Painted Redstarts, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Spotted Towhees, Mexican...
  7. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    Same day.
  8. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 29 There was one particular species we wanted to while in the area. The desert scrub of yucca and mesquite was favored habitat for Bendire’s Thrasher. Not a showy bird, the Bendire’s looked similar to the more common Curve-billed Thrasher. By eBird reports, the best location was long...
  9. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    Last two from the same day.
  10. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    Dave Jasper's NEW place.
  11. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 28 Waking to a softly tooting Whiskered Screech-Owl, we broke camp, drove half the distance back to Onion Saddle and were searching for the Slate-throated Redstart by 6:30. In less than 10 minutes, Liz located the bird in thick brush on the uphill slope. Good views were had as it foraged...
  12. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    West to the Chiracahuas.
  13. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 27 This bright morning, we returned to the Brown Canyon trail and walked the road that led through grasslands speckled with stunted oaks, mesquite and other desert specialties. Our walk started with great views of a singing Botteri’s Sparrow and an immature Golden Eagle. Phainopepla’s...
  14. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 26 Prior to breakfast and our return hike up for the Tufted Flycatcher, we drove out of the canyon to where the flat desert took over the landscape and parked at the Brown Canyon trailhead adjacent to Ramsey Canyon Road. Oddly enough, there was a paved bike trail along the road and we...
  15. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    From Mary Joe's Ash Canyon B&B.
  16. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 25 Birding the grounds and road in the early morning hours was productive. Yesterday’s Magnificent Hummingbirds are now known as Rivoli’s Hummingbirds. We found Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Black-throated Gray, Hepatic, Summer and Western Tanagers and other more common species. Back at...
  17. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    From Ramsey Canyon.
  18. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 24- The birding day started just after 5 am when I scanned the yard for a few minutes. The Harris Hawk was up early on his usual position atop the power pole. Plenty of Dove activity with Eurasian Collared-Doves, White-winged and Mourning smiling back and forth. One Gambel’s Quail called...
  19. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 23- Which canyon to choose? More choices than we had time for, locations for our target birds helped make that decision. In hindsight, I can’t say what made us choose Miller Canyon that day. Beatty’s Guest Ranch, well-known for its hummingbird feeders, was at the head of the canyon but we...
  20. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    More from the same day.
  21. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 22- Our south of town location was ideal for visiting the various canyons in the Huachuca Mountains. The Army’s military base of Fort Huachuca held access to several of them, Huachuca, Garden, Brown, Sawmill and Sheelite Canyons are all accessed through the fort’s main gate and heavy...
  22. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    Two from Paton's.
  23. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 21- On a 60 degree morning, we packed our camping gear. Leaving the area meant no more chances at the Gnatcatcher. Optimism often returns after a night’s sleep so we decided to try walking the Florida Canyon road one more time, concentrating on the area near the Work Center. Expected...
  24. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    From upper elevations.
  25. Hamhed

    Southeast Arizona, May 2017

    May 20- Elf Owls and the Whip-poor-will sounded off in the early morning hours. Waking to those sounds made being on that hard ground seem more bearable. Breakfast was early on this 54 degree ( C), clear morning and we started the day where we finished - the Proctor parking lot. You might...
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