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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wed. Wings-Birding with Tucson Friends

Its been a while since I posted a blog and I can't wait to share with you the wonderful time I had birding with fellow birder/bloggers Kathie Brown and Chris Rohrer in beautiful Tucson, Az. We met at a Starbucks and I had the pleasure of meeting Kathie for the first time in person. It didn't take but a minute and I knew what a wonderful person she is. I had already birded with Chris on another occasion and this combination of knowledge and professionalism made for a great experience. Chris and Kathy assured me I would view (and most likely photo) all the birds on my wish list - and they delivered!   

      We spent the morning at Sweetwater Wetlands.  A birder paradise nestled in the heart of Tucson, hard to find but worth the many road construction detours.  I went crazy, taking what seemed a million photos. 
Here' s a few .... 


                                                             " Sweetwater Wetlands"
50 bird species recorded & submitted to E-bird by Kathie Brown and Chris Rohrer

Black and white Warbler

Summer Tanager (f) 


                                                                             
                                                                       
Common Moorhen

Song Sparrow

Sora 

Yellow-headed Blackbird

                                                                 The morning went by fast and the outdoor temperature steadily rising into the 70's.  After we had a very nice lunch at Francisco's, Kathy and Chris decided that for me to see more life birds we needed to take a trip to Reid Park. The park was very crowded with a Spring training baseball game being played  and picnickers enjoying the warm weather. We worried that the crowds maybe scared off the birds but it didn't, as they were all there:)


                                                                         " Reid Park"
 19 bird species recorded & submitted to E-bird by Kathie Brown & Chris Rohrer


                                                                  Common Merganser (F)

Wigeon

                                                      Black-crowned Night Heron (adult)
                                                            Vermilion Flycatcher (m)
Not a lifer, but Egrets beg to be photographed:)
                                                                

                             Last but not least, we ended our birding day at Saguaro National Park.  This Park is gorgeous and I can only imagine what it must look like when the wildflowers are in full bloom in a few weeks time.  This is a great wildlife and birding destination if you visit the Tucson area with nice trails and picnic areas. 


                                                              " Saguaro National Park
12 bird species recorded and submitted to E-bird by Kathie Brown  and Chris Rohrer
         
                                                                
                                        Thanks to Kathie and her very keen eye,  I never EVER would imagine to see and photo  a Great-horned Owl resting on top of a saguaro cactus!  We all agreed this was the highlight of the day.                          
                                        Also, Northern Cardinals in the desert ................ wow!
Northern Cardinal (m)

Northern Cardinal (f)

                                                                    Black-throated Sparrow
   
Curve-billed Thrashers

At the close of this amazing day I have to thank Kathie and Chris for a wonderful birding experience. They are experts at all that is birding - identifying, counting and submitting  important data each time they bird. I am  so grateful that they took the time and patience to show me their world:)   

Cynthia, Chris, Kathy     3/2/2013



       Happy Birding !!                                 




                                                                  

  

                                               
                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                       

















                 














                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       









11 comments:

Laurence Butler said...

Looks like a great trip!

Lovely photos Cynthia. Thanks for sharing : )

dAwN said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip with three very special people..you included.with the three.
Happy you saw such great birds!

Kelly Rishor said...

Cynthia, looks like a very successful trip. Love all the photos. You all dd a great job of spotting some Tucson beauties. See you soon.

Kathie Brown said...

Cynthia, your photos came out beautifully and it was a pleasure to meet you and go birding together! I'm glad you had such a good time!

Julie G. said...

Cynthia, sounds like you spent a marvelous day birding with Chris and Kathie. I truly enjoyed scrolling through all of your wonderful photographs! Super post!

Rohrerbot said...

Most excellent shots!!! So glad you had fun. I had a blast with you as always. We'll have to do it again. You'll have to make a more challenging list next time;) I see hummingbirds in the forecast:)

Cynthia White said...

Thank you very kindly Laurence,Dawn,Kelly(yes,see you soon!)Kathie,Julie and Chris!! It was amazing and so much fun.

Cindy said...

Excellent post! What a great day.. I especially love the Vermillion Flycatcher!

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

You sure hit the jackpot, so many great birds and such an enjoyable time with friends. Great post, enjoyed each and every picture!

Ernie Allison said...

Hi Cynthia,
I always enjoy fellow birding stories!I was wondering if you ever accept guest articles on your blog. I have an article called "The Value of Birds in Your Yard" that would be a good fit for your site, and if you'd care to see this or any of my writing samples, please get in touch. I'd love to contribute something. If interested, please email me back at ernie.allison63@gmail.com
Thanks and Happy Birding,
Ernie

Ernie Allison said...

Hey Cynthia,
Have you had time to consider the guest article I suggested?
All the best,
Ernie