Arizona, May 2014 travel blog

Black-throated sparrow

Mexican whip-poor-will


White-winged dove

Acorn woodpecker

House wren




Flowering cactus

One of many Chuparosa's sitting areas

Container plant

Mon May 12, 2014 Madera Canyon / Chuparosa B&B / Birding

We hiked the Carrie Nation trail again this morning, and again no trogon. Locals are saying the exceptionally dry winter/spring is discouraging the trogons whose habitat is riverbeds that have unfortunately dried up. We did get a few life birds: hermit warbler, Mexican whip-poor-will, olive warbler, and spotted towhee. There are many birders on this trail, and it’s always interesting to chat with them. We learned that a man died of a heart attack hiking this trail, and another had a heart attack here and survived. Each birder has a favorite trail they suggest, and I am overwhelmed with directions. “Go to the third trailhead south of the fork in the road, hike 3/4 of a mile, cross the river bed, it’s dry now, be careful not to twist your ankle here, then go right for 200 yards and at the big rock turn…)” You get the picture. And we have done several of these and got life birds, but not necessarily the target bird of the hike.

We hit the Proctor Rd trailhead and got two life birds: white-winged dove and black-throated sparrow. There is a gift shop along this road, of course I had to hit it, got a cute wire owl wall hanging.

It’s another beautiful day to be out hiking. Sunny and 70s. The Chuparosa B&B has been wonderful, wish we had more time to just sit and relax here. They have several water features, many potted plants, and many bird feeders to attract a variety of birds. I could spend a month here.

This is our last night here, tomorrow we head to Patagonia for a few hours, then on to Hereford and our next B&B, Casa de San Pedro. They have a pool, yea! Sure could use a hot tub tonight!

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