Our first full day was to be spent in the hills around Arivaca, AZ. Tim planned on prospecting for gold while I searched for birds. The area is very arid with rolling hills.
This day was also Scarlett’s 2nd Birthday! 🙂
On the way to the hills, we passed through the small town of Arivaca. Among the tall trees around town, vultures were warming themselves up for a day of soaring. I was happily surprised to see both Black and Turkey Vultures.
We finally made it to the hills. The views were expansive.
As soon as I got out of the truck, I heard birdsong everywhere. I thought to myself, “this is going to be a good day!” 🙂
On my list of birds to find, was the Rufous-Winged Sparrow. As we were driving along the road to our destination, I figured I better play its song so I knew what to look for. We had the windows down in the truck. When I played the recording of the birdsong, we heard one reply outside the window. Bingo!!! I was gonna see this new bird for me! And almost as soon as I started exploring around the truck, I saw one singing in a large bush.
I had a great time hiking the area. I saw so many birds. As barren as the place looked, it was really full of life.
One bird I saw and heard everywhere was the Lucy’s Warbler. But it was a challenge trying to get a photograph of this quick, tiny bird!
Another bird I heard often was the Bewick’s Wren. But in this part of the country, it’s song is way more simplified than where I live. So it took me a while to realize it was the same species.
I saw a few butterflies that day as well. Most of them were new butterflies for me. My friend Joe will hopefully tell me if I’ve incorrectly identified any.
Near the end of the day, we decided to move to a different area so Tim could explore a different gold claim. I was surprised at how the area offered different birds even though we only drove a few miles.
We had a wonderful day together. The weather was gorgeous, the birds plentiful and fun times exploring. More fun ahead!