After finishing up my Panama series, I thought I'd bring birders a little closer to the US border. Now I know that Mexico hasn't had a lot of great press lately so hear me out:) Arizonan birders are very lucky to be surrounded by great states like California, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Nevada. But so many people often forget the "other" state located just a few hours south of Tucson. In my next series, I will highlight two places that are must visits in the state of Sonora, Mexico. There are certainly more, but these places are VERY close to Arizona....and full of great birds!
|This horse blocked my path to the nesting Rose-throated Becard!|
The ranch is also home to a wide variety of habitats including mesquite forest, a riparian area with an active stream, canyon area, and desert.
Much to his delight(and mine), it didn't take my birding bud long to find the Green Kingfisher. Everyone was excited by this incredibly beautiful bird. I myself was hoping for a good look at the Five-striped Sparrows. Sometimes, they can be very tricky to locate in Southern Arizona around areas like Peña Blanca Lake or Montosa Canyon. At the ranch they were behind our bedroom all along the hillside. In fact, it was the most common sparrow found around the area.
|Five-striped Sparrow- a little pic fun....do you see it?:)|
|a meadow near the stream|
|Nearby Mission Cocospera|
|Lowland Leopard Frog|
Bleary eyed after my trip to Guatemala, I woke up one morning and birded in my pajamas around the property and ran into an angry mother javelina. I am so focused on the birds that I forget to look around me at times. In the case of this javelina, I saw 8 walk past me on the trail so I waited from a distance. When all was clear, I moved forward. Suddenly a mother popped out on the trail with her two little ones. This time I was only feet away from her......and she growled. Alone, I began to consider my options. Javelina have poor eyesight and there was a concrete block I could run and jump on. If she tried biting me, I'd have to punch her in the nose. Luckily, none of that happened. I slowly backed away keeping my eyes on the cute little babies.....and Mom. She growled again. Still too close. I backed away further and she continued across the road allowing me a quick pic to remember the experience. Everyone was still waking up and I was alone not too far from the ranch:)
|An angry momma Javelina|
For more information, check out their link here. Contact information is on their website. We planned this trip several months in advance and were so glad we did. The owner is a very friendly man who cares deeply for the environment. The ranch is an important study site for both the US and Mexico as Jaguars do pass through the area. We felt safe and our group had a great time out in the field. I hope you'll join Birding is Fun again when we explore a popular beach destination for Arizonans in Rocky Point, Mexico. We'll visit "Bird" Island and comb the beaches for those wonderful feathered feathered friends of ours. Until next time.....Happy Birding!!