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Monday, September 3, 2012

Tuscon Arizona: Warblers in the Mountains

After we spent the morning with the butterfly group we took off on our own for some birding. The mountain is known for its fantastic birding, especially warblers and I was excited to start finding some new birds. We drove up and it was a beautiful drive. I keep saying it but I just love love this part of Arizona, other than the heat.

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One of the highlights of this mountain is the view from Incinerator Ridge. It is also a key place to try for Warblers. You know we tried six different locations on this mountain and the only place we found anything. As in we didn't find a single bird anywhere else, it was ridiculous. In fact at frustrated we ended up returning back to Incinerator Ridge.

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We also decided to just have a snack instead of lunch. We would be eating a large dinner soon and it was more time to bird. It was like a picnic with the best view ever.

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Warblers are always on the move. They won't stay still. One second they are going up, the next second they are going down and then the very next moment they are clear cross in another tree. As I get better with photography and better setting up the camera settings to the environment I am in and better at tracking the birds through the telephoto lens I end up with more photos that work. But warblers... warblers are probably one of the hardest birds to photograph. I got to see five new warblers on this trip which is PHENOMENAL. Five new birds to cross off my Nerdy Birdy List!

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GRACE'S WARBLER

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GRACE'S WARBLER

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PAINTED REDSTART

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RED FACED WARBLER

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TENESSE WARBLER

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TENESSE WARBLER

Of course not every bird can be a new bird. I saw three that I already have seen before but I got much better photos of them than the last time i saw these. That is the beauty of birding, no matter how many times you go, even if you only ever see the same thing, you can always get a better photo and joy from seeing a beautiful bird!

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BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER

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HERMIT WARBLER

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HERMIT WARBLER

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HERMIT WARBLER FEMALE

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TOWNSEND'S WARBLER

We had a pretty tight schedule so promptly at 4 we headed down the mountain. We ended up meeting the butterfly group for dinner. They were super excited about seeing a rare moth. And we had fun telling them all about our birding finds. We ate dinner at an all organic restaurant that had the best spaghetti I have ever had in a restaurant. They make their sauce from fresh tomatoes and it tasted like sunshine deliciousness.

Of course it wasnt all fun. After dinner and we said our goodbyes we had to repack all our bags and put away the gear we used for the day. Since we no longer had our hotel room to repack we had to just make do with the car. Let me tell you trying to get everything organized was not fun. But finally we were off, to drop off the rental car, get on our plane and get home. I had my laptop out and was looking at my photos the whole plane ride. What a fantastic trip of a lifetime!

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4 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

I love how you and your new friends find all the cool birds. I'll have to visit the Incinerator next time I'm in Arizona. What a perfect name for an Arizona haunt.

paul peggy zeus said...

I love how your new friends help you find all the beautiful birds! I'll have to visit the incinerator next time I'm in Arizona. Beautiful pics!

Jess said...

For some reason I just want to rub all their fuzzy, feathery, little heads.

Jennifer Arens said...

What a warbaful day! Are the pins places you've been or the birding group?

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