Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birdwatching in the Southwest - Southern Arizona

(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).

We went off of our planned itinerary (so what else is new?) to do some bird watching. A sidebar in Frommer's Arizona and the Grand Canyon pointed us to Ramsey Canyon, south of Sierra Vista, AZ. This area was described as a great place to see hummingbirds. So off we went.

The Ramsey Canyon Preserve is part of the Nature Conservancy and there was a $5 entrance fee, good for re-admittance for a week's time. Near the entrance were several hummingbird feeders and benches. We got there late in the afternoon and simply sat and enjoyed watching the birds. We returned the next morning to hike part of the preserve and to continue our bird watching.

As a special treat, we got to see a roadrunner cross the approach road both on our way to the canyon and on our return. Pretty neat.

Our second specific bird watching stop in Arizona was Madera Canyon, located south of Tucson. There were lots of different feeders set up, meant for different birds and how they feed. There were hummingbird feeders, of course, ground feeders, suet feeders, hanging feeders and feeding stands.

We spotted birds new to both of us and enjoyed our side trips to the canyons.

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