Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Montezuma's Well National Monument

Greetings from Green Valley, AZ

Over the past couple of weeks I have traveled all over Arizona and have seen many birds as well as other wildlife.  I have been working almost every day so haven't had much time to post anything about my sightings/travels.  I decided to take a few days off and head to southeast Arizona to look for the many specialty species as well as a few rare birds that have shown up such as Plain-capped Starthroat.

A couple weeks ago I was able to help out in a different project conducted by RMBO by completing a couple bird surveys in riparian areas of Montezuma's Castle and Well.  This area is about an hour north of Phoenix but has some of the specialty species that are easier to find in the southeastern portion of Arizona such as Brown-crested Flycatcher and Bridled Titmouse.  It also has nesting Common Black-Hawks, a specialty species of Arizona.

While the birding is great, the most impressive aspect of the monument is the cliff dwellings and the well that are on the property.  I had never seen cliff dwellings before and they were as impressive as I had imagined.

Cliff dwellings at Montezuma's Well

Montezuma's Well-you can see the cliff dwellings across the well.

Another portion of the cliff dwellings.
-Eric

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