Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Surveying Birds in Southeast Arizona

Eric writes:
Greetings from Tucson, AZ

For about the past week I have been conducting bird surveys in Saguaro National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  I haven't been taking a camera out with me but I think that will change . . . there are just so many photo ops!  Luckily, my ipod has a camera, and while the quality isn't good at least it is something.  

Here are a few pics to show one of the areas that I surveyed in:

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake-I hiked in about a
mile on a trail then had to cut off to get to my transect.
I picked the right spot, this rattlesnake was about 10 feet
off the trail.

A beautiful canyon that was next to my transect.  Some nice migrants such
as Pacific-slope and Hammond's Flycatcher were in this canyon.

The same canyon as above-Canyon and Rock
Wrens were present, as well as Black-chinned and
Costa's Hummingbird.

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