Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Taste of Mexico

Traveling down to Mexico in this VW bus was a memorable experience.
While in Mexico, I was able to pick up a few new birds for my Mexico list
such as Lark Sparrow, Violet-green Swallow, and Gambel's Quail.

Eric writes: Greetings from Johnson City, TX

If you've never been to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona, there's no better time than now.  In past years, much of the park has been closed due to illegal activity relating to the United States-Mexico border but it is now completely open to the public.  I was there conducting breeding bird surveys but most of the highlights came in the afternoon, after completing the surveys.  

Here are some photos from the week I spent there:

The US-Mexico border from the Mexico side.
Western Diamondback from Organ Pipe.  In one day, we had 8 rattlesnakes of 3 species.
The first Sidewinder I had ever seen.  We saw 5 on this night.
A Western Diamondback that was very well hidden.

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