Arizona, 2005

Everyone told us we were nuts to go to Arizona in July, and it was unbelivably hot (115 the day we arrived)! We had a great time though, with some days birding on our own and some with trips that were part of the American BIrding Association convention. Here are a few images - click on each thumbnail to enlarge it.

Taliesin West
Fountain at Taliesin West
Courtyard at Taliesin West
A few images from Taliesin West, built by Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices. It was 115 degrees!
Sonoran Desert
Prickly Pear
The view north from Taliesin
Sonoran Desert
Prickly pear flowers
Santa Catalina Mountains
Mount Lemmon
The Santa Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson
Saguaro Cactus
The view out our hotel window - this is Mount Lemmon
Beatty's Guest Ranch
Hummingbird watchers
Beatty's Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon - this is the lower of the 3 hummingbird feeding stations
Marty and a few other folk watching hummingbirds
A male Black-chinned and a couple of female Anna's hummingbirds.
Another male Broadtailed.
White Eared
3 Anna's
3 Anna's
The Blue-throated, Magnificent and Lucifer Hummingbirds did not stay still long enough to get photographed, and the lone Calliope came and went so fast that only a few in the group got to see him - Marty was one of the lucky ones. There was also a Magnificent-Berryline hybrid, so it was an 11 hummer species day!
Patagonia Rest
Monsoon rains
We were surprised by how much was lush and green in the midst of the desert.
The famous Patagonia Roadside Rest - where we found a pair of nesting Rose-Throated Becard
Summer monsoon rains in the distance
Sunrise on Mount Lemmon
Sunrise on Mount Lemmon
Sunrise on Mount Lemmon
Sunrise on Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains
Mount Lemmon
Some of our group
Mount Lemmon
More of the group hunting for some elusive bird
Tucson from Mount Lemmon
Mount Lemmon
Top of Mount Lemmon
The view from the top of Mount Lemmon
Yes, this is Tucson - the habitat at the top of the mountains is more like the top of the Rockies instead of the desert!

Arizona Trip List


135 Species

Edited 8/10/2005