Southeast Arizona is an extraordinary local for birds, so it became my destination. Left home yesterday, and today I started my birding tour with the Sonora Desert Museum just outside of Tucson.
The last time I visited the museum was in 1999. The museum is actually more of a zoological & botantical gardens carved out of the natural desert landscape. Not much interesting to tell of my little tour of the facility other than what happened before I even made my way to the front gates.
Two museum employees with long poles were poking around in the desert shrubbery. I thought 'Rattlesnake!'
They told me they were after a devilishly tricky critter that was eating up all the delicate and rare lizards in a zoo exhibit - a roadrunner. They were not running a Roadrunner cafe so the bird was being coaxed into finding it's lunch elsewhere.
I was amused;The roadrunner in question, was not.
When I left, the bird was still reluctantly traveling three feet forward & two feet back, with the men and poles in pursuit.
The Museum was as nice as I remembered it to be, and as with my last visit, I discovered the free parking lot was as much fun for a birder as the pay-to-get-in facilities. When I left the park I meandered the parking lot, finding uncooperative photograph-wise Gambel's Quail, lots of Verdin (a desert tit) and a nice cooperative Curve-billed Thrasher.
|I said the bird was cooperative. I did not say it wasn't cranky.|
|View from the Saguaro National Park's visitor center|
|Forest of Saguaro|
|I feel thirsty and hot just looking at this otherwise awesome scenery|
|The Cactus Wren is standing on Saguaro Cactus flower stalks.|
Poor me! Those flower buds totally creep me out - look like pimples.