Having left Organ Pipe National Monument last Friday to do some birding in Southeast Arizona, we are now staying outside of Huachuca City near Sierra Vista, Arizona and Fort Huachuca. We are living it up at an R/V Park called Quail Ridge with full hookups. Nice.
Early yesterday morning we drove about 40 miles west from here to Patagonia Lake for our first birding adventure. The trail we took was at the head of the lake where Sonoita Creek makes it’s entrance into Patagonia Lake. The trail we were on was quite near the water and well shaded by low trees. As we were walking along the trail something caught my eye about 20 feet or so ahead. From the shape of the bird I said to Kay, “Trogon!” And it was indeed a young Elegant Trogon:
Both of us and the juvenile trogon made our ways down the trail. He would let us come to within about 10 feet of him then fly ahead 20 feet and stop and watch us. He was a sight to behold.
For you non- birders out there, seeing an Elegant Trogon is a very big deal. They are quite rare and his is the only part of the U.S. where you really stand a chance of seeing one. The are a Mexican bird. The other birdie highlights from yesterday were the Broad-billed Hummingbird, the Violet-crowned Hummingbird, the Rock Wren, and Vermilion Flycatchers.
All of that happened before 10 in the morning. From Patagonia we headed back east across the San Pedro River , stopping for a picnic in the ghost town of Fairbank, and then pressed on to Tombstone, Arizona.
Tombstone, you think ….. Probably a tourist trap….. You are correct. No surprise there. Anyway the place was fairly quiet this being a Tuesday in April. We went to Boot Hill Cemetery:
Someone is still putting flowers on the Clanton’s graves…kind of weird. But then take a gander at a few of the locals:
Scary. The man with the tambourine should be arrested for frightening you children (note the girl sitting on the bench). Anyway, yesterday was a rather eclectic day . YeeHaa.