The 400 Bird Quest - 168

Count Update: 168/400

In our last few days in Arizona we enjoyed visiting, sightseeing, hiking and birding with friends.  We got to experience the rare lunar ellipse, blue moon, blood moon combo.  I took these 2 photos just minutes apart.

Blood blue full moon 2018 AZ 2 feb 7.JPG
Blood blue full moon 2018 AZ feb 7.JPG

Here are petroglyphs etched in rock long ago by the native Americas.   I guess westerners did not invent graffiti after all?

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In the Gila Mountains of New Mexico I picked up Pygmy Nuthatch, Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers, Mountain Chickadee, and Green-tailed Towhee.

I also had a remarkable day-hike that included Devil’s Hall canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains on the New Mexico/Texas border.   This hike included impressivs rock formations from narrow slot areas to a natural amplitheater.  

Devil's Hall Gaudalupe Mountions TX  1 feb 7.JPG
Devil's Hall Gaudalupe Mountions TX  2 feb 7.JPG

The area was parched for rain and the stream bed was bone dry except for one shaded very deep hole in solid stone.   That water attracted many birds including this junco and the  Townsend’s Solitaire and Hermit Thrush which are rarely photographed together.    Hermit thrushes mostly stay low in the forest brush.

 Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

 L to R:  Townsend Solataire and  Hermit Thush

L to R:  Townsend Solataire and  Hermit Thush

Jim is attempting to find and identify 400 different species of birds in the USA in 2018.