The Birds in My ‘Hood

Arizona’s species list of around 550 birds is the highest of any state without an ocean coastline. The total is aided by quite a few rare vagrants that occasionally cross the border from Mexico, such as Flame-colored Tanager and Streak-backed Oriole. Come along with me as I introduce you to just a few of the beautiful birds – some of them rare that have found their way to my little patch.

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The Road to Mount Ord is Not for Wimps

I’m discovering that reaching some of Arizona’s most interesting birding sites requires a certain amount of commitment. Whether it’s time, vehicle requirements or sheer guts, you often have to give a lot in order to get something in return. The drive to Mount Ord is the perfect example. Between the fist-clenching moments around every switchback and the bump and grind of the rocky road, you must go slowly, not only for the sake of your vehicle and the comfort of your passengers, but because you never know what you’ll see coming around the next corner….

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