We found a Groupon for the Sonoran Desert Museum, so we made a weekend of it. The Desert Museum is located in Tucson and was worth the trip. Not only does it showcase the many types of plants found in the desert on its 2 acre grounds, but it has a "cave" to explore and live animal exhibits.
The cave entrance
My what big bat ears you have Anna!
Examples of the many minerals and gemstones
found in the Sonoran Desert
Petrified sloth poop, but to the untrained eye, it
looks more like Wooly Mammoth poop, right Jean? :)
And the scenery was beautiful....It was VERY hot that day (the desert is hot! Who knew?), so they have free sunscreen dispensers in the bathrooms and stations to refill your water bottles!
We saw some live animals, some as part of the museum, and some just visiting.
Prairie dogs live in the desert too!
This guy is just a visitor
A Harris Hawk
No, two Harris Hawks! Cool
Bye bye Harris Hawk! Thanks for posing for pictures!
There were lots of hummingbirds!
I took 10 photos of this one before the red showed up in the sun.
Otherwise he looks kind of dull
A baby in the nest - not even two inches tall and about
as big a round as a 50 cent piece! Old eagle eye spotted this one!
Good eye Noel!
This lizard reminds me of Simba, overlooking his domain
I hope to see one of these in the wild before we leave Arizona
Trivia Question: What song mentions the "White Winged Dove"?
We spent the night at a Comfort Inn in Tucson, and the next morning got up before 6 am to head to Madera Canyon to do some bird watching.
Heading up the trail, water packs on.
It wasn't long before we stopped to drink!
We saw lots of birds and there dozens of other people on the trails that helped us identify some of the birds we were seeing. I guess we were really lucky to see this Elegant Trogon! Not only had we never seen it before, Noel had never even heard of it before (and he knows everything!). It wasn't even in our North American Bird guide.
We also saw dozens of warblers and tiny, flitting birds! Now before you go and think, wow, she is such a good photographer, most of my pictures were like this:
Out of focus....
See that tiny bird? No? That's because its already gone! I have a
lot of these shots! Those little suckers are fast!
Or lots of butt shots. I swear they wouldn't turn around on purpose!
Someone told us this is a Red Start. It doesn't look like the ones
in our book, so not sure what it is.
Click on pics to make them bigger. This is a pretty warbler of some type
I liked the Mexican Blue Jays. They are big and practically posed while I tried to find them in the viewfinder, zoom in, focus and then shoot.
We saw people taking pictures of something on the ground. It was a Gila Monster! A big fat one!
After our morning hike, we drove to Tubac, Arizona for some lunch and some art browsing. Tubac is a cute little historic mining town with a large artist community. Because it is so close to the border with Mexico, there is a large influence of Mexican art as well, which is so colorful!
Now that's a bird I can photograph!
I bought some Chili Chocolate Honey Caramel. OMG! You must try it!
Hey! Who's THAT guy?
So today is laundry, rest, read and make jewelry day! Enjoy your week!