Sunday, March 25, 2012

Birding at Sweetwater Wetlands

Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Red-winged Blackbird

Solitary Sandpiper

My husband and I went on a bird outing with a group to the Sweetwater Wetlands in Northwest Tuscon. We had 2 birding experts with the group.This is the first time I have been here. As soon as we stepped out of our car we could hear birds everywhere! I saw 19 new birds. My daughter and I went again today and I added a Harris Hawk and European Starling to my list. These bird photos were taken by my husband.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Joy of Birding

I've taken up the wonderful new hobby of birding. My daughter, Christina, got me interested after she watched a fun movie called The Big Year. My husband loves to come along to take some of the photos of the birds we see. I live in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona. We love to hike and birding makes hiking even more enjoyable. We are always on the lookout for these little treasures hiding in bushes, trees, on cactus and flying through the air. The photo below is the road to Sabino Canyon used by walkers and  bicyclists. 
There are many trails to take along the way that go up into the mountains or down to the Sabino Creek. And of course there are many birds to see along the way. 

The Gila Woodpecker  (pronounced hela with a long e)  

The Cactus Wren is our state bird.