Seeing birds there is not that easy, at least at this time of year. I think it would probably be easier in spring or summer when the birds are more vocal and active, but since I haven't been there at those seasons, I can't say for sure. Autumn is a bit of a challenge because the birds tend to be quieter and more hidden, and it's often difficult to pick them out in this environment of rocks and cacti, but sometimes you get lucky.
I did manage to add six new birds to my life list and probably could have added a lot more if I were a better identifier. There were a lot of warblers there in the areas that have cottonwood trees and I have no doubt there were some that I had not seen before that I was unable to identify. I did take lots of pictures and some of them are of birds that I wasn't able to identify in the field. I'm hoping a closer examination of those pictures may help me to add one or two more to my life list.
I'll be posting many of those pictures here in coming days and weeks, but for now, let me show you just one wonderful bird from the trip, one of the last birds that I photographed there.
light color phase of that wonderful creature. I can only remember ever having seen one before and it was not nearly as light as this one. There are so many variations of color in that species, ranging from almost black to almost white. Mother Nature does love to confuse us.
I have about four hundred pictures from the trip, not all of them birds. A lot of them are rocks or mountains or vegetation and a few reptiles and butterflies. I look forward to sharing some of them with you in future posts. Meantime, as wonderful as the trip was, it is good to be home.