Birding Arizona

Day one started at 2:30 in the morning, when our lovely new puppy woke me up fifteen minutes before my alarm.

I haven’t mentioned Kirby on here. We found her while out bird watching, of course, an 8 week old dumped puppy. She’s adorable, and willful.

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Anyhow, once at the gate for our jest flight, we spotted a kingfisher:

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Real or not, it seemed like a good sign (hah!) for the start of our birding trip.

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It’s kind of insane how many ancient saguaros are around, and they all have birds nesting in them.

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We visited the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. They are using treated waste water to reclaim and preserve riparian habitat. It’s an amazing place to bird, with a vast array of habitat, and it’s about fifteen minutes from the Phoenix airport.

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Another good sign! Ha.

We also visited Tonto National Forest.

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Top that off with a brilliant Thai dinner while watching Anthony Bourdain in pur hotel room? Not shabby for a travel day. Four life birds. The count is up to 490.

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