One of my favorite places to bird in Saguaro National Park is the Javalina Picnic area of the Rincon Mountain Unit. You do not have to drive the entire Cactus Forest Loop road to get here. After passing through the gate you just turn right and follow the road to the end. If you are smart you will have brought your breakfast or lunch or cup of coffee, but either way, you just pick out a picnic table and sit down and wait for the birds to come to you! While you are waiting you can drink your coffee or tea, or cold beverage in the summer time and relax. Just make sure you have your camera ready, because the birds will get up close and personal with you! I drove here after finding the Crissal thrasher with Chris and though there were lots of people, there were also lots of birds! This is the same place we took Cynthia to when she visited a week before.
I just want to give a big shout out to all of our National Parks and Refuges which are under threat from the sequester. As citizens we have already paid for these parks. They are our heritage and the preservation of our natural future. They provide beauty, recreation, and peace for us, and habitat for wildlife. We need to continue to fund these parks. They need to stay open! Every year I buy the interagency pass so that I can visit as often as I like. They are my favorite playground. Please support your National Parks and hug a ranger while you’re at it! (or at least tell them thank you!)
Happy Birthday to my favorite park ranger, Gaelyn!
Towhee on Trash Can. Nesting material anyone?