Back at the beginning of October I took a trip to Portal overnight to spend some time birding with my friends Cynthia White and Donna Simonetti. I also got to meet Linda Rockwell for the first time. While these girls had been birding and partying all week long, I was only there for the last night and the next morning. Still, we had a great time and Donna and I saw lots of birds and watched the stars! I have more stories and photos to share but I just wanted to tempt you with a little peek at what’s ahead! This little juvenile male cardinal was hiding in the bushes near Cave Creek Ranch where we went Thursday night and Friday morning to watch birds and wildlife at the feeders.