Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ash Canyon B & B – Lucifer Hummingbird

After the excitement of seeing the Montezuma Quail, Rick and I headed out to Ash Canyon B & B.  Mary Jo Ballator, our host and the Owner, has Lucifer Hummingbirds breeding in the area and they regularly visit her feeding … Continue reading

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Montezuma Quail and Elf Owl – Battiste’s Bed and Birds

As we drove the 20 minutes back to the ground feeder, I thought about how many times I had tried to find these Quail.  This was my 7th time in Arizona plus 3 trips to Texas, and each time I had a … Continue reading

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Day 6 – Beatty’s Guest Ranch – Sierra Vista – Spotted Owl, Red-faced Warbler, Virginia’s Warbler

We arrived at Beatty’s Guest Ranch late in the day and were greeted by Tom Beatty Jr., and shown to our cabin. I thought their dogs would make noise every time we walked in or out but it was not the … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Black-capped Gnatcatcher and Thick-billed Kingbird

Let me start out by saying that it is the 3rd time I have searched for the Rufous-capped Warbler in Florida Canyon.  It is also the 3rd time I took a left at the gate.  Of course it goes without saying that it’s … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Tucson, Arizona Area – Day 1 with Melody Kehl – www.Melody’

Rick had arranged for Melody Kehl of Melody’s Birding Adventures to guide us in the Tucson area. This would be the first time I had ever been out with a guide in my 10 year Birdquest, so I was a … Continue reading

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Day 4 – California Gulch and Ruby Road – Five-striped Sparrow

Melody arrived at our hotel at 4:30 am and we were both raring to go. We had a 55 mile drive to Arivica, then another 35 miles of dirt roads to California Gulch. California Gulch is an area near the Mexican border.  This … Continue reading

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ABA Hummingbirds

No trip to Arizona is complete without mentioning Hummingbirds. Over the years I’ve seen all of the 14 common Hummingbirds and a few of the rarer ones. The Lucifer and Berrylline Hummingbirds have evaded my camera lens (just too dark), … Continue reading

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