BTA or Bust

Imp Bird Area_edited-1

BTA is Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, AZ, which is a “birding hotspot,” but it was a bust when we went last weekend. But I like to write some bird-light or bird-free posts now and then so this will be very bird-light.

Since the birds were few and far between, this suspension bridge over (dry) Queen Creek was my favorite part of the day.

Bridge 1

Bridge 2

Bridge 3

And, we saw a little fall color.

Path 2


Fall Colors

Prickly Pear

If it had been butterflies we were looking for, it would have been a great day even though they almost never stopped moving.

QueenQueen Butterfly

AdmiralAdmiral Butterfly

The birds were laying low, apparently, in the bazillions of trees there but these guys were willing to pose:

Cactus WrenCactus Wren

FinchHouse Finch, male

Snake TrailSnake Trail

Turtle Island


I did get 2 lifers which is better than nothing but the photos are pretty pathetic:

Canyon TowheeCanyon Towhee

Dark-Eyed JuncoDark-eyed Junco (Oregon variant)

Root 1

Root 2

Sag Bloom



*A few of these photos were taken by Tony 🙂

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5 thoughts on “BTA or Bust

  1. It is a very beautiful protected area for nature !! you made beautiful views and I also appreciate the extraordinary vegetation and cactus – the admiral, as we also have butterfly – Good weekend

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