Snoopy was our “target” on the day trip we took to Sedona, Jerome, and Prescott last week with Tony’s sister and her husband (Terri and Jim), visiting from Illinois. We found him pretty quickly and went on to see other sights.
Look at all the houses all over Sedona now! Every time we go, there are more and more houses 😦 littering the lovely landscape.
This was not a birding trip and I didn’t bring my long lens but I was still excited when Jim noticed a flash of blue. It was a beautiful Mountain Scrub Jay, a lifer!
I think he/she has babies tucked away in this little cave. See the bee? I think it became a meal a second later.
Not everyone gets to see the elusive Sedona Red Rock bird:
Then we were on to Jerome. Jerome is a former copper mining town turned ghost town turned artist/biker town turned tourist town. I used to find it very quaint; this time it just seemed more junky to me. Maybe it was just me. The drive up and down is still beautiful, though, complete with many switchbacks.
There are three wildfires burning now, the view from Jerome of one of them. That is why the sky is hazy in the Sedona photos…
On to Prescott:
I’ve never been this close to a raven, I guess, because I was shocked it was so huge! It also had a friend in a nearby tree in Prescott’s square. They were very bold; snacks must be bountiful when the tourists are around.