With temperatures hovering right around 120° this week in Phoenix (it only hit 119 officially yesterday), it’s nice to remember what it was like when we went to Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim a couple weeks ago.
The Mogollon Rim is a topographical and geological feature cutting across Arizona. It extends approximately 200 miles, starting in northern Yavapai County and running eastward, ending near the border with New Mexico. It forms the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona (Wikipedia).
You can walk right to the edge and it just drops off! You wouldn’t want to stumble around in the dark up here.
These teenagers were braver than me.
This was as close as I dared get, about a foot from the edge.
It is so beautiful and so cool up there at about 7,500 feet elevation.
There are other lakes on the Rim and, next time, which I hope will be fairly soon, we will try one of them. Woods Canyon Lake was pretty crowded although we were able to get away from the crowd and find a little clearing (above) where we just sat and enjoyed the cool breeze and quiet. We put out some peanuts to see who might drop by.
And I got the target bird I had been hoping to get in Flagstaff a few days before but failed.
Steller’s Jay (lifer)
I think Jays, in general, are so pretty but these are especially stellar!
Williamson’s Sapsucker, female
We saw the male Williamson’s Sapsucker, too, but I couldn’t get a shot. Too bad because they are beautiful and look entirely different from the female. That was my first sighting of a male.
Western Tanagers, female and male
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s, female
These warblers are plentiful in the Phoenix area in the winter and now I know where some of them go to breed. This girl was working on a nest.
I got 2 other lifers here. One was a Plumbeous Vireo but the shot I got is very mediocre. The other was a bird I really didn’t think I would ever see…because they’re almost impossible to see!
See it? They’re so tiny and blend in so well with the bark of trees that it’s very hard to spot one. I was pretty excited to add it to my list.
Brown Creeper (lifer)
There was a forest fire on the other side of the lake that was lightning-caused but they were letting it burn to clear out the area. Unfortunately, another fire, the Highline Fire, has started in the area since then but is now 92% contained, with acreage burned posted at 6,854. Always so sad this time of year…