The other day we went to a place in Tonto National Forest called Seven Springs. We drove 8 miles on a washboardy dirt road to get there. Unfortunately, due to a long drought, the drive was not overly pretty; the area was fairly dry and sparse. However, it was very birdy at our destination. There were hundreds of birds flying around. American Robins are not seen in the Phoenix area very often so, even though they are a common bird in so many parts of the U.S., they are fun for us Phoenicians to see and they are really such pretty birds. Well, this place had tons of them!
The area is full of pinyon pines and junipers so berries and nuts abound.
Western Bluebirds were also very plentiful there.
And, yes, there were lifers involved! I saw a Juniper Titmouse and have a bad photo of it. And the other lifer was:
This is Humboldt Mountain that has a FAA radar facility at the top and is located right by Seven Springs. You can see how dry some of the area is now:
And, if you celebrate…