We went somewhere finally! Back to Mount Ord (previous visits 1, 2, 3). It was 108° in Phoenix and only 93° there…it was still really hot to be walking around. But we got a change of scenery, some photos, some birds.
Cairns, the top one has a little critter, maybe a grasshopper?
We saw a man that we had met a couple years ago who lives up there; he’s a nice guy and we got his contact info this time. We also met another couple and talked to them for quite a long time. The woman knew a lot about birds.
We didn’t go all the way to the top this time; we stayed in the ‘saddle,” which is a good place for birds. We heard a lot but the visuals weren’t very fruitful.
So we headed back down the mountain.
The views were pretty. We decided to stop at one more place before getting back on the highway…the green corral…
Saw this guy but had the wrong camera…
I went to switch cameras and tried to chase him down to get a better shot. I never saw him again but saw this guy instead:
They were both lifers (birds I’ve never seen before)! And there was another lifer there, too, a Black-chinned Sparrow but I only have a blurry shot. So, in just a few minutes at this one stop, I got 3 lifers. What was a bad birding day became an excellent birding day.
And then we headed back to Phoenix at 108°
We turned left (south)…back to the stifling heat…but we’re used to summers in Phoenix, I guess.
State Route 87