We finally got started on our AZ day trips again. I’ve been back from IN for about 6 weeks and, with a sick kitty (who now feels better), monsoons, and other assorted issues, it seemed hard to get going. But we went back to Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim (one of our many favorite places) yesterday. The temperature was 68 degrees, quite a nice relief from the constant Phoenix heat. Cool, refreshing, beautiful, peaceful. Here are some of our sights in semi-chronological order.
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
We were feeding these guys peanuts, which you can see are stuffed in this one’s cheeks, but we also dropped the occasional piece of popcorn. This one was particularly greedy and unafraid of us so kept begging for more.
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel and Grey-collared Chipmunk (in foreground)
Most Jays are very loud, very pretty, and fun to watch and these are no exception.
I was very surprised to see this guy land quite close to me before he took off in a hurry. We also saw several members of its family flying over the lake.
Bald Eagle, immature
It was so lush in the forest after all the monsoon rains. No mosquitoes, though!
Speaking of loud and boisterous:
It was not real birdy, though, oddly. Other than hearing the Jays and Ravens, it was pretty quiet. We did also see, briefly, some sort of wren, warbler, and woodpecker but not long enough for photos.
Then we stopped on the Rim for the views before we left and there we saw more birds. There were many Turkey Vultures riding the currents.
This is the very edge of the Rim, looking down, glad I didn’t trip:
There were several varieties of pine (or fir?) trees here.
Dark-eyed Junco, Red-backed subspecies, juvenile
Plateau Fence Lizard
Mountains as far as you can see. It was great to be out again and to have something different to blog about again! Hopefully, we are back in our routine of regular adventures.