We went back to the Mogollon Rim one day last week but to a different place, Tonto Creek. It was a sunny, breezy, cool (for us) day.
My 3 month streak of no lifers ended on this day with 2 new birds.
Common Black Hawk
These birds are not real common although they are known in that location. When they’re adults, they are mostly black but isn’t this one a beautiful bird? He’s learning young how to hunt the lazy way since he was at the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery and I imagine he can just swoop down into the raceways and grab a fish when he wants.
American Lady (I usually see Painted Ladies)
White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hummingbird Moth)
Swainson’s Thrush (2nd Lifer)
We still had a little time before we needed to head back to Phoenix so we drove on a few miles back to Willow Springs Lake. The only other time we were there it was cold and raining even though it was July.
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
75° felt great!