Back in the Saddle


This Streak-backed Oriole has settled into the SE AZ community of Cave Creek for several months. I was fortunate to have a little time during a family visit to Tucson to drive over and eyeball this beauty.

After a long hiatus, I’m going to start posting again on the links between fiction writing, nature and travel. Is anyone still out there? Hope so. To kick things off, I’ll put up several photos of rare birds that have shown up in Arizona over the past year. Please let me know what you think, or take a minute to say hello again, or flame me for whatever…naw, don’t do that last thing, it’s important to be nice. I’d love to hear from you. If you have an idea for a topic I can try to tackle, please let me know about that, too.

And this is Cave Creek.

Here’s a Pine Flycatcher, another rarity from deep in Mexico, that showed up in S. AZ last August. Getting to the bird required a heart-thumping drive until the road gave out, a bike ride until the slope got too steep, and then an eye-crossing climb the rest of the way. Worth every bead of sweat.

This is a Lesser Sand Plover, an Asian bird that inexplicably turned up on the Navajo Nation outside of Flagstaff last October. Lots of rare birds coming in these days. I think because it’s warmer up here. I guess that’s no longer official federal policy, but tell that to the scientists who’ve been studying the issue for decades. Can’t have your own facts.



4 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle

  1. Hey Dennis, I’m a little slow to get on this email, but if there’s a chance you’ll be sharing your pics and your wit, I’ll visit more often. So glad you’re back in the saddle. Big hugs, Beth

    • Hiya. I’m hoping to get back up and running, but I’m having a bit of trouble with a spam issue right now. Please check back for awhile–if I get things resolved I’ll be at it again at least semi-regularly. Hope to see you soon.

  2. It’s really great to hear from you, and happy to hear you’re still roaming. I bet Lexington is really nice this time of year. Always good to have birds around, even if they are tenement dwellers…

    I’m visiting Austin in mid-April–for birds, of course, but also for friends and fun. Pls check your blogsite email, and hope to see you soon.

  3. Hey Dennis glad you are back! Wonderful photos, as always, now tell us a story 🙂
    I am spending March in Lexington Kentucky. My apt is downtown with no trees nearby, but I hear the birds singing every morning, they are my neighbors, living in the rooftop of the building next door. I would prefer to have trees close by. Adapting to the environment is an important skill for both man and nature.


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