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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.