Tag: Arizona

31/01/20. Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw.

Whitewater draw is a special place.  I last visited almost two years ago and it was there I heard my first cow bird.; what a miraculous sound that bird makes.   At that time it was March/April and the lake areas of Whitewater were all dried up/emptied; with only the central pond (photo above) holding ...

30 01 20. Cochise Lake, Willcox. Sandhill Cranes.

Tens of thousands of sandhill cranes spend their winters in Cochise county, Arizona (and neighbouring areas).  Many congregate at Whitewater Draw.   I was staying at a hotel in Willcox and had been advised that a visit to Cochise Lake (just a short drive outside of Willcox) would be worthwhile.   Since I was planning ...

31/01/20. Bonita Creek, Chiricahua Monument.

Chiricahua is an amazing place full of eerie stacked rocks, called “hoodoos”.  They are formed when the lower rock layers are softer than the higher layers; wind and water erosion eats away at the lower rock and this results in the appearance of large balancing structures. I went to Bonita Canyon before sunrise and sat ...

31/01/20. Birds along E Rucker Canyon Road, Cochise County, Arizona.

I had spent the earliest part of the day sitting in a wash at Bonita Creek, Chiricahua and listening to the local birds.   I left shortly after sunrise as the park was suddenly awash in the sounds of a distant leaf blower.   I headed for Rucker Canyon, and my journey took me down ...

28/4/18. Whitewater Draw. Just after sunrise by the pond: orioles, thrashers.

Just after dawn I set up by the pond; facing east to the sunrise, over the pond.   I was on a berm that surrounds the pond and allows people to walk around and see and enjoy the birds both in the pond, and also outwards/westwards where the winter visitors, the cranes, come in vast ...

28/04/18. Bees in the acacia, crickets, orioles and more; dawn at Whitewater Draw, Arizona.

Sitting next to an acacia in full bloom; facing west towards a dried section of the Draw, close to the owl roost.   The air is full of the sound of bees, hard at work on the acacia with its full and heavy yellow flowers.   Through the acacia and other trees the crickets add ...

28/04/18. Cowbirds in Whitewater Draw, Arizona

I went to Whitewater Draw north of Bisbee today (28/4/18).  It’s a large reserve in the desert grasslands of southeast Arizona that serves as the nesting ground for thousands of cranes in winter time.   In springtime most of the water in the draw seems to recede, leaving behind just a large reed filled-pond neighbouring ...