Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sedona Arizona

My mom turns 80 in January and I thought it would be nice for a mother son trip to a warmer climate.  Fortunately she finds birding tolerable so...birding I did.  Yes it was nice to hang with my mom, but no it wasn't warmer.   Our trip began in Sedona....gods country!  Although my last post mentioned that I needed to live near the ocean, I could live in Sedona for at least a portion of the year.  Amazing beauty, tranquility and birding!!!  Sedona is at 4000+/- elevation so the temp first thing in the morning was below 30.  But the sky was blue and our hotel looked out on amazing scenery. 

Red Rock State Park

I wish I had a wide angle lens.  Might try to post a few pics together to give a sense of the valley.   So cool!  A picture can not tell the full story. 

Anna's Hummingbird

Bewick's Wren

Canyon Towhee  (kind of a drab looking bird..not far off from the Abert's or California)

Cooper's Hawk

Ladderback Woodpecker

Road Runner, the coyote's after you.
Road Runner, if he catches you you're through.
Road Runner, the coyote's after you. Road Runner, if he catches you you're ...
Beep Beep

Not afraid of people clearly....this dude ran between me and a docent at the park while we were discussing birding in the region. 
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (luv the red spot on the head)


Western Bluebird

The species is still out with friends to ID.  The smaller empids are very difficult.  This bird was small. 
Hammond's or a Cordilleran. Anybody?

Western Meadowlark

From Sedona, we stayed two days in Phoenix and 3 days in Tucson.  Still working on the photos.  100 species and 30 lifers.  Yay!


Dan Huber said...

Looks like a great trip. You got some nice western birds. not sure on the flycatcher tho.


Wendy said...

Wonderful shots - and I LOVE Sedona!

Jen said...

Wow wow wow... Awesome birds... The roadrunner shot is envy-inducing. The Ladderback too. Congrats on all the lifers, sorry I can't help with the empid... More, please!!

dAwN said...

I LOVE Sedpna! So nice of you to bring your mom there. Great Birds too!

Kathiesbirds said...

Congrats on all your lifers. I have been to Sedona twice. I hope you had fun in Tucson. I can tell you some good birding spots there: Sweetwater wetlands, Reid park, Agua Caliente Park, Ina Road wetlands, Sabino canyon, Madera get the idea!