Although our main focus throughout the tour was obviously on the birds, there was plenty of interest in the mammals, reptiles, butterflies, plants and just about everything else. As usual, we also included a short stop in Tombstone to see the OK Corral, Boot Hill, etc.
Yarrow's Spiny Lizard
Texas Horned Lizard
More than 200 bird species were recorded by the group including seven species of owls. Although it wasn’t a particularly good year for hummingbirds, we did have good views of both male and female White-eared Hummingbirds at Beatty’s Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon.
Also in Miller Canyon, we saw a female Mexican Spotted Owl on a nest but we were able to see this species much better and closer in Scheelite Canyon.
Without doubt, Arizona is one of our favourite destinations and another visit (Peter's 22nd!) is already being planned. If you haven't been there, you're missing a treat!