Friday, July 8, 2011

Coon Bluff Rec. Site on the Salt River

Kayaker startles a Great Egret on the
Salt River at Coon's Bluff.

I wish that was me on the  kayak, it would have been a much smoother ride than the one I took on the "trails" at Coon Bluff.  The area is very sandy and uneven, with lots of critter holes, ant hills, and javelina poop.  I wouldn't recommend Coon Bluff to anyone in a wheelchair unless they have someone willing to push, shove, pull, drag, and hoist their wheelchair around.  Be prepared to be jarred, bounced, torqued, jostled, and possibly catapulted from your wheelchair.

When I finally made it down to the river we did have fun watching 2 Blue Herons and a Great Egret compete for fishing rights, a pair of Green Herons fly up and down the river taunting the Blue Herons, and Black Phoebe's darting down catching flies along the water's edge.

Wild horses came right into the picnic area at Coon Bluff.

Wild horses returning to their herd.

There are plenty of birds to be seen by just sitting among the mesquite trees in the picnic areas and not going down to the water's edge.  Birds seen here included Vermilion Flycatchers, Lucy's Warblers, Brown-headed Cowirds, Abert's Towhees, Raven's, and Turkey Vultures.  I'm sure there was more to be seen, but it was geeting too warm to stay longer.

Speaking of sitting, tomorrow is the Bird Sit at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.  Rick Wright and Alison Beringer invite nature lovers to a very different birdwatching experience- a sedentary, peaceful, focused 'bird sit' in the Demonstration Garden from 6:30 to 9:00 am.  Maybe we'll see some of the rare birds spotted there this week -  Tufted Flycatcher, Yellow-Throated Vireo, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Blue Grosbeaks, or Varied Buntings!

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