Monday, August 15, 2011

Pinal Mountain


Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
Who knew you could drive just over an hour southeast of Phoenix and end up at over 7,000 foot elevation?  I sure didn't know, until Ann Givey from Desert Rivers Audubon raved about a wonderful birding trip she took to Pinal Mountain just outside of Globe.  She even saw a coatimundi!  
"This past weekend, I was able to go up to the Noftsger Hill Inn on Saturday and Sunday for Dr. Pearson's weekend of birding. If you go to the Birding on the Net site - you can read Dr. Pearson's report on our weekend. We saw 35 birds on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, we saw an additional 45 birds - plus many we had seen the day before. The life birds for me were:   An Olive warbler, red-faced warbler and Grace's Warbler - plus, I added the Hairy Woodpecker to my list - along with the Gray's Vireo and Cordilleran Flycatcher, Juniper Titmouse and the Rose breasted Nuthatch. So eight life birds made for an exciting weekend for me. The absolute highlight of the weekend, for all of us, was being less than six feet from the cutest male, white nosed Coatimundi, in the whole world. The cute critter spoke to us for about 10 minutes and posed for some great pictures. "
On my trip to Pinal a few weeks after Ann was there I didn't see nearly as many birds, we were too busy enjoying the view, the cool weather, and the ladybugs!
There were shrubs just plum full of ladybugs!
We took Russell Road up to Pinal Mountain and it was a long, steep, winding dirt road to the top.  I was pretty tuckered out when I finally made it back home to Mesa.  On my next trip I'll be sure to just stay the night at Noftsger Hill Bed & Breakfast in Globe!  (Noftsger's is a busy place, a favorite among birders, so you will need to make reservations well in advance.)

I think he's smiling at me.

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2 comments:

  1. I always enjoy your posts, they frequently educate and inspire me. Thanks.

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  2. That looks like a lot of fun! I'll have to add it to my list of desired locations here in Arizona. We've had some good adventures in the Chiricahuas, which is more of a weekend trip, and there's plenty to see up around Wood's Canyon Lake. I've heard the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is also excellent, have you been there?

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