|Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
|Each guest cabin at Whispering Hope
Ranch is named after a bird, perfect!
The Rim Lakes Vista Trail is likely the best wheelchair accessible trail in the whole state, providing gorgeous panoramic views of the Mogollon Rim. Paved and mostly flat, near Woods Canyon Lake, it meanders for miles right along the rim. For directions and details see Accessing Arizona's review of the trail here.
After enjoying the great views along the trail, we headed over to Woods Canyon Lake, hoping to see the pairs of Osprey fishing the lake. Instead we were wowed by a large, loud, pair of Bald Eagle fledglings squawking away in the large pine tree towering over the lake's general store. The store manager came out and informed us that mama eagle had been trying to teach the kids to fish, but they were resisting. So they sat and cried for mom to come feed them, but she held her ground and sat perched high atop a tall snag on the other side of the lake, calling them to fly over and hopefuly snag a fish for themselves along the way.
|Bald Eagle juvenile at Woods Canyon Lake loudly squawking for mama eagle
to bring him breakfast.