More rain last night…clearing in the morning to frosty covered everything.
I took no frosty photos..as most of you reading this have had enough of the cold.
It was a chilly day here compared to weather the past week in the 70s.
Today mid fifties was tops…and colder with the wind chill.
We decided to take a long drive..on one of my favorite dirt roads..
Ruby Road turnoff (Exit 12) 8 miles north of Nogales on I19
25 miles of Dirt road…
Lots of border patrol in this area, as its very close to the Mexican border
Lovely dirt road…See the Green Rock in the distance..Lichen
We did see birds on the drive..
Rufous crowned sparrow, Chipping sparrows, a Great horned owl being harassed by Mexican Jays and two gray birds, robin sized, maybe Solitaire,but not sure,as the flew before we could get a good look.
Onto Arivaca Cienega I think everyone who goes here takes a photo of this tree…
We saw Black and Turkey Vultures flying over head in the strong winds.
Lesser Goldfinch frolicked in the reeds snacking on seeds..
Vermillion flycatcher couples flitted to and fro catching bugs.
We also saw
Vesper and Song sparrows, Kestrel, Black HawkTwo Sora hid from us, and called from the reeds..I love this green weed..Duck weed?I found this little stinkbug prancing about… Don't let these photos fool you..it was chilly and windy…
Last time we were here I remember there being much more water..
I suppose the lack of Summer rains….
It wasn't the birdiest day here, though considering the weather, I think we did good!