The Azure Gate Bed & Breakfast

9351 E. Morrill Way, Tucson, Arizona 85749
Innkeeper(s): Dennis & Christine Widman

Visiting Bobcat 25 Apr 2015, 1:33 pm

If you go out looking for a Bobcat, chances aren't good. As Daryl Zero would say:

"Now, a few words on looking for things. When you go looking for something specific, your chances of finding it are very bad. Because of all the things in the world, you're only looking for one of them. When you go looking for anything at all, your chances of finding it are very good. Because of all the things in the world, you're sure to find some of them."

Many times when I go looking for a specific bird -- the yellow throated warbler in Patagonia, for example -- I don't find it, but do find something interesting and come home with a wonderful photo.

But some times, I don't go looking for something and it comes to me. Such is the case with a Bobcat day before yesterday around 5:00 pm. And as luck would have it, he just went about his business, slowly, quietly, without my  bothering him. The result 75 photos which I have had trouble deciding which I like best -- all keepable. Here are a few of them:

Florida Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona 24 Apr 2015, 2:09 pm

On the way back from Pena Blanca Lake a quick stop at Florida Canyon to look for the Black Capped Gnatcatcher. Yes:

black capped gnatcatcher


hammond's flycatcher

white crowned sparrow

sonoran coachwhip

Pena Blanca Lake, Arizona 23 Apr 2015, 2:06 pm

And another day at Pena Blanca Lake:

zone tailed hawk

zone tailed hawk

zone tailed hawk

turkey vulture

gray hawk

Empire Gulch, Las Cienegas, Arizona 21 Apr 2015, 2:04 pm

Quick trip to Empire Gulch and Las Cienegas this week too:

dusky flycatcher

yellow warbler

rufous winged sparrow

american kestrel

cassin's kingbird

Rose Canyon Lake, Mount Lemmon II 20 Apr 2015, 1:59 pm

A few more from my trip this week up to Mount Lemmon:

buff breasted flycatcher

yellow eyed junco

yellow rumped warbler

painted redstart


Rose Canyon Lake, Mount Lemmon, Arizona 19 Apr 2015, 1:55 pm

Took a quick trip up Mount Lemmon to Rose Canyon Lake to see if the Spring Migrants have arrived. The answer: Some.

Here are a few photos from the trip:

pygmy nuthatch

house wren

cassin's vireo

ash crested flycatcher

abert's squirrel

spotted towhee

western bluebird

brown creeper

american robin

hermit thrush

Mount Lemmon: Pygmy Nuthatch 15 Apr 2015, 12:20 pm

And finally the Pygmy Nuthatch, always fun to watch:

Pygmy Nuthatch

Mount Lemmon: Pine Siskin 14 Apr 2015, 12:18 pm

Pine Siskins are often present on Mount Lemmon in one place or another:

Pine Siskin

Mount Lemmon: Painted Redstart 13 Apr 2015, 12:17 pm

Always beautiful no matter where found is the Painted Redstart:

Painted Redstart

Mount Lemmon: Leucitic Yellow Eyed Junco 12 Apr 2015, 12:16 pm

It's always interesting to find an albino or in this case leucistic bird. Here a leucistic Yellow Eyed Junco:

Yellow Eyed Junco

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