The Azure Gate Bed & Breakfast

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

Animal Signs: Mountain Bluebird 27 Jul 2016, 7:22 am

Here are a couple of photos of Mountain Bluebirds perched on signs:

Mountain Bluebird on Road Sign

Mountain Bluebird near Trail 

New Photos: Scissor Tailed Flycatcher 26 Jul 2016, 6:22 am

Another trip back to the Sierra Vista EOP (on Moson Road) found the same Scissor Tailed Flycatcher which is rare outside of Texas and Oklahoma:

Scissor Tailed Flycatcher

Scissor Tailed Flycatcher

New Photos: Painted Redstart 24 Jul 2016, 6:20 am

Although only found in Southern Arizona and New Mexico, the Painted Redstart is usually seen this time of the year in the mountain canyons. Here is one with a bug he's showing off for me:

Painted Redstart

New Photos: Great Horned Owl 22 Jul 2016, 6:17 am

The Homestead Trail in Saguaro National Park often produces a Great Horned Owl (or two). They are typically in or near the canyon wall at the far end of the loop. Here is one sitting in a "cave":

Great Horned Owl


Animal Signs: Moose 21 Jul 2016, 7:20 am

Antlered animals use "signs" in the fall to scrape velvet off their antlers to get ready for the rut. Here a Moose near Cameron Pass in Northwest Colorado is doing just that:

Moose Scraping Velvet from its Antlers

New Photos: Elegant Trogon 20 Jul 2016, 6:13 am

Always nice to see and hear the Elegant Trogon. Here are two photos from Huachuca Canyon taking this past week:

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Animal Signs: Great Egret 19 Jul 2016, 7:17 am

Another photo from Fort Lowell Park showing a Great Egret on the same sign as the Double Crested Cormorant was in an earlier post:

Great Egret

New Photos: Cassin's Kingbird 18 Jul 2016, 6:09 am

Here is a Cassin's Kingbird which I have not often seen at 8000 feet (Mount Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains):


Cassin's Kingbird

Animal Signs: Elegant Tern 17 Jul 2016, 7:15 am

Many municipal parks have water here in Tucson which provide temporary housing and food for a variety of waterbirds. Here is an Elegant Tern perched on a sign out in the water at Lakeside Park:

Elegant Tern

New Photos: Blue Grosbeak 16 Jul 2016, 6:06 am

Here are three Blue Grosbeak photos, the first taken in Montosa Canyon, the second in Huachuca Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains, and the third a female taken in Montosa Canyon.



Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak



Blue Grosbeak Female