The Azure Gate Bed & Breakfast

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

Catching UP: Ladder-backed Woodpecker 23 Jan 2017, 5:00 am

The Ladder-backed Woodpecker is a Southwest United States year round resident. This photo was taken at Patagonia Lake:

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Catching Up: Horned Grebe 21 Jan 2017, 4:58 am

This Horned Grebe, which is fairly rare to Arizona -- though found throughout much of the US at various times of the year -- was a nice find at Christopher Columbus Lake:

Horned Grebe

Catching Up: Great Egret 19 Jan 2017, 4:55 am

This Great Egret is a resident of Christopher Columbus Lake, a regional park in West Tucson:

Great Egret

Catching Up: Gray Flycatcher 17 Jan 2017, 4:52 am

The Gray Flycatcher is found in the far Western United States during the summer but only in the extreme southeastern part of Arizona in the winter. This one was at Patagonia Lake:

Gray Flycatcher


Catching Up: Double Crested Cormorant 15 Jan 2017, 11:46 am


Here a photo of a Double Crested Cormorant taken at Christopher Columbus Lake west of Tucson:


Double Crested Cormorant

Catching Up: Crested Caracara 13 Jan 2017, 11:44 am

Santa Cruz Flats is also a very reliable place to find Crested Caracaras -- especially during the winter months. Summers I look more along Arizona Highway 86 between Sells and Ajo.

Since it is winter, it's Santa Cruz Flats:

Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara

Catching Up: Clark's Grebe 11 Jan 2017, 11:41 am



Water is scarce in Southern Arizona, so where there is water there is often wildlife. Here at Farina's Dairy Farm Pond, a Clark's Grebe:

Clark's Grebe

Catching Up: Burrowing Owl 9 Jan 2017, 11:40 am


Santa Cruz Flats is the most reliable place for finding Burrowing Owls. They are often found along Tweedy Road, Pretzler Road, and/or Philips Road. This one was taken on Tweedy just north of Pretzler.

Burrowing Owl

Catching Up: Black Phoebe 7 Jan 2017, 11:37 am



I love this Black Phoebe photo also taken at Patagonia Lake:

Black Phoebe

Catching Up: Bewick's Wren 5 Jan 2017, 11:36 am


A trip to Patagonia Lake produced some nice photos including these Bewick's Wrens:

Bewick's Wren

Bewick's Wren