Saguaro Cactus - White Tank Mountain Park, Arizona
My trip to Arizona was for a visit with family and a little birding.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park - The largest park in Maricopa County covers 29, 572 acres over 45 miles. The range rises sharply from its base of 1400 feet to its highest peak (Barry Goldwater Peak) at 4,083 feet. Climbing Barry Goldwater Peak was a bit beyond my capabilities. I took the leisurely Goat Camp Trail with high hopes of seeing a few desert birds.
The temperature was warm, 92° - 95° (33 C - 35C). Fortunately, the birds cooperated - Curved-billed Thrasher, Costa's Hummingbird, Canyon Towhee, Gila Woodpecker (heard, not seen). Upon leaving the park a Roadrunner sped across the road.
The final Arizona bird on my journey was Arizona's state bird, a Cactus Wren. He was boldly singing from atop a Palo Verde tree at an active Arizona rest stop on Interstate Highway 10; the fact that cars and trucks where coming and going nearby, did not faze the little singer one iota.
Back home - Today, in a Food 4 Less parking lot I saw a flock of Cedar Waxwing. When you are out and about keep in mind, that birds can often be found in parking lots, highway Rest Areas, and around fast food restaurants. Happy Spring Birding!