Catching up with Chris plus a little birding

Actually, he caught up with me.

Chris & Gaelyn Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ

Sunday I saw a post on Facebook about Chris (from Las Aventuras) and Michael birding at the lakes in Prescott.  I quickly commented that they were only about 30 miles north of where I live.  They were spending the night there so we tentatively planned to meet Monday after a bit more birding.  Lucky Chris also discovered another as yet unmet friend and birder lived a mile away from the lakes.  So they birded in the morning and got to see the elusive Tundra Swans.

Moon above boulders Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ

Then in the afternoon they made it to Yarnell and after hugging like the old blogger friends we are, although we’d never met in real time, I took them for a little walk into the Weaver Mountains.

Western Bluebird Weaver Mts Yarnell AZ

Western Bluebird

Chris attempted to bird while I babbled away as usual. And I’m sure he got more photos, and better, than I did.  But we had a great time.

Two mule deer Yarnell AZ

We also saw these two mule deer plus four more

In way too short a time they had to take off for the rest of their journey home to Tucson.  Next it’s my turn to get south where I’m sure Chris can take me birding.  And I’ll try to shut up.

9 thoughts on “Catching up with Chris plus a little birding

  1. Fun60

    How cool is that to meet up with a fellow blogger. You still managed to get some great photos despite all the chit-chat.

  2. Kathie

    Gaelyn, I tried to leave this comment on the previous post but it wouldn’t let me: Gaelyn, I believe you have a female cardinal there. She just looks more gray than I expect. Usually the female cardinal looks a bit browner but all the rest is exactly like a female cardinal. You can even see that bit of black around her beak and the red color bleeds into her wings and face. A male pyrrhuloxia would have a gray body with a red crest and red around the eyes and red up the belly. The female pyrrhuloxia would have a gray body with a bit of red in its crest as well as red edges to its tail and wings. Both male and female would have a stubby yellow beak-not red or orangish. Sometimes the 2 species do interbreed and produce hybrids but according to my bird guides Pyrrhuloxias are not found that far north. The name is pronounced “peera lox i a”. You can also google the word to hear an audio file of the pronunciation.


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