It was a clear, cool day and there were very few leaves on the trees yet. We drove down Proctor Rd. (in the Canyon) to it's end and sat quietly and ate lunch.....No birds. We moved to walk along the beautiful Madera Creek.
|Dave has his winter jacket on...and he's still cold!|
The wind was stiff, out of the north. We kept walking and enjoying the clear racing creek and looking up into the bare canopy for birds.
We saw a couple Acorn Woodpeckers and a number of pretty little Grey-Headed Junco but no Elegant Trogon.....
The chilly wind prevailed and we gave up once again. There are three ways to travel the 25 miles back to Tucson. We came down on I-19 which is most expeditious but pretty boring. One is a dirt road through acres of fairly boring mesquite and grasslands and the one we chose was Mission Road. It took us north through the miles and miles of open pit copper mines and then into the San Xavier Indian Reservation. The mines were interesting to look at, the machinery used in them was HUGE, unbelievably huge. No traffic, interesting scenery, good choice.
|Mt. Wrightson in the background - an edge of one of the Twin Butte mines in the foreground|
|I borrowed this photo from the internet to show you what we were looking for -|
The Elegant Trogan! Isn't it beautiful?