Catching up on old business - it was over a week ago now that we did what will likely be our last trip of the season to Whitewater Draw to visit with the sandhill cranes. It is always a treat to bring people that have never been there before to show off what would seemingly be so rare in Arizona - birds that winter over in a wetland area! We had some friends ask how to get there - how could we not offer to lead a trip? After a stop in Tombstone for a late lunch, we hit Whitewater about 3:30.
Wings over Willcox" crane festival. Even with larger crowds it was great - even got to see some ginormous camera lenses - one woman had a Canon 600mm that left me with some lens-envy!
We still didn't get to see any vermilion flycatchers, the showy, scarlet highlight of most of my trips to Whitewater. We did catch a pair of Northern Harrier hawks this trip. I happened to be following the female when she dove for a mouse.
Clouds thickened later in the afternoon, so we didn't get much of a sunset, and we left the area earlier than we normally do, arriving back home by 9pm. Our work and travel schedules don't permit us to get back while the cranes are still here, so it was fun to get in another trip before they head back north.