Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

October 13, 2009

Upcoming Birdwalk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Filed under: Birds, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, favorite places — richditch @ 3:40 pm
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This is a heads-up that I’ll be leading the free birdwalk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum this coming Saturday, October 17, 2009. The Arboretum opens at 8:00 am (admission fee to the arboretum includes the bird walk); the birdwalk departs from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am. We make a complete loop of the main trail: through the hummingbird garden; along Magma Ridge and the Cactus Garden; past Ayers Lake; over the saddle by Picket Post House; down the switchbacks to the main canyon; past the Herb Garden; and finish at the Demonstration Garden. It take 2-3 hours depending on the size of the group and the birds encountered along the way.

Switchback Trail at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Switchback Trail at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Bring binoculars if you’ve got them, or borrow a pair of loaners from the giftshop. Since the temps will be back up for the weekend don’t forget to bring your water bottle!

Many of our winter species are already back, like the Yellow-rumped Warbler above (photographed last April 28 near the water seep before it moved north to breed). A new Arboretum species for me last week was a Crissal Thrasher, and one was seen well in the picnic area by last weekend’s bird walk.

We’ll also keep our fingers crossed for a Rufous-backed Robin. A couple have been found already this month in AZ, and another has been reported in southern New Mexico. I think Boyce is the best place in the United States to see this Mexican species as one is usually found here every 2-3 years over the winter season.

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