Friday, November 14, 2008
Scouting for the Atascosa Highlands CBC
Yesterday my friend Jake Mohlmann and I explored some remote and little-known areas south of Tucson in preparation for the Atascosa Highlands Christmas Bird Count, which we are organizing and compiling, set for Monday, December 15. This view is from an area called Wise Mesa, looking westward over Ramanote Canyon to the Atascosa Mountains. We're about at a mile in from the east edge of the circle looking towards the center, which is beyond the mountains. Click on the photo for a larger image.
To learn more about the Christmas Bird Count tradition, go to the National Audubon Society website.
We also went into upper Peck Canyon, where we were pleasantly surprised by flowing water and nice riparian habitat. We found an Eastern Phoebe at this location.
This is a Great Spreadwing, Archilestes grandis.
And this is a Black-necked Garter Snake