It was nice to find some water in this desert Southwest, and Patagonia Lake State Park was a nice oasis. We hiked, birded and I got the kayoo wet two days in a row!
Peaches and Thistle climb the tall bridge over the boat launch area. I guess it's so tall in case someone wants to launch a sailboat.
The bridge leads from the campground to the day-use area.
These Coots are displaying courtship behaviors.
The birding trail shares space with the cows.
I think this was a pair of Gadwalls...
Time for the cows to drink and cool off.
There it is...my first Virginia Rail.
The kayoo gets wet!
Patagonia Lake is a manmade lake.
There are small picnic areas around the lake for boaters.
Ruddy Duck...male in breeding color
Large group of ducks flying around....not sure what kind.
Female Ruddy Ducks
Male Ruddy Duck...non-breeding
Northern Shovelers taking off.
A pair of Bufflehead...male on the left.
Do you see the face in the rock?
Big squirrel...burrows underground.
Birdie took me to the Patons...a birding place in the town of Patagonia.
Lots of feeders set up in the yard, and places to sit in the shade.
Some hummingbirds preferred the flowers to the feeders.
There was some squabbling.
Yellow-rumped Warbler at the suet feeder.
Lazuli Bunting...another new bird for me.
Lazuli Bunting at the feeder.
Back in the kayoo the next morning. I paddled the other end of the lake, past the day-use area.
Exploring more inlets and coves.
I found a favorite spot for fishermen, judging from the number of bobbers hanging in the tree.
The ol' fishing hole. There's a bobber caught in the reeds on the right too.
Turkey vultures roosting on the rocks above the lake.
Exploring another cove.
Great Blue Heron
Birdie took me to another birding place...Sonoita Creek Preserve, I think? We saw a Costas Hummingbird
And a Gray Hawk....not a good picture.
The Gray Hawk is nesting in this Sycamore tree.
Now we haved moved a little north where it is cooler. We'll be hiking and sightseeing around the Sedona area for a couple of weeks.