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Sep 07 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Gilbert Riparian PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Birding avatar Sep 07 2013
burntlizard
Birding3.00 Miles 10 AEG
Birding3.00 Miles
10 ft AEG
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Of course, the morning I decide to go, it was cloudy and raining :o I've been putting off this trip, due to lack of time, but alas, I finally went to see the Black-Bellied Whistling Duck.....yippee :y: He is a bit rare in these parts, so all the lookie Lou's were there and making all sorts of noise :gun: I just gave them my old "go ahead and make my day" look and they quickly departed my immediate area : rambo :
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Aug 24 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2013
burntlizard
Hiking3.84 Miles 612 AEG
Hiking3.84 Miles   2 Hrs      1.92 mph
612 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Very swampy day, especially after last night's Gravity Wave and subsequent storms moved through. I've been resting my IT bands and going to PT, they felt good :y:
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Aug 16 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Borderland birding, AZ 
Borderland birding, AZ
 
Birding avatar Aug 16 2013
burntlizard
Birding6.45 Miles
Birding6.45 Miles
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I hit the road at 0245 and headed down the highway, of course, I had my library of RUSH Cd's and the sort to keep me moving. The Love's on I-10 was my coffee and bear-claw breakfast stop.

I arrived at Proctor Road in Madera Canyon at 0610, which gave me plenty of time to look and listen before the sun crests over Wrightson. I spent a few hours seeking out my target species, the Varied Bunting. I was virtually blanked and it was getting hot, so I headed to Pena Blanca Lake.

I had hopes of seeing the Reddish Eggret at Pena Blanca, but those dreams were squashed when another birder said it had left ](*,) But there were lot's of other feather goodies to see.

From here I headed to Tumacacori and saw some sweet Barn Swallows, purchased some great chili salsa and had an awesome smothered Green chili burrito, at Wisdom's cafe. From here I headed back to Madera to get the Bunting. Finally success!

Day 2:

Woke early and headed to the TTT truck stop for some stiff coffee and the proverbial Bear-claw danish. From here I went to Empire Ranch off of Hwy 83 and went looking for Sparrows. Ended up with some great Kingbird shots.

Larry Morgan was expecting me at Patagonia, so I hit the road. Met Larry at the Paton's house and we headed to Patagonia Lake to look for a Boobie :o More like a Blue-Footed Boobie, a Mexican shore bird that is very rare to see, especially in SEAZ. We saw him and many other wonderful species. We also hit, Kino Springs in Nogales and the famous Patagonia rest stop.


Short trip log, but a great solo trip.
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Jul 28 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Hassayampa River PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Birding avatar Jul 28 2013
burntlizard
Birding4.00 Miles 300 AEG
Birding4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.45 mph
300 ft AEG
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Impromptu birding trip. It was nice and muggy, the mosquitoes were thick and the birds were in abundance :y: It felt like South Texas and many migrant birds were in the area. For example, the Tropical Kingbird, Brown-Crested Flycatcher and the Roufous Hummingbird to name a few.

Good day!
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Jul 07 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Honoring the Yarnell 19, AZ 
Honoring the Yarnell 19, AZ
 
Volunteer avatar Jul 07 2013
burntlizard
Volunteer
Volunteer
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My wife and I went out to honor the Yarnell 19, it was quite an emotional experience. I was flabbergasted by the amount of people lining I-17 to pay their respects. Seeing 19 Hearses drive by was very sad and allowed me an opportunity to reflect. Hopefully a tragedy of this magnitude will never happen again. Rest In Peace my brothers.
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Old Glory
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Jun 24 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2013
burntlizard
Hiking9.63 Miles 2,639 AEG
Hiking9.63 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   1.60 mph
2,639 ft AEG
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Fantastic hike with my 17 year old son. This was part of his graduation trip, next month is deep sea fishing for tuna :)

The day was cool, overcast and breezy, perfect hiking conditions. At the fire tower, we met Chris the fire look out, he was a cool cat. I was targeting an uncommon species of bird too, the Clark's Nutcracker which only resides above 8,500 ft. I saw a flock of them on the top, of course it was blowing 30+, but I was able to snap a few photos :y:

This trail was impeccable, flat and despite the Pumpkin fire; beautiful. In fact, the ferns in spots were really thriving.
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Kendrick Fire Lookout Kendrick Peak
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Jun 16 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2013
burntlizard
Hiking2.30 Miles 220 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   2 Hrs      1.15 mph
220 ft AEG
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May 26 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Desert Tortoise Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2013
burntlizard
Hiking2.93 Miles 331 AEG
Hiking2.93 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.07 mph
331 ft AEG
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No sign of the Fledgling Owls!
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May 06 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Desert Tortoise Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2013
burntlizard
Hiking2.75 Miles 131 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.36 mph
131 ft AEG
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May 03 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Madera Canyon spring migration, AZ 
Madera Canyon spring migration, AZ
 
Birding avatar May 03 2013
burntlizard
Birding4.00 Miles 450 AEG
Birding4.00 Miles   6 Hrs      0.67 mph
450 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Well - this trip has been planned since January and I was anticipating it for weeks. I woke up at 0300 and headed down the highway - although, I was greatly concerned once I left my home in North Phoenix, the wind was stiff out of the East and getting worse. In fact, by the time I got down to Maricopa, the highway signs said dust storm alert....Great! :( Well, I pushed on, listening to my new "the very best of the Eagles" double CD and Rush's Hold your Fire album, a great oldie from 1987 :)

When I approached the Madera Canyon exit around 0545 it was really windy, I'm guessing Easterly at 15-25 and very dusty - shoot me now :tt: Oddly, by the time I got to Proctor road it was nearly calm :y: and I was blessed by two stunning Summer Tanagers basking in the morning sun! This is going to be an epic day..... and it was. In fact, I saw and photographed 3 Tanager species in one day - this is an awesome accomplishment ;)

I'm really drawn to this area - the solitude and natural beauty are second to none. I relish in the fact, that this range is an extension of the Sierra Madre and one can only find these "Sky Islands" in a few select locations - the amount of rare flora and fauna appeal to my sole and add a certain amount of natural therapy to my life. I hope everyone can experience this natural wonder in their lifetime....I'm sad that it has taken me 41 years to find it.

Good day!
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May 03 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Huachuca - Miller Canyon birds, AZ 
Huachuca - Miller Canyon birds, AZ
 
Birding avatar May 03 2013
burntlizard
Birding3.25 Miles 600 AEG
Birding3.25 Miles   8 Hrs      0.41 mph
600 ft AEG
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Hopefully I'm not boring y'all with another redundant bird photo set, but I think this one is pretty special.

The day started at 0630, meeting Larry Morgan the curator at Paton's house in Patagonia. We had planned to bird Lake Patagonia and the surrounding area, but he asked if I would like to see the Huachuca Canyon, Miller Canyon and Ash Canyon bird spots - of course I said YES! :y:

It was interesting getting access to Fort Huachuca as a civilian, but they let us through! This is rumored as an epic bird spot - unfortunately the day seemed quiet. Perhaps it was the barometric pressure change from the incoming low pressure system? and departing back door cold front that brought the high winds.

Our second stop was Beatty's guest ranch in Miller canyon - we were lucky to see the Mexican Spotted Owl and the elusive Blue Throat and Magnificent Hummingbird.

Our third stop was to Ash Canyon and Mary Jo's feeding station - for some Scott's Orioles.

On the way home from Patagonia, I stopped in Sonoita for a local bottle of wine and I was blessed with an incredible sunset on Highway 82 North of Sonoita.

Good day all!
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May 03 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Vault Mine Trail #77Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2013
burntlizard
Hiking3.65 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking3.65 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.02 mph
2,360 ft AEG
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I was planning on doing the Mt Wrightson summit, but some birders in the parking lot were boasting about the Elegant Trogon on Carrie Nation Trail. I was zipped last time I fell for the old Trogon rumors, but I went against my better judgement and proceeded up to see. Of course, I was 15 minutes late - the 80 year old granny got all the photos of it, and she would not stop reminding us - OK lady I get it! :gun:

After 20 minutes of hearing her make noise and crumple paper bags - "Yah lady keep making noise so the Trogon wont come back, after all...you got your photos"! :gun: :bdh:

I then proceeded up the strenuous Vault Mine trail - man! this one make the old pumper...pump!

Luckily, I could hear the Trogon calling on the way back down - of course, my IT bands (Knee) were screaming bloody murder :stretch: but I had to push on. Me and 3 other birders saw him, high in a tree, and I was able to get some sub-par photos -this sighting really made my day! :y:
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Apr 28 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Desert Tortoise Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2013
burntlizard
Hiking2.75 Miles 131 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.36 mph
131 ft AEG
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I saw that it hit 100 degrees - so of course, decided to go hike. I love the heat and have been anticipating some good ole fashioned hot hikes, my version of "hot yoga" :wlift:
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Apr 27 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Bobcat Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
burntlizard
Hiking2.35 Miles 86 AEG
Hiking2.35 Miles   1 Hour      2.35 mph
86 ft AEG
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Spontaneous hike - to fight the afternoon doldrums!
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Apr 14 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Hassayampa River PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2013
burntlizard
Hiking3.50 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.17 mph
300 ft AEG
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I forgot to post this trip - I've been slammed at work. This was a great Sunday hike, and I finally met the "nearly" famous Outdoor Lover - even-though she was late to our rondevous point :zzz: She has been gracious to invite me on many group excursions, for which I am grateful - However, my schedule and fear of other humans :scared: has not allowed me to go. Perhaps this Summer!

The Spring migration was hopping and we saw many wonder species.
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Apr 13 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
FR 300 and Hwy 260, AZ 
FR 300 and Hwy 260, AZ
 
Birding avatar Apr 13 2013
burntlizard
Birding2.45 Miles
Birding2.45 Miles   3 Hrs      0.82 mph
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Spontaneous Saturday morning birding trip - I left the house around 0600 in hope to get up on the rim before the "Black Widow" biker gang (yes - this is a Every which way but loose reference....left turn Clyde) and the others invaded the high country, on this end of AZ bike week.

Of course, FR 300 was still closed, even though it was bone dry. So, I parked at the TH and proceeded down the road, just me and one other vehicle in the area. Being that I was alone - I tried my best "Finding Sasquatch" Bigfoot call, but......no one answered back. Bobo would have been proud of my efforts!

On the way back down 260, I encountered approximately 100 Ferrari's and Lamborghini's, on some sort of rally tour - it was pretty cool.
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Apr 10 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
North Valley birding, AZ 
North Valley birding, AZ
 
Birding avatar Apr 10 2013
burntlizard
Birding0.95 Miles
Birding0.95 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.38 mph
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Nursing a lower back issue - went out for some Spring migration madness! Many migrants are still in SE Arizona, but they should be here soon. Saw FOS Lazuli Buntings, Orange Crowned Warbler, Verdin, Lesser Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Lucy Warbler, Song Sparrow, and my first Zone Tailed Hawk. Went to Morgan City Wash TH area and Anthem Park.

Hopefully next weekend will bring more migration goodies!
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Mar 23 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2013
burntlizard
Hiking14.80 Miles 4,390 AEG
Hiking14.80 Miles   8 Hrs   23 Mns   1.90 mph
4,390 ft AEG      35 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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This was my first hike in the Canyon. My 65 year old uncle Gerald had this on his bucket list, and I was pleased to be part of his wish. We left Phoenix at 0500 and drove to the the North Rim, we arrived around 0900. Of course the weather was cold, 28 upon arrival. The anticipation was killing us, we hit the trail quickly.

When I stood at the top of the TH, I was thinking.....what have I gotten myself into? It looked straight down, and it kinda was. I have sporadic IT band issues on both knees, I was concerned going down. This was my first hiking using trekking poles, what a life saver. By the look on the faces of people going up, I knew we were in store for a long day :sweat:

We hit Indian Springs relatively quick and stopped for a food break. One of the local squirrels robbed me blind, my bag of salty nuts never had a chance :gun: From here we headed out to the Plateau Trail and enjoyed the roar of the Colorado River. It was going on 1330, so we decided to head back.

The return was pleasant until we started the intense elevation gain, just past the Ranger Station. At this point, my legs were barking at me....Gerald was starting to slow as well, after all he is 65 :wlift:

After the 3 mile rest stop, my right hip flexor started to ache badly :stretch: that last 3 miles was indeed rough, this is where my mental thoughts had to outweigh my aching legs. For some of the members at HAZ, this hike is probably a walk in the park. Honestly, this was my longest and by far toughest hike.....I did it and Uncle Gerald made his wish come true :y:

What a rewarding and exhausting day! The 75 mile drive to Flagstaff could not come fast enough.
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Mar 14 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sonoran Preserve - North AreaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2013
burntlizard
Hiking3.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   1.89 mph
700 ft AEG
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This section of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve is exploding with Mexican Poppies. The Trail head is on the South Side of the road, at the intersection of Carefree Highway and 7th Ave. Once you pass through the gate, head West up the trail. The flowers will start coming in to view after 1/2 mile or so (I did not have my GPS today)

Conversely, this is the most extensive amount of poppies I have ever seen in this particular area of North Phoenix. Last weeks 1"+ rainfall should insure they continue to blossom and flourish, well into Spring. When driving East on CF highway before 7th Ave, peer off to the South, the hills are covered in a thick blanket of fresh blossoms.
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Mar 11 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Lower Morgan City WashPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Birding avatar Mar 11 2013
burntlizard
Birding2.00 Miles 550 AEG
Birding2.00 Miles   3 Hrs      0.67 mph
550 ft AEG
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I had limited time this morning, but managed some decent birding opportunities. The most obvious change is the Yellow Rumped Warblers have been replaced with Lesser Goldfinch and Yellow Warblers. I spotted a Lucy's Warbler, Hermit Thrush, 3 Cooper Hawk, Verdin, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, White Crowned Sparrow and some other locals, such as the Northern Cardinal.
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