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Birdland at Roper Lake, Arizona

I spent the past weekend camping at Roper Lake, a beautiful state park in the southeastern part of Arizona. The weather was wonderful, sunny and warm – very different from some of the more recent trips I’ve been on.

Yellow headed blackbirdI was amazed by all the different birds residing there; a flock of yellow-headed blackbirds, redwing blackbirds, cardinals, vermillion flycatchers, black ducks, doves, and others that I didn’t see or couldn’t identify. One evening I walked over to the lake and recorded these wonderful creatures as they began to settle for the evening.The only sound I didn’t capture was the deep “ribbits” of the bullfrogs. They sang all night!

I wanted to share the video here, but the file type is not allowed on WordPress…(unless I upgrade to a paid version.)

But here are some photos I took on the way home. I absolutely love the ocotillos when they are in bloom, and now is the season! I should create a journal of “photos through a dirty windshield”, which is what these were taken through. It seems I take a LOT of photos from the passenger seat!

Ocotillos in bloom cropped 2Ocotillos in bloom croppedBenson Dirty Windshield2

Note: Bird photo by Phil Myers –   photo taken at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Head ’em up, Move ’em out…

The last few days have been busy, but not with anything too special.  The cattle across the mountain, which are on free range, took a sightseeing trip to this side of the mountain.  There were about a dozen head.  They spent the night under the trees behind the corral.  In the morning the owners were called to come get their cattle.

In the meantime, however, the cattle crashed a couple of fences, and the owner here spent the day digging fence post holes, setting posts, and mending fences.  A few hours into the morning the cattlemen arrived on horse back to herd the cattle back home over the mountain.

Last night (Monday night) three of the herd decided for some deja vu and came back for another visit.  The cattlemen arrived once again on horseback today (Tuesday) to get them back across the mountain.

At the same time the cattle were being led away, the owner was releasing the three-year old gelding Cochise to a new owner to be broken and trained.  Cochise balked when they tried to get him into the horse trailer – he’d never been broken to do that.  He will be with his new owner in Montrose, CO for the next several months for training, and then sold once again to meet his destiny.

No, I won’t go!!!

Oh, yes, you WILL!!!

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