Dave and I went to Boyce Thompson Arboretum on December 19, 2016. We arrived at about 9:30, and left at about 12:30. As is our custom, we stopped at Casa Denogean (in the town of Superior) for lunch of menudo and the taco Tuesday special – mmmmm. Since I got a new camera, I can now carry two, the new 7D2 with the long lens for birds, and the old 7D with the wide angle lens for other shots. That way I don’t have to swap lenses on the camera. Pretty nerdy 🙂 but I thought it worked out well. The bad news is that I wind up taking more pictures 🙂
Mostly we saw the regular BTA birds for this time of year. The Black-throated Gray Warbler was nice to see, and very difficult to photograph. The Plumbeous Vireo picture is blurry with a lot of cropping, but it’s my first of that type, so I included it. I didn’t know what it was until I got home and saw the picture on the computer.
We had a great time. As always, BTA is beautiful. Temperatures were nice – cool but not cold, and there are still fall colors present. Recent rains caused the creek to flow quite high, so the creek beds had new deposits in them. In the past on a geology walk people found turquoise in the creek beds, and our guide said gold can sometimes be found after a rain. No luck for us!