Quick Trip to Tucson, part 2
Karen drives along Oracle Road with its three lanes each way plus left turns. I relish seeing the desert landscaping!
Plenty of desert willow, yuccas in bloom, an occasional saguaro and lots more that I don't know! To me, it's gorgeous!
We've visited a couple of botanic gardens today as well as visited with my ailing friend and we had dinner in a nice restaurant last night. This evening we're going to hear a Native American flute concert, but before that we're going to the hummingbird aviary here at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Over the years, this museum has had millions of visitors. Life-like setting for the wild animals is one of its exciting features, and that includes hummingbirds. As we enter the aviary, I notice people standing behind a small chained off area ... I wonder what they're looking at. I move in that direction and stand staring — I don't see anything unusual. Keep looking ... there, within four feet of me is a female hummer sitting on her nest! More birds whiz by, landing occasionally, and many visitors are taking photos. I find a place to sit and zoom! A broad-tail and a black-chin go by: they occur on Grand Mesa at home.
Now to watch for the desert hummers. There's a Magnificent, over five inches long, all brilliant blues and greens. A four-inch-long broad-bill with its orangish bill flashes by, and there's a tiny reddish one ... Allen's? I go over to the other side of the aviary. There's a tiny hummer that keeps flying back to that branch. I sit down near the branch. My bird's coming back and perches within three feet of me. The gorget (the colorful area below the bill) is purple. The gorget flares and I can see that it reaches down ... almost to the wing. It's a Costa's! This three-inch-long bird comes from southern California and the Baja Peninsula. A wonder for me to see! But it's closing time. I hate to leave, but I'll be back some day!blog comments powered by Disqus