When I visited with John & Teresa in Tucson, they said that Patagonia Lake State Park was a winner. And they were right! It's like an oasis in the desert, thanks to a dam on Sonoita Creek. This park and the adjacent Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, are a birders paradise! It's located about 10 miles north of the US-Mexico border at Nogales.
|View at my campsite on Patagonia Lake where I was woken and then entertained by the|
many birds who call this lake their home, permanently or via a migration path. 2/13/14
|The marina at Patagonia Lake with rentals, picnic area, and a |
cool looking arched walking bridge. 2/13/14
|My first morning at Patagonia Lake I went on a ranger-led birding walk.|
My little smart phone camera is unable to get a good picture of any of the
birds we saw. But, here is my best effort of a Cooper's Hawk through a
spotting scope. 2/10/14
|But, I did see cattle on the birding walk. Arizona is an Open Range State; so,|
some of the cattle were there on a land lease, and others were interlopers.
This one is an interloper. 2/10/14
|My Vancouver WA traveling friends, Nelda & Jerry, joined me for|
my last night at Patagonia State Park. So good to visit with them.
And even they saw an Elegant Trogon! 2/13/14
Horseless Carriage Club of America members drove down
from Sierra Vista to the town of Patagonia, AZ for lunch. 2/13/14
|I liked seeing all of the old cars. |
One even lost a wheel in the middle of SR-82!
For more pictures from the participants, click on this link. 2/13/14
I very much enjoyed my stay at Patagonia State Park. Thanks for the lead John and Teresa!