Outside of Scottsdale, Arizona is the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. On our last day, we took a drive over and went for a walk on the Gateway Trailhead. It is a great place to walk about in the Sonoran desert bush with ocotillo, cholla cactus, organ pipe and iron wood plants.
We were greeted by the der-der-der-der call of the Cactus Wren.
A Virden launches from a creosote bush.
Ancient Saguaro Cacti
Yuma Antelope Squirrel
If anyone knows what this lizard is, I’d like to know.
Say’s Phoebe in a Cholla Cactus
Curve-billed Thrasher, a life bird that I picked up on this trip.