We took a ride out to Arivaca to check out the Cieniga and came across this doe who seemed as interested in us as we were in her.
My first step onto the boardwalk surprised this Great Blue before I noticed it but it didn't fly far and we were able to get a good look a little later in the walk. Learn About Great Blue Herons here: www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_blue_heron/id
Recent rains here in southern Arizona have helped to replenish the water supplies at the Cieniga which I hope will bring many more birds to this amazing place.
The Great Blue found a quiet spot and settled in.
Hawks are a pretty good bet but this guy has not allowed us to get too close before heading out across the marsh.
We took a short walk along the creek but soon realized that there was not so much as a peep. Quiet, quiet, quiet and cloudy made for a dreary walk and we decided to turn around and go check out Arivaca Lake.
The trees along the creek are amazing especially the Cottonwoods.
It's about seven miles from the center of Arivaca to the lake. The last 2 1/2 miles are down an unpaved road through some very scenic territory.
The lake is small as lakes go but very nice. We did see a Northern Harrier but it took off in the other direction so there are no pics to share.