Friday, April 2, 2010

Lower Sabino Canyon

If you are looking for solitude then Sabino Canyon may not be for you. If you are looking for an unbelievably beautiful place then Sabino fits the bill. We went on Friday morning and the place was packed with walkers,runners,trams and lots of children enjoying the great outdoors. The above sign greets visitors at the entrance to the canyon but we would not get far enough into the canyon to see the big cats today.
We walked the half mile Bajada Nature Trail when we arrived and were happy to see a large flock of Cedar Waxwings hanging out in the Palo Verde . Get information on Cedar Waxwings here:
There were a couple of examples of crestate saguaros along the trail.
This is with out a doubt the most accommodating Round Tailed Ground Squirrel who allowed us to observe his morning exercise.
To our delight we were treated to a real harbinger of spring. There were several American Robins on the trail as we headed towards Sabino Creek. Learn about the American Robin here:

The Creosote is in full bloom and is actually quite pretty.

The views are exquisite in all directions.
The wildflower bloom is well underway and is the best I've seen since moving here five years ago.
Sabino Creek is flowing robustly from snow melt and recent rains.
I can't get over how some plants survive in the most inhospitable places.
List of birds on this walk: Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Phainopepla, Prruloxia, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Gambel's Quail, Painted Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch, Canyon Towhee.
Sabino Dam is an easy walk from the visitors center and well worth the trip.

Pearly Crescentspot

We came across this Painted Redstart feeding on flying insects along the stream bed.
Queen Butterfly
I'm not sure what this lizard is but I was wondering if his tail is a regrown one.
There is still snow in the mountains on April 2nd.

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