#589 Arizona Cougar Alert!

bobcat 2

July 25-26, Madera Canyon, Arizona

I called up my wife and said I was having cougar problems, she responded in kind, with a loud and unwavering voice.  Her message was clear…

“Stay away from older women!”

Maybe she was thinking I was still at the Mira Vista Nudist Resort in Tucson, maybe she knew my personality but…

Well it is even worse than that.  I came across a large cat while hiking in Madera Canyon, when I did I was actually on the handicapped accessible trail.  I was having one of the best birding days ever, second only to May 31 on Attu.  Things were going well, I was knocking birds off left and right adding 14 on that day amazingly and I look to my right and then to my right was this cat.  After the bear/bare, I was asking no questions, and got my naked butt the heck out of there and did not even hang out on that side of the road ever again for fear it was lurking.  Then embarrassingly, I looked at the picture.  Where was the tail?  It was just a bobcat…whew, I should have known better.  Miss identifying a cat…?   But it was another nude mammal!  I also saw my first nude skunk!

It was just Bob, good ole’ Bob and not some aggressive she-cat or retiree from Arizona…ok..enough puns and innuendoes.

I also found out what an Arizona monsoon is.  Luckily I was naked cause everything was wet anyways and I was just trying to get back from an outhouse, well…and I heard a Botteri’s Sparrow enroute and then the rain came, and came, and came….

I know you real birders out there especially, Attu birders are confident that I am below a novice birder.  As they say, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while….and I know for big time birders, these are common everyday stuff, but seeing eight life birds in four hours is a big deal to me but heck, I saw some cool stuff, so here they are!

Mira Vista Resort, Tucson AZ. July 24, 2013

  • 575.  Northern beardless tyranulet

Madera Canyon, AZ, July 25-26, 2013

  • 576.  Mexican Whippoorwill
  • 577.  Elegant trogon
  • 578.  Sulphur-bellied flycatcher
  • 579.  Greater peewee
  • 580.  Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • 581.  Olive warbler
  • 582.  Boteri’s sparrow
  • 583.  Dusky capped flycatcher
  • 584.  Hepatic tanager
  • 585.  Varied bunting
  • 585.  Common poorwill
  • 587.  Rufus-winged sparrow

Chuparosa Bed and Breakfast, Madera Canyon AZ, July 25, 2013

  • 588.  Broad-billed hummingbird
  • 589.  violet-crowned hummingbird

(note I was having some camera issues but those were fixed midway)

hepatic tanager 2

Hepatic Tanager

yellow eyed junco best

Yellow eyed junco

trogon 2

elegant trogon!!  He had friends too.

magnificent hummingbird 2

Magnificent Hummingbird

western tanager

western tanager

painted redatart 2

Painted redstart

acorn 3

acorn woodpecker

black throated gray warbler

Black throated gray warbler

house wren 3 (2)House wren

broad billed hummingbird

Broad billed hummingbird

sulphur bellied 16

Sulphur bellied flycatcher

greater pewee

Greater Pewee

cordilleran flycatcher

Western wood pewee

dusky capped flycatcher 3

Dusky Capped Flycatcher




2 thoughts on “#589 Arizona Cougar Alert!

  1. You had to rub it in, didn’t you, about seeing multiple trogons?! What a fabulous trip. I’ll be asking for tips next time I go to Tucson… Oh, and I’m glad you were wearing your snake boots to scare off that big kitty.

  2. Wow! Sounds like a lot of fun. You knocked off some excellent birds! That bobcat looks more tawny than the ones we had down in the desert in Tucson. It does look more cougar like. I think I would have run as well if I had my niblets exposed.

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