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Ramsey Canyon

June 1st, 2013 · No Comments

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Ramsey Canyon Preserve the is place that brought me to the Huachuca Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. The Nature Conservancy protects this cool and moist canyon where the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts meet the Sierra Madre of Mexico and the Rocky Mountains. Among birders and other naturalists, Ramsey Canyon is famous for its great biodiversity. To me it is the most beautiful of all the canyons of the Huahuacas.

The Nature Conservancy’s 380-acre preserve guards the entrance to the Miller Peak Wilderness of the Coronado National Forest, which surrounds Ramsey Canyon. On two successive mornings I took a tour of the preserve and then hiked through it up this wild and beautiful canyon in the wilderness.

The View Down to Upper Ramsey Canyon from the Overlook

The View Down to Upper Ramsey Canyon from the Overlook

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The View Further Up the Trail

The View Further Up the Trail

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The hummingbird feeders at Ramsey Canyon Preserve are famous for the great variety of hummers that come there. I finally saw and photographed one species that attract birds from around the country. Southeastern Arizona is the only place in the United States where it lives and then only in the warmer months.

The Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) Is Both Colorful and One of the Largest Hummers

The Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) Is Both Colorful and One of the Largest Hummers

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Two other birds that I found in Ramsey Canyon are even larger. One of these was a Wild Turkey. While Wild Turkeys are native to North America and live in all the lower 48 states, we seldom see the male, which is a lot bigger than female Wild Turkeys. And the Wild Turkeys that live in Ramsey Canyon are the Gould’s subspecies, the largest of the five such subspecies that live in America.

The Gould's Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo mexicana) Is Found in Part of Arizona and New Mexico

The Gould's Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo mexicana) Is Found in Part of Arizona and New Mexico

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On my second trip to Ramsey Canyon very early one morning I found the harem of Wild Turkeys but not the male. Instead, I found a bird that really doesn’t belong here at all. It was hanging out with the turkeys, but is a native of India.

This Lone Male Peacock (Pavo cristatus) Has Lived for About 20 Years Among the Wild Turkeys in Ramsey Canyon

This Lone Male Peacock (Pavo cristatus) Has Lived for About 20 Years Among the Wild Turkeys in Ramsey Canyon

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This peacock may be lonely, but he is lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

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