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Southeast Arizona’s Patagonia Lake

April 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

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Sharon and I started our second full day in Southeast Arizona near Patagonia. This is a town of about 900 people, famous among birders out of proportion for the size of its human population. I haven’t been able to find any connection between Patagonia, Arizona, and the region of that name at the southern end of South America or with the outdoor clothing company that rock climber and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard founded.

Unless you are a bird you can hardly get from Santa Rita Lodge where we stayed in Madera Canyon to Patagonia, Arizonia. A bird could make the trip in minutes with an 18-mile flight straight south. But the lodge is in the Santa Rita Mountains in the nearly-roadless Coronado National Forest, so we had to drive 65 miles through the border town of Nogales to get to Patagonia Lake State Park. The trip was worth the effort.

We hiked on a sunny and calm morning first along the shore of the lake. But even better was hiking the Sonoita Creek Trail at the upstream end of the lake. We hiked this little trail through open forest with a marsh and stream to our left (north) and mesquite trees to our right (south).

We watched a Great Blue Heron on the lake. As we watched, it took off.

A Great Blue Heron Takes Off

A Great Blue Heron Takes Off

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We saw more lizards. This one has turquoise dots on its chest.

Given my love of bright colors, the hike amply rewarded me.

Given my love of bright colors, the hike amply rewarded me.

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A Male Vermilion Flycatcher Catches Some Rays

A Male Vermilion Flycatcher Catches Some Rays

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The Brilliant Red of this Male Northern Cardinal Contrasts with the Blue Sky

The Brilliant Red of this Male Northern Cardinal Contrasts with the Blue Sky

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We visited Patagonia Lake on the recommendation of Sandy Komito, whom we met last year on tour of Belize. Sandy still holds the record for the most species of birds anyone ever saw in one year in North America, and was the main character in the book The Big Year and in the movie of the same title.

“It’s one of my favorites,” Sandy wrote me of Patagonia Lake, when I told him that we were visiting Southeast Arizona. Now Sharon and I know why.

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