Camp Creek and Salt River Granite Reef Recreation Area. 5 and 6 Dec 2020.

This weekend I was invited to bird around Needle Rock, in specifically an area called “Camp Creek”, which is an absolutely fantastic riparian area that meanders through cottonwood and mesquite up to the Rio Verde river. The trailhead here is 19 miles {25 minutes} from Roundhouse. I arrived around 730AM and it was a chilly…

Tres Rios Wetlands and Lake Pleasant. 21 and 22 Nov 2020.

On Saturday, November 21, I birded Tres Rios Wetlands with a local border friend of mine who I originally met in Jacksonville at Spoonbill Pond! Tres Rios is in Maricopa County, just southwest of Phoenix, in the small town of Tolleson. It is access by permit only, which is easy and free to get via…

Prescott, AZ. Lynx and Watson Lakes. 7 Nov 2020.

On Saturday,  November 7th, we headed up to Prescott to do a little hiking and visit downtown. I hit these two locations years ago on a trip out here and have always wanted to revisit them with Marie. Lynx Lake is 85 miles (90 minutes drive)  from Roundhouse, and costs $5 to visit.  We arrived…

Hassayampa River Preserve. 30 Oct 2020.

Hassayampa River Preserve is 50 miles (56 minutes) from Roundhouse. It’s a north Maricopa County hotspot that hosts many rarities and has large swaths of riparian areas. It is part of the Maricopa Regional Parks so it accepts the annual pass I bought a few weeks back. I visited it twice last weekend in hopes…

Bartlett Lake / Tonto National Forest. 28 Oct 2020.

I took a few days off work and planned on doing some more local exploring. On Wednesday morning,  October 28th, I decided to check out Bartlett Lake Recreation Area, which is 22 miles (34 minutes) from Roundhouse. People often ask if I’ll miss the water in Arizona,  and I don’t think so… if I’m jonesing…

Usery Mountain Regional Park–Wind Cave Trail. Mesa, AZ. 11 Oct 2020.

Usery Mountain Regional Park (Mesa, Arizona) is 48 miles / 53 minutes from Roundhouse, and is part of the Maricopa County regional park system that accepts the annual pass we purchased yesterday. We arrived there this morning around 7:30AM, and although there is plenty of parking, the place was filling up pretty well. Our target…

Go John Trail. Cave Creek Regional Park. 10 October 2020.

Cave Creek Regional Park is 8.6 miles from Roundhouse (16 minute drive). It is $7 per vehicle to enter, or accessible using the $85 per year annual pass, which is good at all Maricopa County regional parks (including Spur Cross). This morning, Marie and I visited this new park (to us)…Cave Creek Regional Park, which…

Brewer Trail. Sedona, AZ. 4 Oct 2020.

On Sunday, October 4th, Marie and I decided to head up to Sedona and do a little hiking, hit a couple local shops, and have a leisurely lunch. I jumped on the AllTrails app to search for trails in Sedona, and it returned (literally) “500 Trails”. I selected a couple that looked good and we…

Tom’s Thumb Trail. Scottsdale. 3 Oct 2020

Tom’s Thumb Trail is 27 minutes (15 miles) from Roundhouse. On Saturday, October 3rd, we decided to go for a hike in the morning before running some local errands. We decided on Tom’s Thumb Trailhead since it was fairly close to home and we could get some great exercise with the elevations. There is plenty…

Glendale Recharge Ponds. 27 Sep 2020.

Today I visited Glendale Recharge Ponds and tallied a nice number of species (ebird list here). I’ve been going to this hotspot for at least ten years when I visited Phoenix on business, but this was my first visit as a resident and with Swarzooka (my 95mm spotting scope). When I’ve traveled here with a…