Western Diamondback Rattlesnake – a (too) close encounter!
Todays excitement came in the form of two close encounters with snakes! The first was on the dirt road between Cochise College and Double Adobe – possibly a Coachwhip. The second was almost a step too far for Jane as she, unknowingly, came within a few feet of a ‘rattler’ – probably a Western Diamondback! Any American snake experts reading this blog, who can specifically identify the photos, please do leave a comment. Away from Herpetology, the birding in Cave Creek Canyon first thing this morning was excellent – we heard Elegant Trogon, our target bird, on this our third attempt, but failed to see it. Our best find was a Northern Pygmy Owl. At Whitewater Draw wildlife refuge, owls again took star billing with a nesting pair of Great Horned Owl and their three youngsters. They were flooding the fields at this latter site, which proved attractive to ducks, waders and other water birds – a rare occurrence in arid Arizona. Tonight we are staying at The Sagebrush Inn, in Tombstone – one-time home of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday!
Possible Coachwhip snake
First of two owl species seen today – Northern Pygmy Owl (with prey), Cave Creek Canyon
Grab shot of three young Great Horned Owl, Whitewater Draw wildlife refuge
Our over-night accommodation..