Day 20 – Snakes on the plain

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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

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First of two owl species seen today – Northern Pygmy Owl (with prey), Cave Creek Canyon

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Grab shot of three young Great Horned Owl, Whitewater Draw wildlife refuge

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Our over-night accommodation..

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