I did not realize that the Cactus wrens were so large, but they drill a lot of holes in the cactus plants that are used by many birds as nests.
When I first saw this bird at a distance, I thought I was getting pictures of a Mountain Chickadee, only to find out is was a Bridled titmouse.
Each morning I watched the Gambel's quail as they were everywhere we went.
One of the most exciting bird I wanted to seen was everywhere we went. The Vermillion flycatcher was one of my most favorite sightings as I saw them every day we were there.
The Phainopepla was a noisy bird but new to me. When they fly the have beautiful white patches on their wings.
On the second day we were there we hiked to the ruins of the Salado Indians that inhabited these caves. They built individual houses inside these caves.
It was fun exploring the wilds of Arizona through hiking, hunting rocks, looking for birds and enjoying friends. Rocks are easy to find except for the special ones we were looking for.