There is always a start to any adventure and sometimes the end isn't when you expect it. Early in July my husband and I went on a birding bonanza. We saw many birds, but were saddened to learn that some of the rare birds we expected to see may not be there due to a fire in previous years. So, when he spotted a report of the bird we missed, it was the perfect way to end that journey even if it wasn't when the trip had originally ended.
We called Mary Jo to try to figure out when would be the best time to see the bird. After our conversation with her we decided to stay in town until the afternoon and make an afternoon run of it.
We started off around 3pm and headed down to Southern Arizona once again. We arrived after grabbing some McDonald's and parked in one of the birding spots. The kids needed to run so we took turns going in to sit and watch the feeders and walk around the dirt road with the kids.
Mary Jo's was more full than it was on our original visit, both of people and of birds. When my turn came it took all of about 10 minutes to have the feeders visited not just by the Lucifer(bird we came to see), but an Anna's/Costus Hybrid, a Lucifer/Costus Hybrid, an Anna's, and a Rufus Hummingbird!
I love this shot showing off his color!
I think in all 2 males were spotted with a potential female lurking about.
This shot is posted because it's one of my favorite showing his throat off, lit up by the sun!
The even faded and it started getting dark. Majority of the birders left and Mary Jo allowed us to bring the kids into her bird sanctuary where my daughter was excited to check out the birds. She wore her little binoculars around her neck and kept asking to pet Mary Jo's pet birds whom prefer only to be petted by Mary Jo. It was great to be able to share this with our children. My son felt big as he got to sit in his own adult size chair looking about like his dad! Who knows maybe these two will grow up to be birders and when they ask about the places they have gone to see birds we can share this story with them! We said goodbye to Mary Jo and the birds and headed back into the now dusky night for home. A little hectic but the perfect ending at an unplanned time to our bird bonanza.