The monsoon season brought much needed rain to central Arizona. And with it came the most beautiful butterflies. My garden zinnias have been a main attraction for many different types.
The brilliant Hooded Orioles (along with the Bullocks Orioles) visited our feeders this spring. These southwestern birds are very secretive so it was truly delightful to have them stop by for a few days.
Migration is in full swing and the Lazuli Buntings have been at our feeders for at least 2 weeks! And the Western Tanagers have just shown up.
A place well worth visiting is Tuzigoot National Monument. This ancient ruin was built approximately 1000 years ago on a limestone hilltop in Arizona’s Verde Valley. The Verde River runs 120 feet below and provided year round water for the Sinagua pueblo culture. Tuzigoot has been designated an Important Bird Area.