This trip's group was wonderful and cohesive. We had a celebrity on this trip, Sandy Komito of "The Big Year" fame. He is the person that Owen Wilson's character was based on. He was a wonderful story teller and quite the character.
After birding in the Chiricahuas, we made a stop at the USFWS Leslie Canyon Refuge Headquarters where we were shown a local resident, this Gila Monster. (No one was injured in the photographing encounter)
Hummingbird numbers were down due to the fact that many flowers popped up along mountain edges, inaccessible to humans, allowing the birds to feed on them rather than feeders, a result of the 2011 fire.
I am optimistic that August will bring more Hummers from the north, Rufous, Allen's, Calliope, Costa's and Broad tailed Hummingbirds. As mentioned we experienced wonderful monsoon rains in the Huachucas. However, Rodeo, Portal and the Chiricahuas has not been so lucky as the rains keep missing them.
My next trip is Hummingbirds of Southeast Arizona with High Lonesome Bird Tours starting August 18-25, 2012. Stay tuned for the results of that trip here on my blog.