We have been in SE Arizona several times but have never made it to Patagonia Lake State Park.
The lake is very pretty.
We didn’t see a Mountain Lion but we did see several cattle grazing in the park.
Our visit to the park was to go on the Ranger led bird walk and to check for future volunteer opportunities.
The park is pretty typical with close together sites. While we waited for the bird walk to start, more and more people started showing up. It didn’t take long for us to realize that this wasn’t our favorite situation. The walk was going to be 3 hours with 4 leaders in order to accommodate the very large group.
As the group decided which leader to follow, Mark and I decided to slip away and go off by ourselves.
We saw 43 birds in about two hours.
The park maintained a few hummingbird feeders, and we saw both Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds.
We saw a few desert birds, including a tiny Verdin and the Cardinal-like Pyrrhuloxia.
And the lake offered a variety of ducks and waterbirds, including a big group of Common Mergansers. The females were all sporting their "bad hair day" feathers, while the males have solid dark heads.
Common Merganser females
Common Merganser male and female
And scratching around on the ground we found a Winter Wren, which is rare for this area.
Winter WrenEven though we decided that we wouldn't be volunteering here in the near future, we enjoyed our visit.
Black-throated Gray Warbler