It was a Saturday morning in November, 2013, when our friends, Kim and Sam, offered to have us join them on a Bird Walk. Patagonia Lake State Park seemed like a good spot to take a our first bird spotting hike, so we were anxious to give it a try. We were told there was a chance we might see an "Elegant Trogan" by the hike leader, Richard Frey. We were not familiar with that bird, and didn't see one that day, but we became hooked on birding!!
A new interest and a quick search on the internet led to the "Wings Over Willcox" event in January. Ken signed up for a Field Workshop to photograph Sandhill Cranes and other birds in southern Arizona. The trip guide turned out to be a great teacher, photographer, birder and now, has become a good friend. During the following years, Bryan Holliday has provided wonderful assistance in the pursuit of capturing birds with the camera. The result of the first hike and that workshop, has been the addition of new binocs, spotting scope, bird books, phone apps and camera gear. We now leave our Sandia Mountain home each fall and travel throughout the Southwest in our Motor Home with the objective of finding the good birding spots.
The camera has allowed us to become better at identifying birds and helped us learn more about the habitat and characteristics of our "fine feathered friends". In search of a good way to organize and share our pictures, another friend, Norm Lang, suggested that we start a website. Now, Janice maintains our "life list" with her iBird app and Ken handles the website. Our Standard Poodle, Brodie, encourages us to get out and take more walks where we hope that in addition to birds, a great landscape or another critter gets in the way from time to time.
More recently, Janice saw a photo Bryan had taken of a Brown Booby and asked him if she could paint it. This was her first bird watercolor and the start of new gallery on the website that includes a number of watercolors that she has completed. She has started selling watercolor reproductions and is starting to do commissioned work. What an interesting course of events that first bird walk has created!!We look forward to the time when our paths cross..........HAPPY TRAILS!!