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Birds of The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Photos: Top Left- beautiful landscape at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Top Right- Cactus Wren perched on a cactus at the Sonora Desert Museum

Sonora Desert Museum

Tucson, Arizona


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Cranky Cactus Wren blowing in the wind
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Male Gila Woodpecker
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I was excited as I entered the park being greeted by Cactus Wrens.
The Sonora Desert Museum needs to be on your "must see" list when visiting Tucson. The outdoor living museum has miles of walking trails that take you past one amazing exhibit after another with beautiful views of the Sonora Desert. The botanical gardens are a must walk so go early in the morning or when there is cloud cover to help keep you cool. We saw many birds as we walked through the gardens. The park has over 1400 different kinds of plants, tons of butterflies, and reptiles crawling on rocks and pathways. You will see many animals and plant exhibits with many endangered or threatened native and rare species of the Sonora Desert. The living desert consist of exhibits of 106 mammals, 241 birds, 361 reptiles, 122 amphibians, 10,700 fish, 840 arthropods set in natural desert settings. Kids will enjoy the many hands-on activities as they discover new animals of the desert. They have a cool cave exhibit you can crawl through if you are not to claustrophobic. I only went in part way and bailed out. A little to much like real spunking for this girl! As you can see from the pictures below there is a lot to see and you will not want to miss the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

White winged dove
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Rufous Hummingbird
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Female Gila Woodpecker
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Male black-headed grosbeak
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White-eared Hummingbird
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Male black-headed grosbeak
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Inca dove
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Female Blue-throated Hummingbird
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House Sparrow
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Female Gila Woodpecker
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Broad-billed hummingbird
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American Robin
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Black-throated sparrow
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Many Butterflies, Grasshoppers, Desert Flowers and more.....

White butterfly
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Yellow flowers with visting Bumble Bee
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Grasshopper sunning himself

Grasshopper checking you out!
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Blue Butterfly
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Orange Butterfly
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Yellow Butterfly
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Here's looking at you!
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Large Desert Lizard
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Horny Toad
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Yellow cactus flower
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White desert flower
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Desert tree flower
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Purple desert flower
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Pink cactus bud
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Orange cactus flower
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Cactus owl nest
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Blue desert flower
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