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Nature Conservancy's Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

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Nature Conservancy's

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve



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Other things to do in Patagonia 

Grasshopper catching a ride on our car hood
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Young Male White-eared Hummingbird
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Make sure you take time to enjoy the road on the way into the preserve.

I drove down the tree lined dirt road on the way to The Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, and  found myself pulling over several times to watch birds as they flew back and forth in the trees.  When I got to the nature station they had several nectar feeders hanging up to encourage hummingbirds and provide easy viewing. Right away I saw beautiful trees, trails, streams, insects, butterflies, and BIRDS! I headed down the trail and was lost in the quiet nature for hours. I was taken aback when I saw, for the first time, a Gray Hawk lazily soaring in circles overhead. I scrambled to capture him in my camera lens as I dodged leaves and tree limbs. I was not successful but the image of that light gray hawk is still etched in my mind. After my hike I was able to take advantage of the clean restroom and large sink at the nature station to clean up before lunch. It felt so refreshing to splash the cool water on my face. I headed to The Mercedes Cafe in town for lunch and enjoyed delicious Mexican food on their outside patio while Goldfinces chirped and bounced around on a nearby wooden fence.  It was a great place to relax after a day of birdwatching.

I truly escaped into nature that day at The Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve.

Young Male Vermilion Flycatcher
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Male Gila Woodpecker
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Female Varied Bunting
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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird
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Female Broad-billed Hummingbird
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Female Anna's Hummingbird
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Female Black Chinned Hummingbird
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another beautiful grasshopper
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another beautiful grasshopper
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Butterflys everywhere
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