Bosque del Apache NWR From the Balloon Fiesta, I headed to the village of San Antonio, about 20 miles south of Socorro, NM. I wanted to spend a few days at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, which is a wintering grounds for thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, Ross’ Geese and other waterfowl.
Chiricahua Mountains, Portal AZ From the Dragoon Mountains, I traveled around the north end of the Chiricahua Mountains to the community of Portal, AZ on the east side. This is the location of Cave Creek/South Fork Canyon, which is one of the premier birding areas in the country during spring migration. April and May are the peak months.
In late March I left the Tucson area. I enjoyed Tucson and the festivals, films, etc. But I was ready to leave the city for quieter places. I had briefly visited the Dragoon Mountains in October when I was in Sierra Vista. I plan to spend several weeks in southeast Arizona exploring some of the mountain ranges.