I met a new friend near Benson. I named him snuggles.

I met a new friend near Benson. I named him snuggles.

It had been raining most of May, and thankfully I had scheduled a trip to Arizona to visit Homer just in time. More pictures of my trip by Homer on the link.

In fact it’s still raining, my garden is a withered, rotten mess and even the toilet paper inside the house is turning to mush. If this keeps up I may have to buy a dehumidifier. Basements are damp on a good day.

Anyhow, pure sunshine was just what the doctor ordered, and I got a lot of birding done and caught up with many friends down there, and made a few new ones too. This time I stayed at the lovely Adobe Guest House which was lovely and I highly recommend it.

Homer had mentioned going to see the bats under the bridge on previous visits, but those visits were in spring and the bats weren’t there yet. But on a May visit they were out in force and really cool to watch – fyi it’s my first video posted on this here blog! You can see them in the summer in Tucson at the Rillito River Bridge at Campbell Avenue.
Bridge Bats
I had also visited previously during spring bird migration, where you could see certain birds that were flying through Arizona but many of the summer residents had not arrived yet. So this time I was able to see a rare elegant trogon, and several other new species:
Elegant Trogon
Other new species included rock wrens, painted redstarts, yellow-eyed juncos, gray-breasted jays, and black-headed grosbeaks. Most of them are more commonly seen in Mexico. I saw them at Madera Canyon in the Coronado National Forest, almost to Mexico. Thankfully a wall won’t keep the birds from visiting the US. I only covered a single trail since I was so focused on seeing new birds, but I hope to get there again to do the other trails. The non-bird views were amazing:
Elephant Head
Next weekend I’m going to the Bingham Cup in Nashville. I think it’ll be my last big gay rugby tournament. I’ve been to all of them except for the ones in London and Sydney, and they’ve all been a blast. But rugby takes a lot of time during the season, and my beaten body just doesn’t heal as fast as it used to. At 45, rugby is hard on the body, but I really like the fitness it gives me. Bowling or darts just aren’t the same. Still thinking about what to do next that’s both social and active, but easier on the body.


  1. Trachalio says:

    What about competitive swimming or water polo? Both are great ways to stay fit, and are zero impact. Well, swimming is at least. Waterpolo does have a lot of punching and grabbing involved 😉

    I’d just recently started playing Ultimate again, but that’s definitely making me feel my age. I’m loving it, but today I’m wearing a knee brace and ankle brace. Likely because my fiancee came to watch and I wanted to show off a bit for him 😛

  2. jimbo says:

    I was in waterpolo before rugby, but short hobbits don’t stand a chance against tall people. But it’s an idea to ponder…I still have my speedos!

  3. NIFP says:

    I like the competitive swimming idea. Or you could try marathons. Judging from the pics, rugby has certainly kept you fit. However, I totally agree that you are perhaps getting to the age where you need to start being a bit careful with how you handle your body. Depending on your insurance, injuries can be very expensive to treat.

    It’s a shame you weren’t in the shirtless pic on Homer’s blog :). Your taking a leak photobomb was great.

    I highly recommend a dehumidifier for your apt. The only problem is the noise they make. Perhaps some models are quieter.

  4. Dumplin' Honeychild says:

    Drag is a good winter sport. And thanks to Conceit Wurst, you can keep your beard.

  5. FearsomeBeard says:

    Darts….oh my. Thanks for the morning chuckle.