Tag Archives: Cave Creek

~Birding in Arizona – American Kestrel

~Cave Creek, Cave Creek Regional Park, November, 2017


high atop a cactus

scanning surroundings for food

focused and alert


American Kestrel, male


Going for the kill.


Sure hope it wasn’t another bird. I can’t tell what it is.


Almost finished!


“Glad it wasn’t us.”

House Finch, male.


House Finch, Female

Happy Birding!

~Icon of the Desert – Gila Woodpecker


~Cave Creek Regional Park, Cave Creek, AZ, November, 2017

What a treat it was to listen, watch and photograph these gorgeous woodpeckers. They were busy building a nest in a Saguaro Cactus in our back “yard”. Go out to this Web-site and listen to their call – Gila

Gila Woodpecker, Male.




Notice the red cap.


Notice the yellow belly.






A nest.


~Happy Birding~

~Cave Creek Regional Park, Part One

~Cave Creek, AZ

From Dead Horse Ranch State Park to Cave Creek Regional Park

Howard and I spent a week at Cave Creek Regional Park. This was our second visit to Cave Creek, AZ and I am sure we will return. We love this quiet, beautiful regional park and enjoy touring around the surrounding towns of Carefree and Scottsdale.


Our site, #17, was huge, very private with gorgeous views in all directions. The birding from my “coach-bird-blind” was awesome. Sunsets and sunrises were spectacular. Everyday we watching hot air balloons lifting into the air.

Site 17
Site 17, pull through.
A sunrise photo with hot air balloons rising in the background.

~We met friends Lois and Herb at Northern Mountain Brewery in Phoenix, for an early dinner and brew. We had a great time guys! Here is a link: Brewery


~Howard and I went to Harold’s, located in an 80 year old building, and enjoyed lunch sitting on their patio. Harold’s first opened in 1935 and boy does the place have character. This was a return visit for us. If you are ever in Cave Creek go eat at Harold’s. Web-site here: Harold’s


~One day we took a walk around Caroline Bartol Preserve Nature Trail in Cave Creek. A crew was there constructing a cell tower making it look like a Saguaro Cactus.

Caroline Bartol Preserve Nature Trail

~Saturday we took a ride to McDowell Regional Park. We have never been there and wanted to see the RV park. The drive through the McDowell Mountain Range was absolutely gorgeous. The RV area within McDowell is very nice, with outstanding views of the mountains. Maybe one day we will camp there.

We just had to pick Saturday for our visit. This past weekend there were 2,000+ racers competing in a 200 mile overnight, relay race. We couldn’t believe the number of vehicles parked along the road leading to the RV loops.


~Driving out of the McDowell Regional Park we saw this “little lady” trying to cross the road.

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~Coming up next landscape, sunset, sunrise and birding photos.