Henry Detwiler is a good friend of the magazine. He's a birder and tour leader from Yuma, Arizona, and a member of the Arizona Rare Bird Committee. He's written stories for us describing the birding at Kofa Queen Canyon in the massive Kofa National Wildlife Refuge and at California's Salton Sea.
The other day he sent photos from a trip he took to Giant Sequoia National Monument. The photos were so great, I asked if we could post them here, and he agreed. Enjoy. — M.M.
"We had a great time in Giant Sequoia National Monument. It was a long drive, but the beautiful immense trees, pretty wildflowers, mountain breezes, and of course the high-country birds made it all worth it. In addition to the regular Steller's Jays, American Robins, and House Wrens, we got some more exciting bird fare. Singing Winter Wrens, MacGillivray's Warblers, and Cassin's Finches were along several of the many creeks, and both White-headed Woodpeckers and Red-breasted Sapsuckers were present at several stops. Up close to the edge of the tree line on the road to the Needles, we chased the booming of several Sooty Grouse until they wore us out. I swear they have ventriloquil talents unmatched by any bird I know. Either that or they can burrow under the ground when predators get too close!" — Henry Detwiler