About a week ago my friend Geniece and I joined our pals Richard Fray and Ed for some owling on Mt. Lemmon. We battled 30+ mph winds most of the night. After three hours we had seen zero birds and heard only one, a distant Mexican Whip-poor-will. I was a little bummed! But at the bottom of the mountain the wind calmed down and our luck changed. We heard a couple of Elf Owls calling, but never got a visual. At least we hadn't struck out on owls. A little further down the highway we struck gold when we spotted two owls off the road. One flew down for shocking, eye-level, unobstructed views! WOW! It's one of the best birding experiences I've had. What a cool bird to have as my 300th species in Pima County.
Richard Fray happens to be a wonderful bird guide, I highly recommend him. Check out his website for birding in Southeast Arizona.