The most exciting birds on our hike in Cave Creek Canyon were the Elegant Trogan and the Montezuma Quail. The trogan is a dramatically colored large bird. There are many species of trogans in Mexico and further south, but of all these, only a few of the elegant trogan species are seen on the US side of the border. We saw one on a previous trip, but were very happy to see it again.
|Our birding group.|
|We are staying at the Portal Peak Lodge, which is pretty basic|
and not at all luxurious -- but it's where we need to be.