December 14 – 16, 2020.
We first visited Whitewater Draw four years ago on the same trip when we were tooling through Southern Arizona visiting places like Bisbee and Tombstone. It was a quick overnight stop and we probably would have missed it completely if friends hadn’t recommended it to us. We found Sandhill Cranes there. Lots of them. Little did we know that four years later we would be deep down the birding rabbit hole and Whitewater Draw would become more than just a place to stop along the way, it would be a destination and a highlight in our birding quest.
Whitewater Draw is 1,500 acres of marsh and grassland managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and is the winter home to over 20,000 migrating Sandhill Cranes. Three days of free camping are allowed at the Draw every seven days. We took advantage of all those days and saw not only lots of Cranes but many other birds now checked off of our birding life list.
* All pics are click to enlarge.
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