The drive west included fun twisty bits on Gates Pass Road and set the tone of the day. After reaching the museum and passing through the entrance turnstile, I saw my first Curve-billed Thrasher (such bright eyes!) and other firsts. Unfortunately, my notes have evaporated and won't facilitate a further recitation of species.
Make sure to visit the hummingbird aviary. I loved seeing and hearing the hummers at such close range.
In addition to the birds, the plants caught my interest. I finally learned that ocotillo (above) is known as coachwhip and is a succulent but not a cactus.