Taken with my phone, with maximum "zoom" (which is just digital zoom, so lost quality... )
I don't know one bird from another, but a Google search tells me it is probably a Grey Hawk .
And on the road, on the way home: It had already been run over... but it was still moving so I stayed a safe distance away!
I'm a history buff, so I've dragged my wife along to visit any number of ghost towns here in the Southwest. The best, by far, is only a forty-five minute drive from Yuma... but mostly over unfinished roads.
So Castle Dome has all three of the ideal characteristics for a tourist spot: intrinsic interest, photogenic, ... and very few tourists!
It's a great place for "impressionist photography" - studies in form and color - with lots of old machinery... and a half-dozen bars.
Sunrise at Monument Valley
From the NPS site:
People gathered here during the 1100s, gradually building this 100-room pueblo with a community room and ballcourt. By 1182, perhaps 85 to 100 people lived at Wupatki Pueblo, the largest building for at least fifty miles. Within a day's walk, a population of several thousand surrounded Wupatki.
Wupatki appears empty and abandoned. Though it is no longer physically occupied, Hopi believe the people who lived and died here remain as spiritual guardians. Stories of Wupatki are passed on among Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and perhaps other tribes. Members of the Hopi Bear, Sand, Lizard, Rattlesnake, Water, Snow, and Katsina Clans return periodically to enrich their personal understanding of their clan history. Wupatki is...