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September 29th, 2008
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Dangerous!

I’d managed to wangle a day off and my original plan was to go to Patagonia again and try to see the wren, but in an attempt to inject a bit of success into my birding trips I changed my mind at the last minute and opted for a day of checking watery sites. I’m […]

September 20th, 2008
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Giant Swallowtails

Melanie woke me up with a “photo emergency” – a pair of Giant Swallowtails was mating in the courtyard.

A constant presence in the garden these past few days in threes and fours, we’ve also noticed lots of their caterpillars, which use the age old camouflage of looking like a fair sized noggin of bird […]

September 6th, 2008
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Rattled!

Well, the trend of not seeing what I’m looking for continued, with the absence of not one but two Northern Waterthrushes at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, and an American Purple Gallinule (which was seen just before we got there but had wandered off back into the reeds).

But whilst the birds let us down again, […]

September 5th, 2008
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Patagonia for the Sinaloa

The day before I left for California, Matt Brown and Robin Baxter found a Sinaloa Wren at Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve here in SE Arizona, a first record for the USA.

Bruce has a very big list, it’s fair to say. In fact, in the lower 48 states he’s seen more species than only two or […]