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December 31st, 2010
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Atascosa Highlands CBC

Upper-Sycamore-Canyon-10-1231-04The weather played a big part. It was cold and for much of the morning it was snowing lightly. We struggled to find many birds all day, despite a concerted effort. Our best birds were a lowland BROWN CREEPER and four EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, which proved to be the only ones on the count. […]

December 30th, 2010
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Chiricahua Mountains

Joe Corcoran and I spent the night in the Chiricahuas, at Cave Creek Ranch in Portal. Around the accommodation this morning we saw a showy PAINTED REDSTART, several BLUE-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, 30+ CEDAR WAXWINGS and 8 WHITE-WINGED DOVES. Many thanks to Reed for his usual kind hospitality.

We braved the snow and mud and made […]

December 29th, 2010
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Santa Cruz Flats, Willcox & the Chiricahuas

shorebird-Willcox-10-1229-03We charged around Lake Cochise in about ten minutes, seeing nothing of note except one shorebird. We puzzled over the ID for a while but came to the hasty conclusion that it must be a droopy-billed Baird’s Sandpiper. I was slightly alarmed to discover there were no previous December records in SE Arizona, so I wanted to check the photos before I made a claim. […]

December 28th, 2010
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Short-tailed Hawk

Short-tailed-Hawk-Tucson-10-1228-09After 45 minutes the SHORT-TAILED HAWK appeared. We got good views in flight and then watched as it folded its wings and stooped at full speed at a Northern Mockingbird, just missing its intended prey. We spent the next 20 minutes watching this rather beautiful little hawk. […]