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November 18th, 2011
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San Rafael Valley, Harshaw Canyon

I spent half a day birding with Mario Ugoletti from Washington D.C. We didn’t start until late morning.

We began at Paton’s in Patagonia where we found at least six LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, AMERICAN ROBIN, BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD and BLACK VULTURE overhead. As always, lots of good birds and well worth a visit, despite being a ‘quiet’ time at Paton’s.

Arriving at the San Rafael Valley around lunchtime, activity was predictably slow but we managed to find quite a few sparrows including a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, as well as a couple of flocks of CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR and a PRAIRIE FALCON. The usual HORNED LARKS and VESPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS were showing nicely, while a juvenile NORTHERN HARRIER gave us a close fly past and an opportunity for a decent photo.


Juvenile Northern Harrier


Savannah Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Horned Lark


Horned Lark


Horned Lark

We spent a while birding along Harshaw Road in the Patagonia Mountains, with the highlights being EASTERN BLUEBIRD and RUFOUS-WINGED and BLACK-CHINNED SPARROWS.

A very pleasant afternoon with some great birds, and a total of 50 species in limited habitats was pretty good.


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