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December 27th, 2012
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Wintering Broad-billed Hummingbird

Hummingbird migration ended here at Fun Birding Towers in Rio Rico at the beginning of October, with the arrival of a few wintering ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRDS and the last of the RUFOUS and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS departing. All bar one, anyway.

Since then, only once or twice a week, a somewhat worn but still very beautiful adult […]

September 12th, 2011
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Paton's Hummingbirds

Broad-billed-Hummingbird-Patons-11-0909-04It turns out, not surprisingly, that having dozens of hummingbirds around the feeder a few feet from your window is quite distracting! Over the past few days I’ve seen six species. These photos are taken through the window, so all things considered they’re pretty decent. […]

August 27th, 2011
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August Workshop: Mixed Flocks

Hermit-Warbler-Mt-Lemmon-11-0827-01Warblers were a big target and we found an impressive nine species. ORANGE-CROWNED, VIRGINIA’S and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were foraging on sunny banks and in stream side willows, while the pine flocks consisted of PAINTED REDSTART, TOWNSEND’S, HERMIT, GRACE’S, WILSON’S and RED-FACED WARBLERS. […]

August 26th, 2011
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Tucson area

Olive-Warbler-Mt-Lemmon-11-0826-02We encountered two decent-sized mixed flocks. One was based on MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES and PYGMY NUTHATCHES and also contained OLIVE and several HERMIT WARBLERS, BROWN CREEPER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Another flock was largely BUSHTITS with OLIVE, ORANGE-CROWNED, HERMIT, TOWNSEND’S and RED-FACED WARBLERS. […]