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July 28th, 2009
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If at first you don’t succeed…

[thumb:4276:l]After Friday’s unsuccessful effort, I couldn’t resist having another go at seeing the Brown-backed Solitaire at Ramsey Canyon. I decided to give myself a break and arrive around the time the bird is usually seen, so took a leisurely drive down to the Huachuca Mountains and pulled into the parking area just after 10am.

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July 26th, 2009
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No Solitaire

Southeast Arizona always attracts interesting birds from Mexico, but so far this year the birds have been surprising – a Gray-collared Becard (or maybe two, depending on who saw what) in the Chiricahuas, and now a Brown-backed Solitaire in the Huachucas, first at Miller Canyon, then at Ramsey Canyon (or are there two of these […]

July 1st, 2009
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Late again

Not for the first time I missed a major Arizona rarity by not getting in gear quickly enough. The bird in question was a Pacific Golden Plover, which had been recorded in the state only once before. It had been present at Willcox Lake for two days – but was nowhere to be seen on […]