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March 14th, 2010
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Birding with Jon Dunn

On behalf of Tucson Audubon Society I had the wonderful opportunity to join Darlene Smyth in assisting birding legend Jon Dunn lead a free birding walk at Sweetwater Wetlands. Jon is one of the most respected birders in North America and chief consultant and author of much of the National Geographic field guide series. He’s also a super-nice man! He signed field guides for everyone (I took two – thanks Jon!) and he really showed his class as a birder and educator as he lead the huge group that turned out to meet him.

We saw some good birds, including nice looks at Harris’s Hawks, a Peregrine Falcon perched on a pylon and then circling quite low overhead, displaying Buffleheads among many other duck species, a single Double-crested and three Neotropic Cormorants, three swallow species including my first Violet-green Swallows of the year, one of the wintering Yellow Warblers, great views of a particularly stunning Common Yellowthroat and loads more.

Because there were so many people I didn’t really get the chance to do much birding with Jon, but it was great to meet him and see him in action. I was so busy showing birds in the scope and answering questions about them that I didn’t have time to take a single photo. In fact, I gave my camera to my friend Ed to hold and forgot to get it back again until the end, so poor Ed carried it around all morning. I seemed to attract my own little group and try as I might, I couldn’t get them to catch back up with the main group so we missed much of what Jon had to say and didn’t arrive back at the parking lot until 30 minutes after everyone had gone. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves though, as was I, so I didn’t mind at all.

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