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April 16th, 2010
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Ramsey Canyon, San Pedro House

Dusky-capped-Flycatcher-Ramsey-Canyon-10-0416-01Hutton's-Vireo-Ramsey-Canyon-10-0416-01Joe, Becky, Roger, Mary-Louise and I birded Ramsey Canyon this morning. A splendid male BLUE-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD joined the other hummers at the Ramsey Canyon Inn over breakfast and a couple more were seen on the preserve. Around the preserve and Inn feeders were PAINTED REDSTART, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, five WILD TURKEYS, a smart male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, a couple of DARK-EYED JUNCOS, PACIFIC-SLOPE and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, a pair of HUTTON’S VIREOS nest-building and a very sweet BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD on a nest (thanks Sandy!)

Lark-Bunting-San-Pedro-House-10-0416-02Singing LARK SPARROW and a pair of BULLOCK’S ORIOLES brightened up Ramsey Canyon Road.

Vermilion-Flycatcher-San-Pedro-House-10-0416-01We spent the afternoon around San Pedro House. The highlight was the continuing male GREEN KINGFISHER which I heard calling from my position a little way from the river. After I shouted it out, Roger and Joe both saw it as it dashed upstream level with the Kingfisher Pond.

Other birds included a (presumed) WHITE-FACED IBIS which flew over the Kingfisher Pond, a couple more DARK-EYED JUNCOS, several calling SUMMER TANAGERS, three BREWER’S SPARROWS and nine LARK BUNTINGS. It was a real treat to watch Sheri Williamson, Tom Wood and their dedicated band of volunteers catching and banding Black-chinned Hummers and spreading the good word about birding and conservation.

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