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January 22nd, 2011
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Pena Blanca Lake

I spent the day birding with Laura Stewart, starting at Pena Blanca Lake. Within a few minutes we had located five LEAST GREBES and then had excellent views off and on for the next couple of hours, ranging across all three inlets at the south end of the lake. We never saw number six – hopefully it was just hiding.

We struck out on Sedge Wren but did find MARSH, HOUSE and BEWICK’S WRENS. A particularly showy PAINTED REDSTART was a real treat.

There was an impressive number of sapsuckers around, which included what appeared to be the same RED-NAPED x RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER hybrid that was (I think) first reported by Alan Schmierer back in Oct 2010 and depicted in a fine photograph here: Sadly (for me), my camera appears to have broken so I didn’t get any photos.

We stopped in at Santa Gertrudis Lane near Tumacacori without finding anything of particular note. Just think back to this time last year…

On the way home along I-19, we saw the wintering GRAY HAWK perched on a road sign by the Arivaca Rd exit.

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