The AveVentura team – Robert Merideth, Linda Stitzer, Kathy Jacobs, Susan Randolph, Ed Tobin and I – took part in this year’s Birdathon in aid of Tucson Audubon Society. We ended with the team’s best ever total of 123 species. Here are some highlights:
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT and WHITE-FACED IBIS overhead, SAVANNAH and singing BREWER’S SPARROWS, LAZULI BUNTINGS (which were everywhere all day, nice!)
Silverbell Lake, Christopher Columbus Park:
GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS.
GRAY FLYCATCHER, SNOW and ROSS’S GOOSE, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, lingering AMERICAN WIGEON and RING-NECKED DUCK.
GRAY HAWK, VIOLET-CROWNED and CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, BULLOCK’S, SCOTT’S and HOODED ORIOLES and a lot more. Thanks Michael!
Blue Haven Road:
ZONE-TAILED HAWK, BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER.
GRAY HAWK, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (seen by me only, my species #123)
About 70 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS, and a WHITE-FACED IBIS on the pond by the railroad, two BLACK VULTURES over.
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BELL’S VIREO.
YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, WILD TURKEY, MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, TOWNSEND’S WARBLER and lots of oriole and grosbeak action.
At least 30 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS flew from the desert and headed up canyon as we enjoyed a celebratory cold beverage at dusk.
What a great day. You can still sponsor us until mid-May. Please go to: tucsonaudubon.dojiggy.com/av2011 . 🙂