Birding Blog Archives

May 31st, 2011
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Dates for your diary

Acorn-Woodpecker-Patons-11-0524-01I’ve added a few new dates to my calendar this summer, including two bonus Fun Birding Workshops, another Hummingbird Special in July as the original date is almost fully booked, and a Shorebird Special in August. These workshops are restricted to ten people (as is the Miller Canyon TAS trip) so please book your spot early. […]

May 28th, 2011

Rustic Sphinx Moth

Rustic-Sphinx-florence-dr-11-0528-03When I got home this evening I found a RUSTIC SPHINX MOTH nestled comfortably on the England flag that hangs by my back door (which reminds me and my visitors that I’m a strange foreigner from the other side of the world). This is a big moth – they can have a wingspan of up to six inches. What a stunning creature! […]

May 28th, 2011
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Continental, Madera Canyon

Common-Black-Hawk-Madera-Canyon-11-0528-04Our highlight was undoubtedly a COMMON BLACK HAWK soaring over the lower reaches of the Carrie Nation Trail. Could it be one of the birds seen at Patagonia Lake recently? Another raptor, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, pushed the Black Hawk close for bird of the day. This was much higher up the Carrie Nation Trail. […]

May 27th, 2011
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Madera Canyon, Rio Rico, Patagonia

Magnificent-Hummingbird-Madera-Canyon-11-0527-01At the Paton’s house, we were entertained by a couple of COMMON GROUND-DOVES, several GRAY HAWKS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, LARK SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK and BROAD-TAILED, BROAD-BILLED, BLACK-CHINNED and VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS. […]