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May 19th, 2011
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Lesser Nighthawks

Lesser-Nighthawk-Tucson-11-0519-07At both parks, the LESSER NIGHTHAWKS were hawking for a minute or two before alighting on the pavement. I couldn’t get close enough on foot but as soon as we adopted the cover of the car, I was able to drive slowly up to the grounded birds and get pretty decent photos. […]

May 19th, 2011
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Blackpoll Warbler at Sweetwater

Blackpoll-Warbler-Sweetwater-11-0518-19After a while I found the BLACKPOLL WARBLER, in exactly the spot described. It was foraging silently, mostly in the lower branches of the largest tree overhanging the southern end of Willow Pond. It was loosely associating with four TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a WARBLING VIREO. […]

May 15th, 2011
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Continental, Madera Canyon

Black-headed-Grosbeak-Madera-Canyon-11-0515-03Santa Rita Lodge had a male INDIGO BUNTING with the LAZULI BUNTINGS, plus a BRONZED COWBIRD and a gobbling WILD TURKEY. Madera Kubo had the usual eye candy such as BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, HOODED ORIOLE, BRIDLED TITMOUSE, BLACK-CHINNED and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD. […]

May 14th, 2011
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Sweetwater Wetlands

Bobcat-Sweetwater-11-0514-01The highlights were mostly flycatchers: at least two continuing OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS as well as two WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES and at least four TROPICAL KINGBIRDS. There were still double figures of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, three calling SORAS, WESTERN TANAGER, BULLOCK’S ORIOLE, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, LAZULI BUNTINGS. A smart Bobcat was lurking near the middle of the complex. […]