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August 27th, 2011
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August Workshop: Mixed Flocks

Hermit-Warbler-Mt-Lemmon-11-0827-01Warblers were a big target and we found an impressive nine species. ORANGE-CROWNED, VIRGINIA’S and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were foraging on sunny banks and in stream side willows, while the pine flocks consisted of PAINTED REDSTART, TOWNSEND’S, HERMIT, GRACE’S, WILSON’S and RED-FACED WARBLERS. […]

August 26th, 2011
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Tucson area

Olive-Warbler-Mt-Lemmon-11-0826-02We encountered two decent-sized mixed flocks. One was based on MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES and PYGMY NUTHATCHES and also contained OLIVE and several HERMIT WARBLERS, BROWN CREEPER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Another flock was largely BUSHTITS with OLIVE, ORANGE-CROWNED, HERMIT, TOWNSEND’S and RED-FACED WARBLERS. […]

August 25th, 2011
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Santa Rita loop

Arizona-Sister-Madera-Canyon-11-0825-07We had good views of two THICK-BILLED KINGBIRDS at Patagonia Roadside Rest. Along Blue Haven Road we found three ZONE-TAILED HAWKS, LAZULI BUNTINGS and an INCA DOVE. Paton’s was great, with lots of hummingbirds including VIOLET-CROWNED, plus calling GRAY HAWK, a pair of COMMON GROUND-DOVES, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER and plenty more. […]

August 20th, 2011
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Mt Lemmon

birders-at-Inspiration-Rock-03At Bear Wallow we found a mixed flock. The birds were coming down to a couple of small puddles. We had amazing views of MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HERMIT THRUSH, HERMIT WARBLER and RED-FACED WARBLER. When the latter landed at close range, there was the distinctive sound of a mega-bird giving mind-blowing views when everyone, myself included, said “aaaaaahhhhhh, wow!” in perfect harmony. Quite a memorable moment. […]