Birding Blog Archives

August 19th, 2011
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Las Cienegas

Las-Cienegas-11-0819-01Summer residents in the riparian habitat included COMMON GROUND-DOVE, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and calling GRAY HAWKS, whilst migrants were represented by OLIVE-SIDED and PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LAZULI BUNTING, WESTERN TANAGER, a NASHVILLE WARBLER moving through mesquites near the HQ and multiple WILSON’S WARBLERS. […]

August 17th, 2011
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Sky Islands Birding Cup

Team photoIt was a great day, with some nice sets including: two vultures, seven hawks, two falcons, four owls, three Myiarchus flycatchers, four kingbirds, three nuthatches, five wrens and twelve warblers. RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS were singing at about five sites, CASSIN’S and BOTTERI’S at two or three. Much of SE Arizona is looking green, lush and beautiful. […]

August 14th, 2011
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Elegant Trogon

Elegant-Trogon-Madera-Canyon-11-0814-01We encountered a stunning male ELEGANT TROGON. It came in to a fruiting choke cherry tree a couple of times in the hour we staked it out. I’d still like much better trogon photos than this, but they’re probably me best yet of this enigmatic and much sought after species. […]

August 14th, 2011
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California Gulch, Madera Canyon

Ruby-Rd-11-0814-05We completed a clean sweep of Arizona’s Aimophila sparrows with a few RUFOUS-CROWNED along Ruby Road. It was the first time I’d been since the Murphy Complex Fire earlier in the year. I was so pleased to see how everything looked, much better than I imagined. It’s undoubtedly my favorite place in Arizona, for both the birding and the scenery. It’s absolutely gorgeous! […]