Birding Blog Archives

September 29th, 2011
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Paton's Painted Buntings

Painted-Bunting-Patons-11-0929-05My birding highlight was first one, then two female-plumaged PAINTED BUNTINGS. The single bird was silent but when joined by the second they were calling quietly to each other as they foraged low in the grass. Along with the good numbers of LAZULI BUNTING currently and few lingering BLUE GROSBEAKS, I’ve only seen Painted Bunting along the creek this fall. […]

September 27th, 2011
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TAS Field Trip Paton's

Queen-Patons-11-0927-01The hummingbirds were buzzing and included BROAD-BILLED, BLACK-CHINNED, RUFOUS, ANNA’S, several VIOLET-CROWNED and a smart female MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD. There was plenty of action at the other feeders too, with scads of LESSER GOLDFINCH, HOUSE FINCH, GILA and ACORN WOODPECKERS, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, SUMMER TANAGER and more. […]

September 24th, 2011

Yarrow's Spiny Lizard

Yarrows-Spiny-Lizard-Ramsey-Canyon-11-0924-07We found a really interesting looking YARROW’S SPINY LIZARD. It was quite small and lacked a really full collar, so was maybe a younger individual. But what it lacked in stature it made up for in color. It was showing extremely well and didn’t run away, which was unusual. This was explained when it darted from the log it was skulking on and grabbed a large insect from the trail just inches from our feet. […]

September 24th, 2011
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San Pedro House, Ash & Ramsey Canyons

Sonoran-Gophersnake-Ash-Canyon-11-0927-03Along the river, migration was evident. There were quite a few LAZULI BUNTINGS with one or two BLUE GROSBEAKS and an INDIGO BUNTING. Other migrants included OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, HOUSE WREN and NASHVILLE WARBLER. Other birds included GRAY HAWK, SONG, LINCOLN’S and CHIPPING SPARROW, ABERT’S and GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGER. […]