Birding Blog Archives

October 29th, 2011
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Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned-Sparrow-Pena-Blanca-Lake-11-1029-03Whilst birding at Pena Blanca Lake with Jean and Sterling Weaver and Sue and Dave Schwardt of New York, I was pleased to pick out a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW among White-crowned Sparrows and other birds coming in to drink and bathe. I managed to get some distant record shots of this rare visitor from the West Coast. […]

October 29th, 2011
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Pena Blanca Lake, Paton's

Yellow-rumped-Warbler-Pena-Blanca-Lake-11-1029-01At Pena Blanca Lake, at least ten LEAST GREBES, drake WOOD DUCK, pair of REDHEADS, LESSER SCAUP, GREEN HERON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, juvenile BLUE GROSBEAK, couple of LAZULI BUNTINGS, three each of INCA and COMMON GROUND-DOVE, lots of RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS and hundreds of sparrows. Quality birding! […]

October 28th, 2011
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Sweetwater Wetlands, Santa Cruz Flats

Crested-Caracara-Santa-Cruz-Flats-11-1028-09A couple of INCA DOVES were showing well here and a ROCK WREN was calling. Around the corral on Baumgartner just west of Wheeler, five CRESTED CARACARA gave excellent views from the road. The irrigation channel opposite had two GREAT and a SNOWY EGRET, which was a surprise. […]

October 27th, 2011
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Continental, Montosa Canyon

Curve-billed-Thrasher-Continental-11-1027-01The highlight was at Montosa Canyon, where I had a brief view of one of two calling BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS, but frustratingly I couldn’t get anyone else on it before it disappeared. When we finally found a visible (and calling) gnatcatcher it was a BLUE-GRAY. […]