Birding Blog Archives

November 29th, 2011
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Fun Birding Tours Newsletter, Dec 2011

fun-birding-tours-newsletterHere’s the Fun Birding Tours newsletter for December 2011. I hope you find something of interest in there. If you’d like to subscribe to my monthly newsletter, just type your email into the box towards the top right of the page, somewhere over there and up a bit 😀 […]

November 26th, 2011
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Sulphur Springs Valley

Pacific-Loon-Faria-Dairy-Pond-11-1126-05We planned to stop at the pond by Faria Dairy for a few minutes but it turned into a much longer visit. This pond is attractive to wildfowl including diving ducks and grebes and often has interesting birds. That was certainly the case today. Straight away I noticed a loon and a quick look through the scope confirmed it as a PACIFIC LOON, a rare bird in SE Arizona. […]

November 25th, 2011
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McCown's Longspur

longspur-Santa-Cruz-Flats-11-1125-01Whilst birding with Bill and Laura Couchman in the Santa Cruz Flats south of Eloy, I noticed a longspur in the short grass. It was too distant to get much on it through binoculars. I rattled off a few record shots, glanced down to grab my scope, looked back and it was gone. The overwhelming verdict is that it’s a McCOWN’S LONGSPUR, and not a Lapland as I suggested. A new bird for me and apparently only the third record for Pinal County. My thanks to everyone who helped me reach the correct ID. […]

November 25th, 2011
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Sweetwater, Santa Cruz Flats, Pinal Air Park

Bendires-Thrasher-Santa-Cruz-Flats-11-1125-02Highlights were a dark phase FERRUGINOUS HAWK, a splendid pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES, a couple of BENDIRE’S THRASHER, a PRAIRIE FALCON and a couple of CRESTED CARACARAS. A sprinkling of MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS were found in most suitable fields. […]