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March 10th, 2013
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Lawrence's Goldfinch

For about the fifth time this winter, a beautiful male LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH appeared outside my window this morning. Each time, as you might expect with Lawrence’s Goldfinch, it’s just been to visit the pond, and has never joined the Lesser Goldfinches that crowd around my thistle feeders in numbers. Lawrence’s is a more ‘wild’ species that doesn’t generally visit feeders, or indeed gardens very often, so I’m privileged to have this one. […]

March 9th, 2013
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More through the office window

OK, I’m never going to get really great photos through my window, but it sure is a lot of fun. This latest batch includes record shots of my visiting PINE SISKINS, which peaked today at five, and the first returning hummingbird of spring, this rather splendid male BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD. […]

March 9th, 2013
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Another new yard bird

It’s been an exciting week at Fun Birding Towers here in Rio Rico. I’ve had a few firsts for the year, including a fine male VERMILION FLYCATCHER and equally dazzling male BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD. Most excitingly, a new yard bird in the form of a distant COMMON BLACK-HAWK. I had another new yard bird today, but this one was a bit more down to earth… […]

March 7th, 2013
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New yard bird: the BIG one!

When I moved into my new home, Fun Birding Towers, in Rio Rico, the possibility of one species in particular intrigued me more than any other. Every year there is an annual migration of raptors along the Santa Cruz River, with the big prize being Common Black-Hawk, a species that is indeed quite common in some parts of Central and South America, but is a big rarity here in the USA, with only a couple of hundred breeding pairs, mostly in central Arizona. They head north along the Santa Cruz River valley every spring, peaking in mid-March. My new house gives panoramic views over the Santa Cruz… […]