Great day of birding on Friday April 26th with my friends Pam and Allen Pocock from my hometown of Leicester in England…
About 30 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, a WHITE-FACED IBIS and a couple of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS in the flooded fields along Rio Rico Drive
GREAT EGRET, GREEN HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER at Rio Rico Pond
Spectacular birding – thanks Larry!
ZONE-TAILED and GRAY HAWKS
At least two VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS coming in to the ‘fence feeder’
Female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD feeding on penstemons
MYRTLE (YELLOW-RUMPED) WARBLER
Two singing WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS
Stunning male INDIGO BUNTING
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, CEDAR WAXWINGS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, LAZULI BUNTING, HOODED, BULLOCK’S and SCOTT’S ORIOLES
Beatty’s Guest Ranch:
Hummingbirds galore – thanks Tom!
My FOS OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER
SPOTTED OWL in the previously described pine tree
VIRGINIA’S WARBLER in a small flock just below the owl spot
We didn’t go higher to look for rarities
Ash Canyon B&B:
Amazing as always – thanks Mary Jo!
Male LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD briefly at dusk, nailed by a BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD so unfortunately didn’t hang around for more than half a second
Male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK got nailed in an all together more fatal way by an immature COOPER’S HAWK. Ouch!
WILD TURKEY, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, SUMMER TANAGER, LAZULI BUNTING, BULLOCK’S and SCOTT’S ORIOLES and much more
106 species in all.