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May 22nd, 2013
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Santa Gertrudis Lane, Pena Blanca Lake, Kino Springs, Patagonia

More excellent Santa Cruz County birding…

Santa Gertrudis Lane:
GRAY HAWK, COMMON-GROUND DOVE, two TROPICAL KINGBIRDS, DUSKY-CAPPED and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, c.20 CEDAR WAXWINGS, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, etc.
A brief glimpse of what may have been a female Hooded Warbler, but we couldn’t relocate it despite trying. Keith Kamper reported a probable calling Hooded Warbler here last week.

Pena Blanca Lake:
Adult LEAST GREBE in Thumb Rock Cove (map: http://goo.gl/maps/rME3n).
GRAY HAWK, pair of COMMON GALLINULES, three SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, COMMON-GROUND DOVE, DUSKY-CAPPED and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, BUSHTITS, etc.
Today’s comedy moment came courtesy of the animated male CANYON WREN that is on territory near the bathrooms at Upper Thumb Rock. At one point he squeezed under the ladies bathroom door (a gap of about an inch) which would have been a shock for someone if they’d been inside! Presumably he was feeding on the many flies in the stinkiest bathrooms in SE Arizona.

Kino Springs:
GRAY and SWAINSON’S HAWKS, four COMMON-GROUND DOVES, three TROPICAL KINGBIRDS, BLUE GROSBEAK, three BRONZED COWBIRDS.

Patagonia Roadside Rest:
Pair of THICK-BILLED KINGBIRDS in the usual snag just east of the picnic table. I couldn’t see the beginnings of the nest that was being built last week, but the birds are still present so may have moved to a new nest site.
BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK, PEREGRINE FALCON, etc.

Patagonia Lake Road:
Finally got our stunning male VARIED BUNTING in one of the regular spots near the park entrance.

I-19 in Rio Rico:
Four BLACK VULTURES.

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