A very pleasant day birding in Santa Cruz and Cochise counties, with 90 species.
An impressive flock of c.120 CHIHUAHUAN RAVENS (possibly a few COMMONS mixed in) lifted off from S. River Rd at dawn.
A WINTER WREN, about 100 yards up creek from the ‘temporary’ bridge at the eastern end of the lake, on the northern side of the creek. Photos © Leslie DeGrassi
A CASSIN’S VIREO was along the birding trail at the eastern end of the lake, where the trail turns left around the end of the lake. PLUMBEOUS and HUTTON’S VIREOS were nearby.
One each of HAMMOND’S and DUSKY FLYCATCHERS along the creek, side-by-side, and both calling. The Hammond’s eventually chased the Dusky away. A couple of GRAY FLYCATCHERS were nearby. I wish they were always that cooperative!
The BROWN PELICAN flew a circuit of the eastern end, then headed back towards the deep water by the dam.
Also, several WESTERN and EARED GREBES, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, LEAST and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, BROWN CREEPER, and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER.
Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center, Patagonia:
Fairly quiet, but several BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS lingering, and a couple of INCA DOVES. It’s exciting to see the changes that are taking shape…
A stunning juvenile light-morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK over Curly Horse Rd, two miles after the road turns to dirt (when heading in from SR83 north of Sonoita). This is the first one I’ve ever seen at this site, and there are only a few previous records listed on eBird.
A couple of flocks of flying CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS, one of c.40 along Curly Horse Rd, half a mile after it turns to dirt, and c.20 by the corral about a mile north of the southern entrance (SR82, 4 miles east of Sonoita).
Also, PRAIRIE FALCON and LARK BUNTINGS.
A lovely blue-backed male ‘Prairie’ MERLIN perched on roadside wires by SR90, near the entrance to the Sierra Vista EOP.
San Pedro House:
A brief search for kingfishers late afternoon came up empty, but we did find a pair of COMMON GROUND-DOVES and a wintering LAZULI BUNTING.