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March 14th, 2015
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Arivaca Cienega Free Bird Walk

Peter Collins, who is one of the regular leaders of the weekly free bird walk at Arivaca Cienega, is apparently busy doing something else this month (for anyone who doesn’t know Pete, he’s running the hawk watch in Tubac), so I stepped in with Bob Rolfson to lead today’s walk. A stiff breeze made birding difficult, but we still managed to rustle up 38 species.

The highlight was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW near the pond, followed by another *four* CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS in one flock back near the mesquite bosque adjacent to the parking area. Five in one day almost doubled the amount of Clay-colored Sparrows I’ve ever seen!

Clay-colored Sparrow

Other highlights included TURKEY and BLACK VULTURES lifting off from the roost in Arivaca, my FOS BARN SWALLOW, BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD, GRAY FLYCATCHER, three vocal CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS, singing LUCY’S and YELLOW WARBLERS, several GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES including one that showed down to a few feet, and a good range of sparrows.

Cassin's Kingbird

Cassin's Kingbird

Green-tailed Towhee

Common Buckeye

Pipevine Swallowtail

Arivaca Cienega

The weekly free bird walks, on behalf of Tucson Audubon Society and the US Fish & Wildlife Service, start at 8:00 every Saturday, from November through April. Click here for more info.


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