- Southeast Arizona Birding Guide, Richard Fray - https://www.arizonabirder.com -

Kino Springs & Pena Blanca Lake

The birding was a little slow today, with full migration yet to kick in. But the scenery, weather and company were all very pleasant, and we did find 58 species, including some good highlights.

Patagonia Lake Rd:
A couple of BOTTERI’S SPARROWS were fairly easy to see on Azteca Court.

Botteri's Sparrow [1]

Kino Springs:
Five duck species was an impressive total for the time of year. We also found a couple of GRAY HAWKS, two or three calling SORAS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, nesting NORTHERN FLICKERS, and calling LAZULI BUNTING. A nice SONORA MUD TURTLE was basking on a rock.

Gray Hawk [2]

Northern Flicker [3]

Pipevine Swallowtail [4]

Sonora Mud Turtle [5]

Pena Blanca Lake:
Raptors were the highlight, with at least three GRAY HAWKS, one of which flew right by us with a very long, thin snake (as yet unidentified) it had just caught, landing in full view for a prolonged look as it killed its lunch before flying off to enjoy it.

Gray Hawk [6]

Gray Hawk [7]

Gray Hawk [8]

An OSPREY was also at the lake, as were NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, BELTED KINGFISHER, VIOLET-GREEN and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, and the expected resident breeding species.