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March 20th, 2015
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Patagonia Lake Free Bird Walk

I led the free bird walk at Patagonia Lake State Park this morning, which yielded 53 species along the birding trail at the eastern end of the lake.

The highlight was close views of the continuing male ELEGANT TROGON, which today was about 300 yards along the creek, but can range just about anywhere.

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

The new feeding station a few yards beyond the trail head parking is proving to be a big hit, especially the hummingbird feeder, which had an impressive five species: BROAD-BILLED, BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA’S, a male COSTA’S and a VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD. A yellow/orange variant HOUSE FINCH was at the seed table.
Also at the lake, a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL, plenty of NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRET, ZONE-TAILED and GRAY HAWKS, several NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULETS including three chasing each other around the trail head, GRAY FLYCATCHER, BELL’S and PLUMBEOUS VIREOS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, loads of LUCY’S and YELLOW WARBLERS, and RUFOUS-WINGED and RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS.

Orange variant House Finch

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Northern Beardless-Tyrranulet

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

Patagonia Lake

 

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