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

Peña Blanca Canyon, Palo Duro Creek GC, Paton Center, Las Cienegas

A very pleasant day in mostly Santa Cruz County, despite strong winds and overcast skies.

Peña Blanca Canyon:

It was nice to see so much water running through the canyon, but it made it hard to hike and it was unusually cold and quiet. Looked good, though.

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Palo Duro Creek GC:

A female HOODED MERGANSER was among the more regular winter ducks, while a WILSON’S SNIPE flushed from the water’s edge.

Paton Center, Patagonia:

Despite the backyard being closed for construction, the available feeders were busy and we enjoyed close views of WHITE-WINGED and INCA DOVES, several male ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRDS fighting over the feeders, ABERT’S TOWHEES, and a couple of PINE SISKINS.

Abert's Towhee [2]

Abert's Towhee [3]

Gambel's Quail [4]

Inca Dove [5]

Inca Dove [6]

Ladder-backed Woodpecker [7]

Ladder-backed Woodpecker [8]

White-breasted Nuthatch [9]

White-breasted Nuthatch [10]

White-breasted Nuthatch [11]

White-winged Dove [12]

Las Cienegas:

Not surprisingly, the grasslands were hard work in the afternoon in strong winds, but we did see plenty of NORTHERN HARRIERS whizzing by, as well as COYOTE and BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE-DOG.

Cottonwood Pond, Las Cienegas [13]

American Kestrel [14]

Black-tailed Prairie-Dog [15]

Coyote [16]

Vesper Sparrow [17]