Birding Blog Archives

June 7th, 2015
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Yard Birds

My yard in Rio Rico NE is hopping with birds today, with at least two male VARIED BUNTINGS, several BLUE GROSBEAKS, a couple of HOODED ORIOLES, and the usual RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS, CANYON TOWHEES, BLACK-CHINNED and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, etc., all jostling for space with about a billion baby HOUSE FINCHES. Unfortunately the cows have been back, so I’ve got some work to do to rebuild the ‘fake’ dead tree where I hang my feeders. Cow destruction […]

November 29th, 2014

New Yard Bird, #95

I just had my first new yard bird since the spring, a fine LARK BUNTING which popped up on the wall for a couple of minutes and dropped down to feed by the flower border. It’s always nice to get a new yard bird, but especially satisfying to have one actually inside the walled portion of the yard, and not just a distant flyover. Lark Bunting […]

July 2nd, 2014
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Plain-capped Starthroat

Imagine our delight when the PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT was already feeding on the double feeder nearest the viewing area when we arrived at 05:35. Plain-capped Starthroat […]

May 12th, 2014
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Yard Bird #94

With almost no fanfare, my yard list here at Fun Birding Towers in Rio Rico has crept up by one. I got home at dusk on May 1st after a long day of wading through flycatcher identification, and heard the familiar tick of a Dusky Flycatcher in the driveway. I got a quick look at it, and noted that another was calling from the bushes nearby, but I was so tired it barely registered, and I’ve only just remembered! […]