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September 15th, 2011
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White Mountains

Elk-Carnero-Lake-11-0914-03Near Carnero Lake I stumbled upon a second group of ELK, these running through an alpine meadow. There were 13 in all with, again, a big, impressive buck at the back, barking commands to his harem. I started the day having never seen an Elk – now I had seen 21! […]

August 14th, 2011
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California Gulch, Madera Canyon

Ruby-Rd-11-0814-05We completed a clean sweep of Arizona’s Aimophila sparrows with a few RUFOUS-CROWNED along Ruby Road. It was the first time I’d been since the Murphy Complex Fire earlier in the year. I was so pleased to see how everything looked, much better than I imagined. It’s undoubtedly my favorite place in Arizona, for both the birding and the scenery. It’s absolutely gorgeous! […]

July 29th, 2011
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Mt Lemmon

Cliff-Chipmunk-Mt-Lemmon-11-0729-01We added lots more higher elevation birds such as HAIRY WOODPECKER, BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD, CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER, PLUMBEOUS VIREO, STELLER’S JAY, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, BUSHTIT, three species of NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, WESTERN BLUEBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH and YELLOW-EYED JUNCO. […]

July 27th, 2011
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Continental, Madera Canyon

Black-Bear-Madera-Canyon-11-0727-07Madera Kubo had a nice selection of birds, including BERYLLINE and VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS, SUMMER and HEPATIC TANAGERS, BRONZED COWBIRD, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS and PLUMBEOUS VIREO. A bit like buses, after waiting for nine years to see one, I saw my second BLACK BEAR of the month. It ambled across the road right in front of us. […]