Birding Blog Archives

May 21st, 2011
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May Workshop, Patagonia Lake

Tropical-Kingbird-Rio-Rico-11-0521-02At Rio Rico, 40 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS were scattered around the fields. There were five heron species: GREAT BLUE & GREEN HERONS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and GREAT and CATTLE EGRETS. There were plenty of TROPICAL KINGBIRDS, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, BRONZED COWBIRD and a couple of GRAY HAWKS. […]

April 10th, 2011
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April Workshop: Sweetwater

Violet-green-Swallow-Santa-Cruz-River-11-0410-08The swallows were phenomenal, with hundreds of TREE and smaller numbers of CLIFF, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS all swarming just over the water’s surface, peeling off and flying within inches of us. It was an fantastic experience and we stood for two hours, enjoying the show and getting photos. […]

March 20th, 2011
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March Fun Birding Workshop, Tubac

Golden-Eagle-I-19-11-0320-10Further north we had a surprise and bird of the day, a fine adult GOLDEN EAGLE soaring over I-19 near Agua Linda. It was about 15 miles from the eagle I saw yesterday – could it be the same bird? […]

February 6th, 2011
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February Workshop: Crane Special

Eurasian-Wigeon-Benson-WTP-11-0206-05Many thanks to Andrew Core for emailing the news of the drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Benson WTP this morning. I can’t really add to what he said, other than to confirm that it didn’t exhibit any obvious signs of hybridization at long range and looked good for a ‘real’ one. […]