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Richard's Photothon 2011

I finished my personal birdathon season with my annual Photothon to benefit Tucson Audubon Society. Please help me to support Tucson Audubon and our excellent work in the community in SE Arizona. You can sponsor me here, any time until May 15: https://tucsonaudubon.dojiggy.com/photothon2011

For the third year running, I was attempting to set myself a new record. Last year I photographed 114 different species in one day, beating 2009’s effort of 105.

It was a difficult day with strong winds all morning, making photography of wind-blown warblers and the like somewhat tricky. Of course, the emphasis is purely on quantity. There are no extra points for quality (although there was talk of a best photo award this year so I took time with a few of them). But the attitude is to get any kind of recognizable shot and move on.

Despite the weather I continued my year-on-year improvement and got photos of 116 species. I saw/heard another 14 for a total of 130 for the day. Here are some highlights…

Sweetwater Wetlands:
OLIVE-SIDED & HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER, GREAT & CATTLE EGRET, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, HARRIS’S HAWK, PRAIRIE FALCON, BLACK-NECKED STILT, SWAINSON’S THRUSH. It was useful to meet some friendly faces, including Michael Lester, Gale Owings, Will Russell and David Sibley.

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Olive-sided Flycatcher

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Prairie Falcon

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Cattle Egret

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Pied-billed Grebe

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

Reid Park, Tucson:
Around the various ponds, SNOW & ROSS’S GEESE, RING-NECKED DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON and LESSER SCAUP behind the Hardesty building.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron

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Ring-necked Duck

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Northern Mockingbird

Lakeside Park:
WESTERN GREBE, AMERICAN WIGEON.

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Vermilion Flycatcher

Continental:
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW.

Florida Wash:
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON’S THRUSH.

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Townsend’s Warbler

Madera Kubo Cabins, Madera Canyon:

HUTTON’S VIREO, DUSKY & DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, TOWNSEND’S & HERMIT WARBLERS and a SAPSUCKER sp. The latter was thought by those who found it to be a Yellow-bellied but even though my distant fuzzy photos suggest it might be, it was too brief and distant to get a positive ID. My thanks to Jim and Stuart for getting me onto it.

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Black-headed Grosbeak

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White-breasted Nuthatch

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Western Tanager

Rio Rico:
TROPICAL KINGBIRD, GREEN HERON, SWAINSON’S HAWK, SWAINSON’S THRUSH.

Kino Springs:
GRAY HAWK, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, LINCOLN’S SPARROW.

Blue Haven Road:
SWAINSON’S THRUSH.

Paton’s:
GRAY HAWK, ZONE-TAILED HAWK, VIOLET-CROWNED, RUFOUS, BROAD-TAILED, BROAD-BILLED and ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRDS. Thanks Michael!

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Violet-crowned Hummingbird

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Lark Sparrow

Willcox Twin Lakes:
SNOWY PLOVER was the only unusual shorebird. There were hundreds of WILSON’S PHALAROPES, plus EARED GREBE, HORNED LARK, SCALED QUAIL. No gulls or terns, and very few ducks. There were a few BANK SWALLOWS perched on a barbed wire fence near the golf course pond and a final surprise was a VIRGINIA RAIL working the edge of the golf course pond at dusk.

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Snowy Plover

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American Avocet

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American Avocet

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American Avocet

I saw Swainson’s Thrushes at five sites but never managed a photo. A bird I missed last time, Cooper’s Hawk, was photo number five today. Instead, I didn’t see an American Kestrel all day!

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Cooper’s Hawk – easy, this time

Again, if you’d like to sponsor me, please go to: https://tucsonaudubon.dojiggy.com/photothon2011. Thank you for supporting Tucson Audubon Society!

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Here is the full set of photos, 1 – 116. They are in the order that the species were photographed, but in several cases I have substituted a better photo that was taken later in the day.

1. Rock Pigeon, midtown Tucson (this photo taken at Reid Park)

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2. White-winged Dove, midtown Tucson

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3. Western Kingbird, midtown Tucson (this photo taken at Rio Rico)

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4. Great-tailed Grackle, midtown Tucson

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5. Cooper’s Hawk, midtown Tucson

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6. Mourning Dove, midtown Tucson

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7. Red-winged Blackbird, Sweetwater Wetlands

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8. Killdeer, Sweetwater Wetlands

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9. American Coot, Sweetwater Wetlands

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10. Ruddy Duck, Sweetwater Wetlands

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11. Pied-billed Grebe, Sweetwater Wetlands

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12. Mallard, Sweetwater Wetlands

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13. Gambel’s Quail, Sweetwater Wetlands (this photo taken at Paton’s, Patagonia)

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14. White-faced Ibis, Sweetwater Wetlands

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15. Cattle Egret, Sweetwater Wetlands

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16. Common Moorhen, Sweetwater Wetlands

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17. Black-necked Stilt, Sweetwater Wetlands

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18. Solitary Sandpiper, Sweetwater Wetlands

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19. Prairie Falcon, Sweetwater Wetlands

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20. Chipping Sparrow, Sweetwater Wetlands

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21. Abert’s Towhee, Sweetwater Wetlands

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22. White-crowned Sparrow, Sweetwater Wetlands

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23. Savannah Sparrow, Sweetwater Wetlands

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24. Cormorant sp (prob Double-crested), Sweetwater Wetlands

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25. Great Egret, Sweetwater Wetlands

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26. Cinnamon Teal, Sweetwater Wetlands

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27. Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sweetwater Wetlands

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28. Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Sweetwater Wetlands

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29. Yellow Warbler, Sweetwater Wetlands

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30. Black-headed Grosbeak, Sweetwater Wetlands (this photo taken at Madera Canyon)

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31. Dusky Flycatcher, Sweetwater Wetlands

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32. Turkey Vulture, Sweetwater Wetlands (this photo taken at Lakeside Park)

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33. Lesser Goldfinch, Sweetwater Wetlands

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34. Song Sparrow, Sweetwater Wetlands

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35. Yellow-rumped Warbler, Sweetwater Wetlands

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36. European Starling, Sweetwater Wetlands

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37. Common Yellowthroat, Sweetwater Wetlands

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38. Anna’s Hummingbird, Sweetwater Wetlands

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39. House Finch, Sweetwater Wetlands

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40. Eurasian Collared Dove, Sweetwater Wetlands

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41. Violet-green Swallow, Sweetwater Wetlands

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42. Cliff Swallow, Sweetwater Wetlands

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43. Ash-throated Flycatcher, Sweetwater Wetlands (this photo taken at Florida Wash)

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44. Cactus Wren, Sweetwater Wetlands

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45. Verdin, Sweetwater Wetlands

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46. Harris’s Hawk, Sweetwater Wetlands

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47. House Sparrow, Sweetwater Wetlands

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48. Snow Goose, Reid Park

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49. Ross’s Goose, Reid Park

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50. Black-crowned Night-Heron, Reid Park

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51. American Wigeon, Reid Park (this photo taken at Lakeside Park)

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52. Ring-necked Duck, Reid Park

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53. Gila Woodpecker, Reid Park (this photo taken at Paton’s, Patagonia)

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54. Barn Swallow, Reid Park

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55. Lesser Scaup, Reid Park

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56. Northern Mockingbird, Reid Park

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57. Spotted Sandpiper, Lakeside Park

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58. Western Grebe, Lakeside Park

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59. Vermilion Flycatcher, Lakeside Park

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60. Chihuahuan Raven, Continental

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61. Western Tanager, Continental (this photo taken at Madera Canyon)

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62. Townsend’s Warbler, Continental (this photo taken at Florida Wash)

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63. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Continental

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64. Phainopepla, Continental (this photo taken at Patagonia Roadside Rest)

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65. Rufous-winged Sparrow, Continental

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66. Black-throated Sparrow, Continental

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67. Wilson’s Warbler, Continental

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68. Mexican Jay, Madera Canyon

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69. Broad-billed Hummingbird, Madera Canyon (this photo taken at Paton’s, Patagonia)

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70. Brown-headed Cowbird, Madera Canyon

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71. Western Wood-Pewee, Madera Canyon

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72. Hutton’s Vireo, Madera Canyon

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73. Pine Siskin, Madera Canyon

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74. Black-chinned Hummingbird, Madera Canyon (this photo taken at Paton’s, Patagonia)

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75. Hepatic Tanager, Madera Canyon

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76. Arizona Woodpecker, Madera Canyon

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77. Lazuli Bunting, Madera Canyon

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78. Bridled Titmouse, Madera Canyon

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79. White-breasted Nuthatch, Madera Canyon

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80. Hermit Warbler, Madera Canyon

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81. Acorn Woodpecker, Madera Canyon

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82. Sapsucker sp., Madera Canyon

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83. Black-throated Gray Warbler, Madera Canyon

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84. Swainson’s Hawk, Rio Rico

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85. Tropical Kingbird, Rio Rico

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86. Cassin’s Kingbird, Rio Rico (this photo taken at Kino Springs)

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87. Green Heron, Rio Rico

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88. Lark Sparrow, Kino Springs (this photo taken at Paton’s, Patagonia)

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89. Curve-billed Thrasher, Kino Springs

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90. Canyon Towhee, Kino Springs

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91. Say’s Phoebe, Kino Springs

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92. Northern Cardinal, Kino Springs

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93. Gray Hawk, Kino Springs

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94. Lincoln’s Sparrow, Kino Springs

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95. Great Blue Heron, Kino Springs

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96. Black Phoebe, Blue Haven Road, Patagonia

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97. Scott’s Oriole, Paton’s, Patagonia

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98. Green-tailed Towhee, Paton’s, Patagonia

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99. Rufous Hummingbird, Paton’s, Patagonia

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100. Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Paton’s, Patagonia

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101. Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Paton’s, Patagonia

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102. Zone-tailed Hawk, Paton’s, Patagonia

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103. Bewick’s Wren, Paton’s, Patagonia

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104. Scaled Quail, Willcox Twin Lakes

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105. Wilson’s Phalarope, Willcox Twin Lakes

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106. American Avocet, Willcox Twin Lakes

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107. Eared Grebe, Willcox Twin Lakes

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108. Northern Shoveler, Willcox Twin Lakes

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109. Least Sandpiper, Willcox Twin Lakes

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110. Horned Lark, Willcox Twin Lakes

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111. Western Sandpiper, Willcox Twin Lakes

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112. Snowy Plover, Willcox Twin Lakes

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113. Long-billed Dowitcher, Willcox Twin Lakes

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114. Lesser Nighthawk, Willcox Twin Lakes

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115. Bank Swallow, Willcox Twin Lakes

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116. Virginia Rail, Willcox Twin Lakes

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