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May 14th, 2011
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Sweetwater Wetlands

I spent the afternoon at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, counting birds for the North American Migration Count.

The highlights were mostly flycatchers: at least two continuing OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS as well as two WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES and at least four TROPICAL KINGBIRDS (with three WESTERNS). One pair of Tropical Kingbirds were in the usual spot near the ramada, with singles in both the far southwest and northwest corners. There were still double figures of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, three calling SORAS, WESTERN TANAGER, BULLOCK’S ORIOLE, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, LAZULI BUNTINGS etc. A drake CINNAMON TEAL continues, as does the injured female GADWALL which, annoyingly, I missed on my photothon last week.

A smart Bobcat was lurking near the middle of the complex. Bird of the day…




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