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October 27th, 2011
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Continental, Montosa Canyon

I spent the morning birding with Susan, Dave, Jean and Sterling from Rochester, NY. It was a very pleasant morning and there were plenty of life birds to be had, but we had to really work for our birds and missed quite a few.

RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW was found at Continental along with PYRRHULOXIA, PHAINOPEPLA and other typical desert birds.


Curve-billed Thrasher


Heavily molting Lark Sparrow

The highlight was at Montosa Canyon, where I had a brief view of one of two calling BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS, but frustratingly I couldn’t get anyone else on it before it disappeared. When we finally found a visible (and calling) gnatcatcher it was a BLUE-GRAY. We also found HUTTON’S VIREO and ROCK WREN.

On my way home I stopped at Amado Pond at dusk. Highlights here were single WILSON’S SNIPE and WILSON’S PHALAROPE, ten BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS (two adults and eight teenagers) and – yep, they’re definitely staying late this year – eleven LESSER NIGHTHAWKS, with another one over I-19 a few miles to the south.


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