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April 28th, 2013
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Bird of Fray Birdathon 2013

Yesterday, Sunday April 28, my team, Birds of Fray, took part in Tucson Audubon Society’s annual Birdathon and racked up 130 species, having a great time without finding anything particularly spectacular. My grateful thanks to Pam, Allen, Linda, Malcolm, John and Sharon for their hard work and cheery nature. It’s not a bad total considering we didn’t start until 6:30 a.m.

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https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/tas/campaign.jsp?campaign=1&team=10&fundraiser=3115

Your donation is fully tax deductible. All proceeds go directly to Tucson Audubon’s excellent conservation program, helping safeguard the fabulous birds and critical wildlife habitats of beautiful southeast Arizona.

*** If you enjoy birding here or have used any of my (free!) birding information over the years, maybe you’d like to make a small contribution to encourage me to keep going. Every little helps. Thank you!

On to the birding highlights….

Sweetwater Wetlands:
INCA DOVE, WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, a really stunning male MYRTLE (YELLOW-RUMPED) WARBLER
Latish ducks included GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, BLUE-WINGED and CINNAMON TEAL
Shorebirds were almost non-existent, unfortunately

Kennedy Park, Tucson:
CANADA GOOSE

Continental:
A surprise CRISSAL THRASHER

Florida Canyon:
NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET

Madera Canyon:
Nothing of particular note

Amado Pond:
RING-NECKED DUCK

Tubac:
GRAY HAWK, BRONZED COWBIRD

Rio Rico:
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK, WHITE-FACED IBIS, BLACK VULTURE, GREATER ROADRUNNER

Paton’s in Patagonia:
GRAY HAWK, VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW

Las Cienegas:
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW

Patagonia Mountains:
WHISKERED SCREECH-OWL, ELF OWL

Rio Rico again:
LESSER NIGHTHAWK

Again, to make a donation, please go to: https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/tas/campaign.jsp?campaign=1&team=10&fundraiser=3115. It is truly appreciated!

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