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September 14th, 2014
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Huachucas, Las Cienegas

Lots of highlights from the Sierra Vista area and Patagonia, including 14 sparrow species. 88 species in all.

S River Rd, Nogales:
GRAY HAWK on a regular perch at dawn.

Whetstone:
SWAINSON’S HAWK on one of the usual poles.

Swainson's Hawk

San Pedro House:
Although it wasn’t too muddy, the conditions for birding along the river were difficult, with head-high vegetation in places and lots of biting insects anywhere near the river.
INCA DOVE, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, CASSIN’S VIREO, a lingering LUCY’S WARBLER, multiple GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, and LAZULI BUNTING.

Green-tailed Towhee

Carr Canyon:
Still at least three BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS, all within 100 yards of the bathrooms (good strategy).
There was a GRAY HAWK in the lower canyon, while at higher elevation, an adult and noisy begging juvenile ZONE-TAILED HAWKS gave great views from an overlook in the Reef Townsite Campground. Also there, a dozen BAND-TAILED PIGEONS, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a couple of WESTERN SCRUB-JAYS, several PAINTED REDSTARTS, and loads of YELLOW-EYED JUNCOS.

Band-tailed-Pigeon

Band-tailed-Pigeon

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Painted Redstart

Zone-tailed Hawk

Carr Canyon

Carr Canyon

Carr Canyon

Carr Canyon

Ash Canyon B&B:
Multiple LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continue to dazzle at Mary Jo’s wonderful feeders. Both HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES added even more color. Go visit Mary Jo!

Lucifer Hummingbird

Las Cienegas:
A drive from the southern entrance to Curly Horse Rd, and back to Sonoita, was sparrowtastic! BREWER’S and VESPER SPARROWS have arrived en masse, with hundreds of each. Lots of BOTTERI’S, LARK and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, and a flock of about 20 LARK BUNTINGS at the northern end of Curly Horse Rd. Also, three BLACK VULTURES, two WHITE-TAILED KITES and two NORTHERN HARRIERS.

Lark Bunting

Lark Bunting

Las Cienegas

Paton Center, Patagonia:
We arrived at dusk and still got views of several VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS among others.

 

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