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January 25th, 2015
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Patagonia Lake and Mountains

A morning of target birding in the Patagonia area was a little quiet, but did produce some good results. An afternoon visit to Kino Springs turned up a rarity.

Patagonia Lake Rd:
A BOTTERI’S SPARROW was found, but didn’t show well.

Patagonia Lake:
The birding trail at the eastern end of the lake was quiet, and we failed to turn up trogons or gnatcatchers. The highlight was an excellent winter vireo trifecta of HUTTON’S, PLUMBEOUS and CASSIN’S VIREOS. A couple of GRAY FLYCATCHERS and a couple of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were also duly ticked off the list.

Cassin's Vireo

Patagonia Mountains:
The area around Brush Hill Ranch was also a little quiet, but did give us good views of ROCK and CANYON WRENS, and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW. A few CHIHUAHAN RAVENS were seen well just outside Patagonia.

Kino Springs:
After I left my clients to the rest of their day, I dropped in at Kino Springs for a quick look around. My highlight was a crisp CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in mesquites along the northern edge of the main pond (Stacey Lake). It’s a shame we didn’t come here earlier, as this was one of my clients’ target birds! Also there, SORA, WILSON’S SNIPE, GRAY FLYCATCHER, and an impressive eight duck species (which didn’t include the previously-reported Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks).

Nogales:
Multiple BLACK and TURKEY VULTURES continue around Nogales, as usual.

Rio Rico:
A couple of BLACK VULTURES were with a flock of about 80 CHIHUAHUAN RAVENS over I-19 at Rio Rico, near the Palo Parado Rd exit.

 

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