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March 27th, 2015
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Patagonia Area

A very pleasant morning birding in the Patagonia area, with 59 species and a celebrity encounter.

Patagonia Lake Rd:
BOTTERI’S SPARROWS were calling and singing at the end of Azteca Court.

Patagonia Lake State Park:
Birding along the birding trail and creek at the eastern end of the lake was somewhat slow, surprisingly, though we did manage to find a pair of ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARDS, CINNAMON TEAL, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, a dozen BLACK VULTURES, pair of GRAY HAWKS, GREATER ROADRUNNER, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, GRAY FLYCATCHER, nesting VERMILION FLYCATCHERS, PLUMBEOUS VIREO, a latish MARSH WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, and RUFOUS-CROWNED and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS.

Mexican Mallard (Mexican Duck)

Song Sparrow

Vermilion Flycatcher

I was also delighted and honored to meet the acclaimed novelist, and now one of the most famous birders in North America, Jonathan Franzen. He’s been described as the greatest living American novelist, and he’s a decent birder, too. We discussed Neotropic Cormorants for a while, and his forthcoming piece in the New Yorker.

Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia:
The usual suspects included INCA DOVE, VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD, CASSIN’S KINGBIRD, and several lovely male LAZULI BUNTINGS.

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

 

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