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August 20th, 2015
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California Gulch Five-striped Sparrow, Black-capped Gnatcatcher

A fun morning of target birding in the Atascosa Highlands.

Ruby Rd:

Along the way we picked up GRAY HAWK, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, GREATER ROADRUNNER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, ‘AZURE’ EASTERN BLUEBIRD, BOTTERI’S, CASSIN’S and LARK SPARROWS, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

Confluence of California Gulch and Warsaw Canyon:

We found adult and juvenile FIVE-STRIPED SPARROWS without any difficulty. The juveniles are rather plain, and would present a good ID challenge were they not being fed by the adults.

Five-striped Sparrow

Juvenile Five-striped Sparrow

Juvenile Five-striped Sparrow

A pair of BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS buzzed around, proving hard to get close views of, but calling and moving all the time. One of them was the adult male, which is still showing some black on the head.

Male Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Also in the area, ZONE-TAILED HAWK, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, a calling THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD, BELL’S VIREO, ‘DESERT’ PURPLE MARTIN, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, ORANGE-CROWNED and MacGILLIVRAY’S WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RUFOUS-WINGED and BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS, SUMMER TANAGER, BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS, and VARIED BUNTING.

California Gulch

Rio Rico Ponds:

A quick visit was productive, with BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, WHITE-FACED IBIS, SWAINSON’S HAWK, TROPICAL KINGBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, a surprise calling GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, several LAZULI BUNTINGS, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

The roosting BARN OWL continues at an undisclosed site.

 

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