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August 24th, 2015
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California Gulch, Ruby Rd, Oro Blanco Wash, Arivaca Lake

A pleasant and successful morning of sparrow-finding, from Arivaca to California Gulch, with 67 species.

Ruby Rd:

Along the road we saw GREATER ROADRUNNER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and heard BOTTERI’S, CASSIN’S, CHIPPING, and LARK SPARROWS.

Confluence of California Gulch and Warsaw Canyon:

The main target was FIVE-STRIPED SPARROW, and we managed to find a few for some close looks.

Five-striped Sparrow

Five-striped Sparrow

Five-striped Sparrow

The BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continue. I’m not sure how many are there, but I keep seeing different configurations and distinctive birds with partial tails. I reckon there are a minimum of five individuals in the area.

Also there, GRAY HAWK, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, PACIFIC-SLOPE, ASH-THROATED and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, BELL’S VIREO, ‘DESERT’ PURPLE MARTIN, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, NASHVILLE and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RUFOUS-CROWNED, RUFOUS-WINGED and BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS, a 100+ flock of LARK BUNTINGS, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, VARIED BUNTING, and HOODED and BULLOCK’S ORIOLES.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Varied Bunting

Elegant Earless Lizard

Empress Leilia

Empress Leilia

Oro Blanco Wash:

We stopped briefly for poor views of BOTTERI’S and good views of CASSIN’S SPARROW.

Arivaca Lake:

Along the entrance road we encountered this rather scary bee swarm in a mesquite tree. I jumped out of the car for a couple of quick photos, but I was on my toes, as this is exactly when they can be dangerous.

Bee swarm

Bee swarm

The lake had good general birding without anything spectacular, the highlights being BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, TROPICAL KINGBIRD, SUMMER TANAGER, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Summer Tanager

Tropical Kingbird

 

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