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August 3rd, 2015
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Rio Rico, Madera Canyon, Las Cienegas, Patagonia

An excellent day of birding and photography, from Rio Rico to Patagonia, via Las Cienegas and Madera Canyon, with 85 species.

Rio Rico Ponds:

A good selection of birds in an early morning visit included BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, SWAINSON’S HAWK, TROPICAL KINGBIRD, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, and BULLOCK’S ORIOLE.

Tropical Kingbird

Amado Pond:

Nothing unusual, just the expected ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, TROPICAL KINGBIRD, and ‘MEXICAN’ CLIFF SWALLOW.

Madera Canyon:

The fantastic feeders at Santa Rita Lodge gave us MAGNIFICENT, BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA’S, and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, but no Plain-capped Starthroat in the time we were there.

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

One of the female/juvenile Broad-billed Hummingbirds was partially leucistic, showing white spots on its head.

Partially leucistic Broad-billed Hummingbird

A RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW popped up at Madera Picnic Area, and BLUE GROSBEAK and VARIED BUNTING were at easily found at Proctor Rd.

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Las Cienegas:

A quick stop at Cottonwood Pond produced three BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, and several CHIRICAHUA LEOPARD FROGS.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

We found SCALED QUAIL along Curly Horse Rd (with some eclectic companions) and an early male NORTHERN HARRIER.

Scaled Quail

Killdeer, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Scaled Quail

Several BURROWING OWLS continue at the BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE-DOG site.

Black-tailed Prairie-Dog

Las Cienegas

Also in the grasslands, ZONE-TAILED HAWK, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CHIHUAHUAN RAVEN, loads of BOTTERI’S and CASSIN’S, a couple of early CHIPPING, and several GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, ‘LILIAN’S’ EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and a herd of PRONGHORNS.

Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center, Patagonia:

The VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS starred, as usual, while other great birds at close range included INCA DOVE, BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CANYON and ABERT’S TOWHEES, and SUMMER TANAGER.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

Bewick's Wren

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Curve-billed Thrasher

Gambel's Quail

Gambel's Quail

Gambel's Quail

Gila Woodpecker

Inca Dove

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinch

Northern Cardinal

Summer Tanager

Patagonia Roadside Rest:

The THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD family are still around, noisily chattering from the treetops above the picnic table. Also there, BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK, CANYON WREN, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

Gray Hawk

Patagonia Roadside Rest

 

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