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August 8th, 2015
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Thick-billed Kingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Scaled Quail

Another beautiful morning, and more good birding in mostly Santa Cruz County.

The day began with a very interesting sight. I wasn’t even aware it had rained overnight, and it was dry as we drove along S. River Rd in Nogales, but we watched in awe as a wave of water suddenly appeared from around a corner and progressed along the dry river bed. Within a couple of minutes the river was in full flow. Quite a sobering sight to see a flash flood develop like this, especially when no rain is evident in the immediate area. It must have rained hard in the San Rafael Valley in the previous hour or two.

Santa Cruz River at Nogales

Santa Cruz River at Nogales

Patagonia Roadside Rest:

The THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD family continues, along with BELL’S VIREO, YELLOW WARBLER, and SUMMER TANAGER.

Thick-billed Kingbird

Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia:

Great birding from comfortable seats, as always, with the highlights being INCA DOVE, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and SUMMER TANAGER. Thanks Larry!

Pipevine Swallowtail

Las Cienegas:

A good tour through the grasslands produced SCALED QUAIL, a pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES with a juvenile, CHIHUAHUAN RAVEN, BOTTERI’S, CASSIN’S, GRASSHOPPER, CHIPPING, and LARK SPARROWS, LARK BUNTING, BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS, LAZULI BUNTING, ‘LILIAN’S’ EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Barn Swallow

Blue Grosbeak

Chihuahuan Raven

Grasshopper Sparrow

Scaled Quail

Scaled Quail and 'Lilian's' Eastern Meadowlark

White-tailed Kite

Las Cienegas

Cottonwood Pond, Las Cienegas

Las Cienegas

 

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