Monday 28 March 2016

Southern Arizona - Trip List

As I've mentioned, this type of trip is my absolute favourite. Much planning in advance, so much researching of new locations that I almost feel that I've been there before I arrive for the first time, heaps of new birds. In my four days in Arizona I saw 130 species, which I felt was about par. Over 50 of them were completely new. Three ABA rarities bagged, wintering birds from Mexico, but a few misses of more regular birds mean I'll be going back! Shame....

130 species
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant - Pena Blanca Lake
Great Egret - only a few seen along the Gila River
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron - Gilbert Water Ranch
Snow Goose - 12 at Whitewater Draw
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Cinnamon Teal - small numbers at Gilbert, Sweetwater, Whitewater Draw
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup - Gilbert Water Ranch
Ring-necked Duck - Gilbert Water Ranch
Ruddy Duck
Canvasback - a single bird in a small pool on Santa Cruz Flats
Common Merganser - irrigation channel alongside Old US 80
Black Vulture - Sierra Vista near Mexican Border
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk - Whitewater Draw
Sharp-shinned Hawk - Whitewater Draw
Common Black Hawk - Santa Cruz Flats
Ferruginous Hawk - 2 Santa Cruz Flats
Red-tailed Hawk - dozens, everywhere
Crested Caracara - 3 at east Santa Cruz Flats, along E Baumgartner 
American Kestrel
Merlin - Santa Cruz Flats
Gambel's Quail - Paton's, Gilbert Water Ranch
Virginia Rail - Whitewater Draw
American Coot
Sandhill Crane - Whitewater Draw
Killdeer - Whitewater Draw
Black-necked Stilt - Gilbert Water Ranch
American Avocet - Gilbert Water Ranch
Greater Yellowlegs - Whitewater Draw
Long-billed Curlew - Santa Cruz Flats, single at Willcox
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Ring-billed Gull - pair at Willcox the only gulls seen
Feral Pigeon
White-winged Dove - Paton's
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove - Paton's
Greater Roadrunner - Sulphur Springs Valley
Great Horned Owl - north of Sonoita along US 83
Burrowing Owl - Santa Cruz Flats
Northern Pygmy Owl - Santa Rita Lodge (Madera)
Belted Kingfisher - irrigation channel Santa Cruz Flats
White-throated Swift - Whitewater Draw
Broad-billed Hummingbird - Santa Rita Lodge (Madera), Paton's
Anna's Hummingbird - Santa Rita Lodge (Madera), Gilbert Water Ranch
Gilded Flicker - W Santa Cruz Flats
Gila Woodpecker - any small trees in Santa Cruz Vallet
Acorn Woodpecker Santa Rita Lodge (Madera)
Downy Woodpecker Santa Rita Lodge (Madera)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker - Florida Canyon
Arizona Woodpecker - Santa Rita Lodge (Madera),
Gray Flycatcher - Huachuca Canyon
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher - Cataline SP
Loggerhead Shrike - common in Santa Cruz Flats
Hutton's Vireo
Mexican Jay - Santa Rita Lodge (Madera), Pena Blanca Lake
American Crow
Common Raven
Chihuahuan Raven - Whitewater Draw
Horned Lark - Santa Cruz Flats
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bridled Titmouse - Madera Canyon
Verdin - Santa Rita mountains, Gilbert Water Ranch
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper
Marsh Wren - Pena Blanca Lake
Bewick's Wren
Sinaloa Wren - a Mexican rarity wintering at Fort Huachuca
Rock Wren - Gila River bridge
Canyon Wren - singing at Florida Canyon

Cactus Wren - very common
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Florida Canyon
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher - Thrasher Site
Black-capped Gnatcatcher - Mexican coloniser at Florida Canyon
Rufous-backed Robin - wintering rarity at Catalina SP
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird - Catalina SP, Gilbert Water Ranch
Bendire's Thrasher - Santa Cruz Flats, Thrasher Site W of Buckeye
Curve-billed Thrasher
Crissal Thrasher - Thrasher Site W of Buckeye
Le Conte's Thrasher - Thrasher Site W of Buckeye
Sage Thrasher - Thrasher Site W of Buckeye
American Pipit
Sprague's Pipit - Santa Cruz Flats

Phainopepla - Catalina SP
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Pena Blanca Lake
Hepatic Tanager - Santa Rita Lodge (Madera)
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia- Florida Canyon
Abert's Towhee - common at Gilbert Water Ranch
Canyon Towhee
Spotted Towhee - only at Gilbert Water Ranch
Green-tailed Towhee - Florida Canyon
Rufous-winged Sparrow - Catalina SP
Black-throated Sparrow - Santa Rita mountains
Chipping Sparrow
Black-chinned Sparrow - Florida Canyon
Lark Bunting - large flocks at Santa Cruz Flats and Sulphur Springs valley
Vesper Sparrow - Whitewater Draw
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow - Paton's
Dark-eyed Junco
Yellow-eyed Junco - Madera Canyon
White-crowned Sparrow
McCown's Longspur - Santa Cruz Flats along W Pretzer
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird - thousands at feedlot near Kansas Settlement
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

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