Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Birding Saint Gertrudis Lane, Tumacacori, Arizona

One of my favorite birding spots is the Juan Bautiste de Anza Trail just north and south of Saint Gertrudis Lane in Tumacacori.

Susie and Steve (guests of ours) and I headed down after breakfast a couple of days ago in hopes of relocating the reported Sinaloa Wren and Rufous Backed Robins. No luck with either but we did find it very "birdie," and came away with some nice photos:

Bewick's Wren

Bridled Titmouse

Northern Cardinal

Common Yellowthroat

Grey Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

Wilson's Warbler

Monday, April 16, 2018

Birding Tanque Verde Wash

On the report of a Broad Winged Hawk I headed over there with some guests to see if we could relocate it.

The short of the story is "Yes." Though not a great photo. It was several hundred feet up into the bright sunny sky:

Broad Winged Hawk
 Here a few other photos from the Wash:

Cooper's Hawk

Lucy's Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Pacific Slope (or Cordilleran) Flycatcher

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sweetwater Wetlands Revisited - II

And now the other birds from a morning at Sweetwater:

Abert's Towhee

Black Phoebe

Orange Crowned Warbler

Red Winged Blackbird

Wilson's Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sweetwater Wetlands Revisited

Sweetwater Wetlands is know for its wetlands and it certainly gets a nice mixture of waterbirds year round. But surrounding the water are cottonwoods, willows, and mesquite trees with provide a haven for other birds. 

Today a few of the waterbird photos I particularly like and next post will be the others:

These waterbirds aren't rare to Arizona or to Sweetwater. However, I liked the composition and colors in these particular photos:

Cinnamon Teal

Green Heron

Mallard Duck


Monday, April 9, 2018

More from El Rio Open Space - III

And now the Wildflowers:

There was a nice flow of water in the Santa Cruz River enough though the lake was drying up:

Saturday, April 7, 2018

More from El Rio Open Space - II

Here some of the other birds at El Rio Open Space:

Cassin's Kingbird

Great Blue Heron

Lucy's Warbler

Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk

Thursday, April 5, 2018

More from El Rio Open Space

Monday Christine and I walked around El Rio Open Space (Coachline Gravel Pit) again. Even less water now -- nearly gone. But the Egrets are still there. I counted 17 Great Egrets and 2 Snowy Egrets. It was midday and 90 degrees so non water birds were scarce.

Wildflowers are now in full bloom so it was a lovely walk.

Here then some of the Egret photos:

Notice the Snowy Egret

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Birding Coachline Gravel Pit aka El Rio Open Space

Also called the El Rio Preserve is a 100 acre wetland formed by a break in the Santa Cruz River a few years ago. Funding has been provided to improve trails, parking, and the wetland itself. Since the original flooding, over 200 species have been reported there. 

At present the size of the lake has been significantly reduced. Therefore the fish have been limited to a much smaller area which has attracted many Egrets. I was there yesterday and found 19 Great Egrets all within sight at the same time. 

Here are some of yesterday's photos:

green winged teal

great egret

blue canterbury

mexican poppy


greater roadrunner

yellow rumped warbler

house finch

red tailed hawk

northern rough winged swallow

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Birding The Azure Gate

We are fortunate to have quite a lot of birds around. In terms of number of species, it's 75 -- certainly not as many as might be found where there is more water -- Sweetwater Wetlands, Santa Cruz and San Pedro Rivers, and the various mountain canyons.

But in terms of sheer numbers, you'll see as many birds here as in just about any place -- certainly the desert birds.

We have had our share of oddities -- Wild Turkeys, Band Tailed Pigeon, and Western Wood Pewee, Inca Dove, Scott's Oriole, Gilded Flicker, Rivoli's and Black Chinned Hummingbirds -- birds more associated with the surrounding mountains.

It's been difficult for me to get out to some of the birding sites the last couple of weeks. So I try to walk around our property every day. Yesterday I got the following photos that I particularly like:

Cooper's Hawk Adult


Cactus Wren

Gila Woodpecker