There were not one, but two immature Franklin’s Gulls at Coon Point on Sauvie Island today. This is bird 1:
Further out, and much more skittish, was bird 2. They look remarkably similar.
-Highlights: Many Buff-breasted Flycatchers, singing sparrow and a bobcat on the way up Carr Canyon
-Lowlights: Missing Olive Warbler, again
Approximate trip flow:
– Sat: Madera Cyn (sparrows, Kubo, Vault Mine, Proctor Rd), De Anza trail in Tubac, Rio Rico ponds, Pena Blanca Lake, Kino Springs, Patagonia Roadside Area, Patagonia Lake State Park, Paton’s, Cienegas – Sonoita
– Sun: Carr Canyon, Miller Canyon, San Pedro House
Species list (total of 110)
Duck sp (likely Mallard)
Great Blue Heron
Gray Hawk (1 at De Anza trail in Tubac, 1 en route to Pena Blanca Lake)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Kino Springs)
Greater Roadrunner (Miller Cyn turnoff)
White-eared Hummingbird (Beatty’s)
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Madera Kubo and Beatty’s)
Elegant Trogon (Vault Mine trail)
Greater Pewee (Reef CG)
Buff-breasted Flycatcher (several at Carr Canyon)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Kino Springs)
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Kubo and Vault Mine trail)
Thick-billed Kingbird (Patagonia Rest Stop)
Verdin (Patagonia Lake SP)
Gnatcatcher sp (Old Sawmill trail in Carr Cyn)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Kino Springs)
Nashville Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Virginia’s Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Lucy’s Warbler (De Anza trail in Tubac)
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Grace’s Warbler (many at Carr Cyn)
Painted Redstart (many at various locations)
Abert’s Towhee (San Pedro House)
Rufous-winged Sparrow (road up to Madera Cyn)
Cassin’s Sparrow (Cienega)
Botteri’s Sparrow (road up to Madera Cyn and Cienega)
Black-throated Sparrow (road up to Madera Cyn and Cienega)
Hepatic Tanager (Carr Cyn)
Eastern Meadowlark (lilinanae) (Cienega)
Here some more species of varying quality from Emma Jones. Again, I am a beginner with odonates and therefore not sure about some of the identifications.
Don’t really know what this is, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this was a Western Pondhawk. On the other hand, the color combinations would fall right in between female and male.
If this is indeed a Blue Dasher, shouldn’t the thorax show some striping?
Female Western Pondhawk
Male Western Pondhawk
Over the last week or so, I’ve been exploring the odonates at Emma Jones as the birding is very slow this time of the year. I’m quite a rookie with damsel and dragon flies, so I wouldn’t fully rely on the identifications made below. Here some samples …
This could be a Northern Spreadwing, but I’m not sure. Definitely a spreadwing which is actually a damsel fly.
And finally, a mating pair of Tule Bluet, another damsel fly.