A quick weekend trip to AZ (08/13-08/15/2010)

Summary:

-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)
Gambel’s Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Gray Hawk (1 at De Anza trail in Tubac, 1 en route to Pena Blanca Lake)
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Kino Springs)
Greater Roadrunner (Miller Cyn turnoff)
Common Nighthawk
Broad-billed Hummingbird
White-eared Hummingbird (Beatty’s)
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Madera Kubo and Beatty’s)
Magnificent Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Elegant Trogon (Vault Mine trail)
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Greater Pewee (Reef CG)
Western Wood-Pewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Buff-breasted Flycatcher (several at Carr Canyon)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Kino Springs)
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Kubo and Vault Mine trail)
Cassin’s Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird
Thick-billed Kingbird (Patagonia Rest Stop)
Western Kingbird
Bell’s Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Mexican Jay
Common Raven
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bridled Titmouse
Verdin (Patagonia Lake SP)
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Gnatcatcher sp (Old Sawmill trail in Carr Cyn)
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher (Kino Springs)
European Starling
Phainopepla
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Virginia’s Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Lucy’s Warbler (De Anza trail in Tubac)
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Grace’s Warbler (many at Carr Cyn)
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Painted Redstart (many at various locations)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Spotted Towhee
Canyon Towhee
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)
Song Sparrow
Yellow-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Varied Bunting
Hepatic Tanager (Carr Cyn)
Summer Tanager
Western Tanager
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark (lilinanae) (Cienega)
Great-tailed Grackle
Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Plumbeous Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Mexican Jay
Common Raven
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bridled Titmouse
Verdin (Patagonia Lake SP)
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Gnatcatcher sp (Old Sawmill trail in Carr Cyn)
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher (Kino Springs)
European Starling
Phainopepla
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Virginia’s Warbler (Carr Cyn)
Lucy’s Warbler (De Anza trail in Tubac)
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Grace’s Warbler (many at Carr Cyn)
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Painted Redstart (many at various locations)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Spotted Towhee
Canyon Towhee
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)
Song Sparrow
Yellow-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Varied Bunting
Hepatic Tanager (Carr Cyn)
Summer Tanager
Western Tanager
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark (lilinanae) (Cienega)
Great-tailed Grackle
Bullock’s Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

The odonates of Emma Jones Natural Preserve in Hillsboro, OR (08/04/10, part2)

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.

Black Saddlebags

Cardinal Meadowhawk

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

The odonates of Emma Jones Natural Preserve in Hillsboro, OR (08/04/10, part1)

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 …

Common Whitetail

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Widow Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

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.