Yet another AZ trip (5/20-5/22/2011 – part 2)

While not being the sharpest of all pictures, it does serve the purpose of id’ing some of the more challenging myiarchus flycatchers. This bird can be told from Ash-throated Flycatcher only by bill shape. Also note the bright rufous patch on the outer secondaries, something Dusky-capped doesn’t have. Anyway, this bird was way too big for Dusky-capped. It is a Brown-crested Flycatcher.

Now a Dusky-capped Flycatcher at Pena Blanca Lake …

The Beatty’s CAS site at Miller Canyon had good numbers of the common hummingbirds yet nothing rare. Here a subadult male Broad-tailed.

Not often do you get real close to a raven. This bird was at Escapule Wash near the Charleston Bridge across the San Pedro River. It is not a Chihuahuan which you want to make a raven into at this location.

Upper Carr Canyon is always spectacular. I always seem to struggle there initially, but then with a lot of patience, I am successful. You must know your calls though, here maybe more so than other places. A Greater Pewee came down from his higher perches later in the morning.

I know, this isn’t exactly poster quality … Interestingly, this female was followed by a youngster begging for food. Notice the timing: It is very early for Olive Warbler young to have fledged by mid May.

At the St. David Monestary, the draw is breeding Common Black-Hawks (not this year though) and Mississippi Kite (which I dipped on). Nevertheless, a Tropical King bird should be easy there, right? Nope … I saw one there last year. This is “just” a Western. Look at the size of the bill and the uniformity of the coverts/secondaries.


Yet another AZ trip (5/20-5/22/2011 – part 1)

I did my annual AZ trip last weekend and FINALLY got to see my first Olive Warbler in 8 years. It’s been a long time coming …

The day started well at Florida Wash  in lower Madera Canyon where this Rufous-winged Sparrow was posing for me.

A Botteri’s Sparrow was singing just above Proctor Rd, but I didn’t get any pictures. They are much easier when the monsoon starts. 

After unsuccessfully trying for the Least Grebes last summer at Pena Blanca Lake, I easily got 2 this year.

I always pull into Kino Springs en route to Patagonia. It is a neat spot with lots of possibilities. This male Bronzed Cowbird (check the red iris!) was smart and stayed (much to the dismay of the waiting photographer) in the narrow stip of shade offered by a pole near the pitch & putt area.

A pair of Vermilion Flycatchers always seems to be at the clubhouse.

One of many Swainson’s Thrushes was at the Patton’s.

Always reliable at the Patton’s is the Violet-crowned Hummingbird. Thanks to Michael Marsden for maintaining the feeders!

A few picture from local sites (Oregon, May 2011)

I got extraordinarily close to this Western Tanager at Emma Jones Nature Preserve in Hillsboro.

Swainson’s Thrushes have also been showing up at Emma Jones recently.

Often close, but mostly always on the move: The Black-capped Chickadee.

This singing Purple Finch was near Griggs, Linn Co.

A Lesser Goldfinch was at the Jenkins Estate near Farmington, OR.

Finally, 2 Vesper Sparrows were singing along Belts Rd in Linn Co.

A few pictures from a trip to Morrow Co (05/14-15/2011)

I travelled to Morrow Co for the NAMC this year. I found 91 species, which isn’t too bad for only my second time really birding there. Highlights were Ferruginous Hawk, Grasshopper, Vesper and Brewer’s Sparrow, Long-billed Curlew, 2 Evening Grosbeaks in Boardman, Common Poorwill and Gray Jay.

Just as I was about to set out to the National Forest areas SE of Heppner, all hell broke loose with thunder, lightning and hail. That was it for the day. Neverless, my Morrow Co list got a big boost and stands at 121 now.

This Loggerhead Shrike seems to have set up shop at Monkland & Nish east of Moro in Sherman Co.

Short-eared Owls were numerous on fence posts in the middle of the day. The first picture is from Morrow Co, the second from Gilliam Co. The area 5mi east & west of Ruggs along 206 proved to be best for them.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds are pretty common near Boardman and at Umatilla NWR.

At DeMoss Springs in Sherman Co, I was surrounded by a family of Great Horned Owls with 3 young. Here a clumsy youngster trying to balance in the wind.