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!

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