Ok, one more AZ trip (10/14-16/2011)

A delightful trip to AZ last weekend yielded somewhat few specialities, but was nevertheless very productive with a few year and state birds. Highlights were many Least Grebes at Pena Blanca Lake, quite a few Chestnut-collared Longspurs and a nice Baird’s Sparrow at the San Rafael Grasslands and an Indigo Bunting at the Paton’s (which isn’t all that special; anyway …). It was great to finally get decent pictures of Lark Bunting. A doe and fawn Coues White-tailed Deer were at the Patagonia-Sonoita Reserve in Patagonia.

This Cassin’s Kingbird was waiting for us at the Tubac parking area.

This young male Indigo Bunting was in the Paton’s yard.

These 2 Lark Buntings were in the San Rafael Valley. Look at those claws and the huge bill!

The Verdin is one of the cutest little birds of the Southwest. Quite common, but I always enjoy seeing them.

Not really sharp at all, but always a treat when grebes carry their young on their backs.

The Patagonia-Sonoita Reserve had quite a few odonates hunting over the creek. Both Springwater Dancer and Flame Skimmer are really common.

Species list (total of 94):
Least Grebe (Pena Blanca Lake, several calling adults, many babies)
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture (Pena Blanca Lake, Patagonia)
Turkey Vulture
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Rio Rico)
Cinnamon Teal
Green-winged Teal
Ruddy Duck
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
sandpiper sp (Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Paton’s)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker (many at Pena Blanca Lake)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Vermilion Flycatcher (1 at Pena Blanca Lake)
Black Phoebe
Cassin’s Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Mexican Jay
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bridled Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Rock Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren (Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Curve-billed Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit (San Rafael Valley)
Orange-crowned Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler (Patagonia-Sonoita Reserve)
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hermit Warbler (Harshaw Canyon Rd)
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Green-tailed Towhee (several places)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Pena Blanca Lake)
Chipping Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting (2 in San Rafael Valley)
Savannah Sparrow (many at Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Baird’s Sparrow (1-2 in San Rafael Valley)
Grasshopper Sparrow (only 1 in San Rafael Valley)
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chestnut-collared Longspur (about 12 at Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia (1 at Tubac)
Blue Grosbeak (1 at Tubac)
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting (1 immature male at the Patons)
Varied Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow



  1. Looks like the dancer I labeled Springwater is actually a Spine-tipped. Here Pierre Deviche notes about this damsel:

    a. The shape of the black humeral mark – ending anteriorly with a black rectangle;
    b. The saddle-shaped black mark on abdominal segment 2;
    c. The black lateral streaks (barely visible because of orientation, but they are there) on abdominal segments 7-10.


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