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)
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture (Pena Blanca Lake, Patagonia)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Rio Rico)
sandpiper sp (Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Paton’s)
Red-naped Sapsucker (many at Pena Blanca Lake)
Vermilion Flycatcher (1 at Pena Blanca Lake)
Marsh Wren (Baird’s Sparrow spot)
American Pipit (San Rafael Valley)
Lucy’s Warbler (Patagonia-Sonoita Reserve)
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hermit Warbler (Harshaw Canyon Rd)
Green-tailed Towhee (several places)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Pena Blanca Lake)
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)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (about 12 at Baird’s Sparrow spot)
Pyrrhuloxia (1 at Tubac)
Blue Grosbeak (1 at Tubac)
Indigo Bunting (1 immature male at the Patons)