AZ’s West Coast (02/17-02/20/2012)

Highlights on a fun 3-day trip to Arizona’s West Coast include:

  • Singing LeConte’s Thrashers off the Wintersburg exit of I-10
  • 4 Trumpeter and 3 Tundra Swan east of Needles in the ag fields north of Vanderslice & Courtwright
  • Eastern Phobe at Catfish Paradise (Topock Marsh)
  • The long-staying NUTTING’S FLYCATCHER and a Northern Parula at Mosquito Flats (MP 2.0) of Planet Ranch Rd (Bill Williams NWR)
  • A drake Barrow’s Goldeneye, a hen Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Loons and an immature male Surf Scoter off the Bill Williams NWR visitor center
  • A failed search for Smith’s Longspur in Estella at least yielded nice looks at Chestnut-collared Longspur

We finished with 104 species.

This Canyon Wren was calling/singing from the “wrong” side of the road.

My San Bernadino Co Vermilion Flycatcher was at south of Parker Dam.

The star of the show was the long-staying Nutting’s Flycatcher at Bill Williams NWR. Some info on this bird including vocalizations is shown here: http://azfo.org/gallery/2011/html14/NUFL_BWRNWR_West_20_December_2011.html.

This shot shows the diagnostic orange mouth-lining and the rufous inner webs of the primaries. The latter were not very visible when the bird was perched.

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