Southeast AZ in spring (5/25-5/28/2012)

Olive Warbler is always a great bird.

The nice thing about this look is that you can immediately id this myiarchus as a Brown-crested. Note how much rufous there is in the tail and that the rufous reached all the way down the tail.

And a Tropical Kingbird in St. David at the monestery …

There were several Black-throated Sparrows in Dave Jasper’s yard in Portal raiding the feeders.

This Mississippi Kite was along AZ80 in St. David.

1. Approximate trip flow:

-Day 1: Start the day at Willcox for the Hudsonian Godwit, then bird Portal, Cave Creek Ranch, secure a campsite for 2 nights at Stewart CG (no people all weekend!), then bird the oak/pine zone no higher than Herb Martyr. Owling in Portal.

-Day 2: Try early for Black-chinned Sparrow along Paradise Rd, then work our way up to Rustler Park. Again owling near Portal.

-Day 3: Try early for Black-chinned Sparrow along Paradise Rd again, then Stateline/Gin Rds for Bendire Thrasher. Quickly check in at Willcox. Carefully bird St David. Then back to Sky Harbor.

2. Notes:

-Very good looks at a lot of good birds this time: Mexican Chickadee, Red-faced and Olive Warbler, Montezuma Quail and. Great looks at Elf, Western and Whiskered Screech-Owls

-Misses included the trogon, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Black-chinned Sparrow, Greater Pewee and Short-tailed Hawk.

-Camping at Stewart CG was great! No people, lots of birds

-Hudsonian Godwit was #300 for AZ for me

3. Full species list: 133

Gadwall (Willcox)

American Wigeon (1 female at Willcox)

Mallard (Willcox)

Blue-winged Teal (Willcox)

Cinnamon Teal (Willcox)

Northern Shoveler (Willcox)

Ruddy Duck (many at Willcox)

Scaled Quail (Willcox)

Gambel’s Quail

Montezuma Quail (a pair along the road opposite the Trogon Lodge, Chiricuahuas)

Great Blue Heron

White-faced Ibis (up to 35 in Willcox)

Turkey Vulture

Mississippi Kite (1 in St. David along AZ80)

Swainson’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

American Coot


Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Spotted Sandpiper

Marbled Godwit (1 at Willcox)

Hudsonian Godwit (1 female at Willcox on 5/26)

Baird’s Sandpiper (1 at Willcox)

Wilson’s Phalarope (1 at Willcox)

Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon (Rustler Park)

Eurasian Collored-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Inca Dove

Greater Roadrunner (1 heard at Stewart CG)

Western Screech-Owl (3 at Portal)

Whiskered Screech-Owl (1 at Idlewild CG, 2 at Stewart CG)

Elf Owl (2 at Portal)

Lesser Nighthawk (2 in Portal)

Whip-poor-will (several calling at Stewart and Idlewild CG)

Common Poorwill (calling outside of Portal)

Vaux’s Swift

White-throated Swift (near Portal)

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Blue-throated Hummingbird (Portal area)

Magnificent Hummingbird (Portal area)

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Acorn Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker (near Stewart CG)

Northern Flicker

Western Wood-Pewee

likely Dusky Flycatcher along Herb Martyr Rd

Cordilleran Flycatcher (common at Rustler Park)

Black Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher (St. David)

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher (a few off Blue Haven Rd)

Tropical Kingbird (St. David) Cassin’s Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

Bell’s Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo

Hutton’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Steller’s Jay

Mexican Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

Common Raven

Horned Lark

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Barn Swallow

Mexican Chickadee (a few at Rustler Park)

Bridled Titmouse

Juniper Titmouse (1 at 1.4mi from T along Paradise Rd)


White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Cactus Wren

Rock Wren

Canyon Wren

Bewick’s Wren

House Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

Bendire’s Thrasher (1 off Gin Rd east off Rodeo)

Curve-billed Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing


Olive Warbler (2-3 just below Rustler Park)

Virginia’s Warbler (en route to Onion Saddle)

Lucy’s Warbler (St. David)

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Grace’s Warbler (1 at Research Station)

Common Yellowthroat

Red-faced Warbler (2 at Rustler Park parking lot)

Painted Redstart

Yellow-breasted Chat (Dave Jasper’s yard, St. David)

Hepatic Tanager (pair at Onion Saddle)

Summer Tanager (Stewart CG, St. David)

Western Tanager

Spotted Towhee

Canyon Towhee

Abert’s Towhee (St. David)

Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Paradise Rd)

Lark Sparrow (St. David)

Black-throated Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow (1 at Dave Jasper’s yard)

Yellow-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Pyrrhuloxia (Dave Jasper’s yard, St. David)

Black-headed Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak (just uphill from Portal)

Indigo Bunting (1 in Portal)

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark (several lilianae at Willcox)

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Hooded Oriole

House Finch

Lesser Goldfinch

House Sparrow


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