Friday, 20 May 2016

Arizona (Days 2 & 3)

The above websites are very useful. Check out Richard Fray’s blog on first link. 

Pe┼ła Blanca (prn Penya Blanca)

Dawn visit to the lake was rewarded with views of Nighthawks. Amazed by number of Green Herons in this isolated mountain lake. The surroundings are brilliant and the Canyon is home to many Trogons. Sadly I failed to connect with any Trogons because I reached the point where three tracks headed upstream. I think/know I chose the wrong option.

Vermillion Flycatcher

A very common bird!

Lucy's Warber

Acorn Woodpecker

Song Sparrow

Great-tailed Grackles (female above, male below)

Very little water, but still plenty of birds. Really well organised and good viewing areas.

Kino Springs
This Golf Course provides some interesting habitats and with the watering of greens it encourages birdlife. This was the only place I came across a snake. Yet to be identified. I filled up the car and was amazed how cheap the petrol was 2$ per gallon.

Gila Woodpecker

Patagonia Lake

Patagonia Roadside Rest
This was pretty useless The light early morning is poor and birds distant.

Patagonia Lake
Great birding. Head through the campsites and follow the trail. The cattle are a bit of a problem early morning but on the return walk they have calmed and can be easily ignored. Plenty of places to stop, sit, and watch the birds. Most unexpected find was a flock of Cedar Waxwings. Walked for hours along this river edge and back when I reached the fence.

A visit to Paton’s Feeders was unproductive. I think early morning or late afternoon would be best. I arrived at midday.

White-breasted Nuthatch

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow Warbler
(I think this is a 1st year Yellow Warbler)

A very rare sight. 20% chance of rain. It didn't and it then gradually warmed up for the rest of the holiday.


Spotted Sandpiper

White-faced Ibis

Yellow Warbler
(The real thing!)

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