April in Arizona – Week Three Update

In weeks one and two, we spent more time working on our property than birding. But week three changed that as we spent all or part of five days touring some of our favorite hotspots in SE Arizona.

Our tour started at Twin Lakes Golf Course and the wastewater lagoons in Wilcox. There we were able to find many species of water birds that had been missing from our list so far this month. There was nothing especially exciting, but we had a nice assortment of the usual suspects.

From there, we went to Saguaro National Monument. Unfortunately, we were unable to get a camping spot and had to leave before we had time to do any birding. Thus, our list lacks Gilded Flicker.

Fortunately, Procter Road, at the base of Madera Canyon, was available for camping and was only about an hour’s drive from Saguaro NM. There we were able to add several species characteristic of the mesquite-grassland habitat and we were well-positioned for our forays into Florida Canyon and Madera Canyon over the next two days.

Those two canyons did not disappoint. We were especially impressed by Florida Canyon’s bird diversity and were able to get some nice photos of the pair of Black-capped Gnatcatchers that are setting up housekeeping there this breeding season. Similarly, we found almost all of the usual species of Madera Canyon, though we missed the trogon, despite spending time at a suspected nest site.

After Madera, we headed southeast to Patagonia/Sonoita Creek, checked out the hummingbirds at Paton’s house and continued down to Patagonia Lake State Park. We spent a great morning with Jim and Sally Lockwood, long-time volunteers at the park, and found many nice species along the lake shore and in the riparian forest along Sonoita Creek.

The following day, we started with a visit to the Nature Conservancy preserve at Patagonia and found a Thick-billed Kingbird along with a nice assortment of residents and migrants in the cottonwoods and willows. We ended the day, and the birding for this trip, with a stroll through Ramsey Canyon Preserve just south of Sierra Vista.

Overall, we spent about four full days of birding time and traveled about 525 miles. Our trip list reached 168 species. That brings our total tally for the month to 202 species:

  1. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  2. Gadwall
  3. American Wigeon
  4. Mallard
  5. Blue-winged Teal
  6. Cinnamon Teal
  7. Northern Shoveler
  8. Green-winged Teal
  9. Ring-necked Duck
  10. Scaup sp.
  11. Bufflehead
  12. Ruddy Duck
  13. Wild Turkey
  14. Scaled Quail
  15. Gambel’s Quail
  16. Montezuma Quail
  17. Pied-billed Grebe
  18. Eared Grebe
  19. Neotropic Cormorant
  20. Double-crested Cormorant
  21. Great Blue Heron
  22. Cattle Egret
  23. Green Heron
  24. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  25. White-faced Ibis
  26. Black Vulture
  27. Turkey Vulture
  28. Northern Harrier
  29. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  30. Cooper’s Hawk
  31. Northern Goshawk
  32. Common Black-Hawk
  33. Gray Hawk
  34. Swainson’s Hawk
  35. Zone-tailed Hawk
  36. Red-tailed Hawk
  37. Golden Eagle
  38. American Kestrel
  39. Prairie Falcon
  40. American Coot
  41. Killdeer
  42. Black-necked Stilt
  43. American Avocet
  44. Spotted Sandpiper
  45. Greater Yellowlegs
  46. Willet
  47. Lesser Yellowlegs
  48. Marbled Godwit
  49. Western Sandpiper
  50. Least Sandpiper
  51. Long-billed Dowitcher
  52. Wilson’s Phalarope
  53. Franklin’s Gull
  54. Bonaparte’s Gull
  55. Rock Pigeon
  56. Band-tailed Pigeon
  57. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  58. White-winged Dove
  59. Mourning Dove
  60. Inca Dove
  61. Greater Roadrunner
  62. Western Screech-Owl
  63. Whiskered Screech-Owl
  64. Great Horned Owl
  65. Northern Pygmy-Owl
  66. Elf Owl
  67. Burrowing Owl
  68. Northern Saw-whet Owl
  69. Common Poorwill
  70. White-throated Swift
  71. Swift sp.
  72. Broad-billed Hummingbird
  73. Blue-throated Hummingbird
  74. Magnificent Hummingbird
  75. Black-chinned Hummingbird
  76. Anna’s Hummingbird
  77. Costa’s Hummingbird
  78. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
  79. Rufous Hummingbird
  80. Belted Kingfisher
  81. Acorn Woodpecker
  82. Gila Woodpecker
  83. Red-naped Sapsucker
  84. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  85. Arizona Woodpecker
  86. Northern Flicker
  87. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
  88. Greater Pewee
  89. Western Wood-Pewee
  90. Hammond’s Flycatcher
  91. Gray Flycatcher
  92. Dusky Flycatcher
  93. Tufted Flycatcher
  94. Black Phoebe
  95. Say’s Phoebe
  96. Vermilion Flycatcher
  97. Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  98. Ash-throated Flycatcher
  99. Brown-crested Flycatcher
  100. Cassin’s Kingbird
  101. Thick-billed Kingbird
  102. Western Kingbird
  103. Loggerhead Shrike
  104. Bell’s Vireo
  105. Plumbeous Vireo
  106. Cassin’s Vireo
  107. Hutton’s Vireo
  108. Warbling Vireo
  109. Steller’s Jay
  110. Mexican Jay
  111. Chihuahuan Raven
  112. Common Raven
  113. Horned Lark
  114. Purple Martin
  115. Tree Swallow
  116. Violet-green Swallow
  117. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  118. Cliff Swallow
  119. Barn Swallow
  120. Mexican Chickadee
  121. Bridled Titmouse
  122. Verdin
  123. Bushtit
  124. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  125. White-breasted Nuthatch
  126. Pygmy Nuthatch
  127. Brown Creeper
  128. Cactus Wren
  129. Canyon Wren
  130. Bewick’s Wren
  131. House Wren
  132. Marsh Wren
  133. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  134. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  135. Black-capped Gnatcatcher
  136. Western Bluebird
  137. Townsend’s Solitaire
  138. Hermit Thrush
  139. American Robin
  140. Northern Mockingbird
  141. Bendire’s Thrasher
  142. Curve-billed Thrasher
  143. Crissal Thrasher
  144. European Starling
  145. American Pipit
  146. Cedar Waxwing
  147. Phainopepla
  148. Orange-crowned Warbler
  149. Lucy’s Warbler
  150. Yellow Warbler
  151. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  152. Black-throated Gray Warbler
  153. Townsend’s Warbler
  154. Grace’s Warbler
  155. MacGillivray’s Warbler
  156. Common Yellowthroat
  157. Wilson’s Warbler
  158. Painted Redstart
  159. Yellow-breasted Chat
  160. Hepatic Tanager
  161. Summer Tanager
  162. Western Tanager
  163. Flame-colored Tanager
  164. Green-tailed Towhee
  165. Spotted Towhee
  166. Canyon Towhee
  167. Abert’s Towhee
  168. Rufous-winged Sparrow
  169. Cassin’s Sparrow
  170. Botteri’s Sparrow
  171. Rufous-crowned Sparrow
  172. Chipping Sparrow
  173. Clay-colored Sparrow
  174. Brewer’s Sparrow
  175. Vesper Sparrow
  176. Lark Sparrow
  177. Black-throated Sparrow
  178. Lark Bunting
  179. Savannah Sparrow
  180. Song Sparrow
  181. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  182. White-crowned Sparrow
  183. Dark-eyed Junco
  184. Yellow-eyed Junco
  185. Northern Cardinal
  186. Pyrrhuloxia
  187. Black-headed Grosbeak
  188. Lazuli Bunting
  189. Red-winged Blackbird
  190. Eastern Meadowlark
  191. Western Meadowlark
  192. Yellow-headed Blackbird
  193. Brewer’s Blackbird
  194. Great-tailed Grackle
  195. Brown-headed Cowbird
  196. Hooded Oriole
  197. Scott’s Oriole
  198. House Finch
  199. Red Crossbill
  200. Pine Siskin
  201. Lesser Goldfinch
  202. House Sparrow

 

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