CALIFORNIA and ARIZONA MBWEEKS SUMMARIES 

January 11-18 & January 19-26, 2014


Whether you were on one or both of these winter birding vacations, I suspect you felt the same way I did on the day to return home – I didn't want to go. Not only was it hard to leave behind all those great birds and places in California and Arizona, but the return to the reality of Minnesota's weather was hardly an inviting prospect. True, it was much drier than normal where we were, especially in CA where temperatures in the 80s on a few days made for some slow birding. But we can hardly complain when it reached the 70s on most days, our "coldest" day had a high in the low 60s, and there was only a day or two on the windy side. Indeed, consider that the temperatures in Minnesota were – and still are – around 100 degrees colder on many days once the winds are factored in!


No matter what the weather here or there, of course, the birding was our highest priority, and overall it did not disappoint. In all during the two weeks, we found a grand total of 244 species, just 6 shy of this MBW's best composite total, and this included no fewer than 115 birds not normally seen in Minnesota. While the CA week "only" came up with 180 species, perhaps due to the excessively dry and warm weather (we usually reach 190+), the week in AZ totaled no fewer than 170 species (around 10 more than our average). This difference of only 10 species between the CA and AZ portions was especially interesting: normally this difference has been around 30 or so.         


With so many birds found on our lists, it's hard to know where to start with the highlights. On the CA MBWeek, what stands out most in my mind were the 2 Eurasian Wigeons we saw in San Diego, the closer-to-shore-than-usual Black-vented Shearwaters at La Jolla, the Blue-footed Boobies at Lake Skinner (only my second sighting ever), finding tattlers and turnstones and Surfbirds on the rocks, the return of the Thick-billed Kingbird to San Diego, California Gnatcatchers at San Elijo Lagoon, Tricolored Blackbirds again at Lindo Lake, and of course my only lifer – the Nutmeg Mannikins by Tecolote Nature Center.


Our main highlights in AZ mostly included coming up with so many staked-out rarities – birds which are not to be expected every year: the flock of Lawrence's Goldfinch rewarding our hike along Rillito Creek, that Greater Pewee in Tucson's Evergreen Cemetery, the Sinaloa Wren eventually emerging into view in Huachuca Canyon, cooperative Ruddy Ground-Doves at Whitewater Draw, an uncharacteristically "tame" Elegant Trogon at Patagonia Lake, Florida Canyon's pair of close and cooperative Rufous-capped Warblers, and the mostly-heard and elusive Black-capped Gnatcatchers in Montosa Canyon. And don't forget the lovebirds (both human and Rosy-faced) at Phoenix's Granada Park.


Also of note during our two weeks were those owls (especially the Barn Owl at Sonny Bono NWR and the responsive Whiskered Screech-Owl in Miller Canyon), 5 species of hummingbird (with Anna's almost everywhere), 13 woodpecker species (highlighted by Lewis's, White-headed, and Williamson's Sapsucker in CA; Arizona Woodpeckers and Gilded Flickers in AZ), no fewer than 6 thrasher species (with 5 of these at the famed Baseline Rd flats, along with a more cooperative Crissal at Estrella Park), and an impressive 25 sparrow species (with perhaps Rufous-winged, Brewer's, Sagebrush, Bell's, and Golden-crowned at the top of the list).


(There will always be some should-have-seen "misses" on any trip, but there were relatively few on these MBWs. About our only real disappointments were the lack of California Quail, White-tailed Kite, Mountain Plover at both Salton Sea and Santa Cruz Flats, some sought-after gulls at Salton Sea, Mountain Bluebird, and wintering orioles in San Diego.)


Besides the nice weather and impressive lists of birds, there was also some nice scenery to remember: along the California coast, the vista from Cabrillo National Monument, the San Jacinto Mountains, Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, and the canyons of the Huachuca and Santa Rita Mountains. I was also pleased by the generally smooth logistics involved with both MBWs, and the lack of any traffic problems in San Diego and Phoenix. (In addition, it was gratifying not to encounter any problems in the field despite my inability to get an elusive permit from the unresponsive forest service in AZ.) Finally, special recognition goes to Sue who came up with no fewer than 114 lifers (!) over the two weeks, and to Bernice who managed to see all 6 of her targeted lifers in AZ. 


ITINERARIES


California MBWeek:


January 11 - Early afternoon arrival at SAN, Robb Field and north jetty along San Diego River (dinner at Point Loma Seafood; first of 3 nights at Vagabond Inn Airport Marina).


January 12 - La Jolla, San Elijo Lagoon, Fairbanks Ranch, and Lindo Lake (dinner at Miguel's, with my nephew Paul).


January 13 - Tijuana Slough & vicinity, 7th Street mudflats, 2222 Leon St, Birds & Butterflies Sanctuary, Dairy Lake, Thick-b Kingbird stake-out, Sweetwater River, and Lake Murray (dinner at The Pearl / Pizza Nova / Pt Loma Seafood). 


January 14 - Tecolote Nature Center, north jetty, Seacoast Blvd cormorant rock, Cabrillo National Monument, and drive to Hemet via Pamo Road and Lake Skinner (dinner at Mimi's; first of 2 nights at Hemet Quality Inn). 


January 15 - San Jacinto Mountains, including McCall Park, Humber Park, Idyllwild Nature Center & County Park, Hurkey Creek Campground, and Ramona Trailhead (dinner at Sweet Baby Jane's).


January 16 - Anza-Borrego State Park, including Borrego Springs visitors center, Roadrunner Club, the "basin", and "sculpture garden"; drive to El Centro via Mecca, VanderVeer Road, and Salton Sea Recreation Area visitors center (dinner at Chili's; first of 2 nights at El Centro Fairfield Inn).  


January 17 - Salton Sea & vicinity, including Finney Lake, Calipatria Prison fields, Sinclair Road & vicinity, Sonny Bono NWR headquarters & Rock Hill Trail, Red Hill Marina, and levee road from Obsidean Butte to Young Road (dinner at Johnny Carino's).  


January 18 - Morning at New River and Fig Lagoon; drive to Phoenix via Old Highway 80 and Baseline & Salome Roads thrasher flats (dinner at Mucho Gusto; final night at La Quinta Sky Harbor Airport).


Arizona MBWeek:


January 19 - Afternoon at Gilbert Water Ranch, Granada Park, and Tempe Town Lake (dinner at Thai Basil / Oregano's; first of 2 nights at La Quinta Sky Harbor Airport).


January 20 - Return to Old Highway 80 and Baseline & Salome Roads area, Estrella Mountains and South Regional Parks, and Tempe Town Lake (dinner at Thai Elephant).


January 21 - Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, Oak Flats Campground, and drive to Casa Grande (dinner at Bedillon's; night at Casa Grande Comfort Inn).


January 22 - Santa Cruz Flats, Dan Felix Park, Rillito Creek, Evergreen Cemetery, and drive to Sierra Vista (dinner at La Casita / Olive Garden; first of 2 nights at Sierra Vista Days Inn). 


January 23 - Huachuca Canyon, Whitewater Draw & vicinity, and Miller Canyon owling (dinner at Mesquite Tree).


January 24 - Sierra Vista sewage ponds, San Pedro House, Paton's feeders, and Patagonia Lake State Park (dinner at Steak Out; drive to Tucson for first of 2 nights at La Quinta Airport).


January 25 - Florida Canyon, Madera Canyon, Amado sewage ponds, and Montosa Canyon (dinner at Claim Jumper).


January 26 - Morning return to Florida & Montosa Canyons; afternoon flights home. 


BIRD LIST (composite total = 244 species)


- CA = seen only on California MBW, January 11-18 (180 species, incl 5 AZ-only birds on Jan 18)

- AZ = seen only on Arizona MBW, January 19-26 (170 species)

- species not annotated CA or AZ were seen on both MBWs

- boldfaced species = "non-Minnesota" birds (i.e., those absent, accidental, or casual in MN)

- CAPITALIZED SPECIES = rarities not to be expected every year


Greater White-fronted Goose      CA

Snow Goose

Ross's Goose  

Brant      CA - best at Robb Field

Canada Goose

Wood Duck      CA

Gadwall

EURASIAN WIGEON      CA - twice in San Diego

American Wigeon

Mallard      - incl "Mexican" Ducks in AZ

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback      AZ

Redhead      AZ

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter      CA

Bufflehead

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser      AZ

Red-breasted Merganser      CA

Ruddy Duck


Gambel's Quail      - especially around the Days Inn pool


Wild Turkey      AZ


Red-throated Loon      CA

Common Loon      CA


Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe      AZ

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

Clark's Grebe      CA


Black-vented Shearwater      CA - relatively close at La Jolla


BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY      CA - 2 stake-outs at Lake Skinner


Brandt's Cormorant      CA - closest at La Jolla

Neotropic Cormorant      AZ - best at Gilbert Water Ranch

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant      CA - best at San Diego's "cormorant rock"


American White Pelican      CA

Brown Pelican      CA


Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron      CA

Cattle Egret

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron      CA - hiding in a pine near Tijuana Slough 


White-faced Ibis      CA


Turkey Vulture


Osprey


Bald Eagle      AZ - relatively rare here

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk      CA

Red-tailed Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk      - mostly seen in AZ

Golden Eagle      AZ - brief fly-bys at Florida Canyon


Clapper Rail      CA - especially Tijuana Slough

Virginia Rail      AZ - mostly heard-only

Sora      - heard-only 

Common Gallinule      CA

American Coot


Sandhill Crane      AZ - thousands at Whitewater Draw


Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet


Black-bellied Plover      CA

Snowy Plover      CA - Robb Field

Semipalmated Plover      CA

Killdeer


Spotted Sandpiper      CA

Wandering Tattler      CA - best at La Jolla 

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet      CA

Lesser Yellowlegs      AZ

Whimbrel      CA

Long-billed Curlew      CA

Marbled Godwit      CA

Ruddy Turnstone      CA

Black Turnstone      CA

Surfbird      CA - San Diego River's north jetty

Stilt Sandpiper      CA

Sanderling      CA

Dunlin      CA

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper      CA

Short-billed Dowitcher      CA

Long-billed Dowitcher


Parasitic Jaeger      CA - leader-only at La Jolla


Bonaparte's Gull      CA

Heermann's Gull      - unusual AZ stake-out at Amado

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull      CA

California Gull      CA

Herring Gull      CA

Caspian Tern      CA

Royal Tern      CA


Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon      CA - more than usual in Idyllwild area

Eurasian Collared-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Inca Dove      AZ

Common Ground-Dove

RUDDY GROUND-DOVE      AZ - 2 at Whitewater Draw


Greater Roadrunner      


Barn Owl      CA - roosting in a Sonny Bono NWR palm


Whiskered Screech-Owl      AZ - very cooperative in Miller Canyon

Great Horned Owl      AZ

Burrowing Owl


White-throated Swift      AZ - Boyce-Thompson Arboretum


Broad-billed Hummingbird      AZ - ditto

MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD      AZ - 3 at Madera Kubo B & B

Anna's Hummingbird      - ubiquitous

Costa's Hummingbird      CA - Borrego Springs

Allen's Hummingbird      CA - San Elijo Lagoon


ELEGANT TROGON      AZ - amazingly cooperative at Patagonia Lake State Park


Belted Kingfisher


LEWIS'S WOODPECKER      CA - stake-outs on Pamo Rd N of Ramona

Acorn Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker      AZ

WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER      CA - Idyllwild County Park female

Red-naped Sapsucker      AZ

Red-breasted Sapsucker      CA - best at McCall Park

Ladder-backed Woodpecker      - leader-only in CA

Nuttall's Woodpecker      CA

Hairy Woodpecker      CA

Arizona Woodpecker      AZ - best at Huachuca Canyon

White-headed Woodpecker      CA - McCall Park

Northern Flicker

Gilded Flicker      AZ - especially South Mountain Park


American Kestrel

Merlin      CA - only in Arizona

Prairie Falcon      - best at Estrella Regional Park in AZ


Rosy-faced Lovebird      AZ - Granada Park!


GREATER PEWEE      AZ - unusual stake-out in Tucson

Hammond's Flycatcher      AZ

Gray Flycatcher      AZ

Black Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher       - only in Arizona on CA MBW

Ash-throated Flycatcher      AZ - Patagonia Lake

Cassin's Kingbird      CA

THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD      CA - wintering again in San Diego


Loggerhead Shrike


Plumbeous Vireo      AZ - only at Dan Felix Park in Tucson

Hutton's Vireo      AZ - several kinglet look-alikes


Steller's Jay      CA

Western Scrub-Jay      CA

Mexican Jay      AZ

American Crow

Chihuahuan Raven      AZ - Sierra Vista & vicinity

Common Raven


Horned Lark


Tree Swallow      AZ

N. Rough-winged Swallow      AZ


Mountain Chickadee

Bridled Titmouse      AZ

Oak Titmouse      CA

Juniper Titmouse      AZ - Oak Flat Campground


Verdin


Bushtit      CA


White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch      CA - San Jacinto Mts


Brown Creeper


Rock Wren      - best in Bisbee in AZ

Canyon Wren

House Wren      AZ

Marsh Wren

Bewick's Wren

Cactus Wren

SINALOA WREN      AZ - after 4+ hours in Huachuca Canyon


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

California Gnatcatcher      CA - San Elijo Lagoon

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER      AZ - heard by all (except me?) & seen by some in Montosa Canyon


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Wrentit      CA - most visible at Tecolote Nature Center


Western Bluebird

Townsend's Solitaire      AZ

Hermit Thrush

American Robin


Curve-billed Thrasher      AZ

Bendire's Thrasher      - only in Arizona on CA MBW; quite vocal/visible at Baseline Rd thrasher flats

California Thrasher      CA

Le Conte's Thrasher      - only in Arizona on CA MBW; Baseline Rd thrasher flats

Crissal Thrasher      - only seen by a few on CA MBW; best at Estrella Regional Park in AZ 

Sage Thrasher      AZ - Baseline Rd thrasher flats

Northern Mockingbird


European Starling


American Pipit


Cedar Waxwing      CA


Phainopepla


Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat      CA

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler      AZ - especially Patagonia Lake

Townsend's Warbler      - best at Lake Skinner in CA

RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER      AZ - very cooperative at Florida Canyon

Painted Redstart      AZ - especially Madera Kubo


Green-tailed Towhee      AZ - best at San Pedro House & Paton's feeders

Spotted Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow      AZ - Huachuca Canyon

Canyon Towhee      AZ - why so few?

California Towhee      CA

Abert's Towhee

Rufous-winged Sparrow      AZ - en route to Florida Canyon

Cassin's Sparrow      AZ - heard-only/leader-only

Chipping Sparrow      AZ

Brewer's Sparrow      AZ - best near Whitewater Draw

Black-chinned Sparrow      AZ - Huachuca Canyon

Vesper Sparrow      AZ

Lark Sparrow      AZ

Black-throated Sparrow

Sagebrush Sparrow      - only in Arizona on CA MBW; Baseline Rd thrasher spot

Bell's Sparrow      CA - Borrego Springs

Lark Bunting      AZ - Whitewater Draw

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow      CA - with Golden-crowneds at Cabrillo

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow      CA - Cabrillo Nat'l Monument

Dark-eyed Junco

Yellow-eyed Junco      AZ - Madera Kubo B & B


Hepatic Tanager      AZ - especially Madera Kubo

Northern Cardinal      AZ

Pyrrhuloxia      AZ

Lazuli Bunting      AZ - Paton's feeders


Red-winged Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird      CA - again at Lindo Lake

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird      AZ

Brewer's Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird


House Finch

Pine Siskin      AZ

Lesser Goldfinch

LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH      AZ - Rillito Creek in Tucson


House Sparrow


Nutmeg Mannikin      CA - near the "railway sleepers" at Tecolote Nature Center!



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WINTER ARIZONA PHOTO GALLERY


~  Also see the photo gallery on the Summer Arizona MBWeeks page  ~  



The summaries of the 2017 Arizona and 2014

California-Arizona MBWeeks follow; note that several species

in 2014 were only seen in CA but not in AZ.


Also see the PHOTO GALLERY following the summaries.


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SOUTHEAST ARIZONA MBWEEK SUMMARY

January 14 - 22, 2017


One would think that reports of staked-out rarities at the time of a tour would be welcome news. Curiously, though, such is not necessarily the case. If there are too many of them, the time spent searching for them can cut into the time needed to look for other things. While it was fantastic for us to relocate the Nutting's Flycatcher at California Gulch (a lifer for all, including Jeff and me!), this side trip took up most of Day 5. Exciting as well was finally seeing the Rose-throated Becard along the de Anza Trail on Day 8, though most of the day before was spent coming up empty looking for both the becard a staked-out Rufous-backed Robin on this trail. And our first vigil at the alleged Rufous-backed house was rewarded by a Ruddy Ground-Dove on Day 4, although we spent too many hours then and on Day 8 waiting in vain for that robin to emerge into view from its back-yard hiding place.


But don't get me wrong here – for us to connect on these three rarities was quite a feat, especially considering that they were so elusive (almost as difficult as those robins), and many other birders were never able to find them! Still, it would have been nice to have more time to look for other birds missing from our list – things like geese, cranes, thrashers, and sparrows at Whitewater Draw and vicinity; tyrannulets, bushtits, Rufous-capped Warbler, Painted Redstart, and others at Madera and Florida canyons; and we could have used more time trying to improve the looks we had of Elegant Trogon (at The Gulch) and Black-capped Gnatcatcher (at Patagonia Lake).


Besides more time, we could have also used better weather on some days. Witness the 40-degree temperatures and steady rain as we tried to watch the feeders at Madera Canyon on Day 7, and it was again around 40 the next day at Florida Canyon as this time we faced snow/sleet showers, strong winds, and a swollen creek that precluded any access beyond the parking lot. And there were no thrashers to be heard on our two visits to those desert flats west of Phoenix as it was too cool and overcast for anything to sing.


Our final species total managed to reach an even 150 – as expected, given our retraints of time and weather, this was below our average for this trip (previous MBWeek totals here in winter have ranged between 158 and 170). Still, we had a long list of special and memorable birds in addition to those five rarities highlighted above. In all, we found 67 "non-Minnesota" birds, with probably the best of these including the Violet-crowned Hummingbird at Paton's, the flock of 22 Mountain Plovers right near the road and the Ferruginous Hawks at the Santa Cruz flats, both Whiskered and Western screech-owls on the same morning near Sierra Vista, a good variety of woodpeckers (especially Acorn, Red-naped Sapsucker, Arizona, and Gilded Flicker), Rosy-faced Lovebirds in Phoenix (Jeff's other lifer), both Hutton's and Plumbeous vireos, the five wren species at Boyce-Thompson, no fewer than three Crissal Thrashers, handsome Black-throated Gray Warblers, Canyon Towhees perched on our minivans' mirrors, an abundance of Abert's Towhees at Gilbert Water Ranch, side-by-side Sagebrush and Bell's sparrows at the thrasher flats, a striking Yellow-eyed Junco in the rain at Madera, and much more.


Itinerary


January 14: Arrival at PHX; late afternoon option to Kiwanis Park; dinner at Joe's Crab Shack and first of 2 nights in Tempe.


January 15: Thrasher flats @Salome Hwy & Baseline Rd, Estrella Mountain Park, Encanto Park, and Scottsdale Ranch Park; dinner at Claim Jumper.


January 16: Gilbert Water Ranch, Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, and Oak Flat campground; dinner at Red Estilo Mex and night in Casa Grande.


January 17: Santa Cruz flats (especially Evergreen Turf Farm and Baumgartner & Wheeler house), El Rio Open Space, and Reid Park; dinner at Cattletown and night in Tucson.


January 18: California Gulch (via Arivaca Rd, Ruby Rd, and Warsaw Canyon Rd), Paton's feeders in Patagonia; dinner at Steak Out and night in Sierra Vista.


January 19: Pre-dawn owling in Miller Canyon, San Pedro House, Sierra Vista WTP, return to Paton's feeders, Patagonia Lake State Park, and Amado sewage ponds; dinner at Cow Palace and first of 2 nights in Tucson.


January 20: Tumacacori part of de Anza Trail, Tubac portion of de Anza Trail, and Madera Canyon; late lunch/early dinner at Cow Palace.  


January 21: Return to de Anza Trail @Clark Crossing Rd area, Florida Canyon, Saguaro Nat'l Park West, Mile Wide Rd, and return to Baumgartner & Wheeler; dinner at Carlito's and final night in Tempe.


January 22: Morning option to Salome Hwy & Baseline Rd, and return flights home from PHX.


Bird List


• boldface type = "non-Minnesota" birds (i.e., those absent, Accidental, or Casual in MN)


Canada Goose

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Cinnamon Teal (dozens at Patagonia Lake S.P.)

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Bufflehead

Common Merganser

Ruddy Duck


Gambel's Quail


Wild Turkey


Pied-billed Grebe

Eared Grebe


Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Inca Dove

Common Ground-Dove

Ruddy Ground-Dove (a great consolation prize on Day 4!)

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove


Greater Roadrunner


Magnificent Hummingbird (briefly in the rain at Madera)

Anna's Hummingbird (ubiquitous)

Violet-crowned Hummingbird (a juvenile at Paton's)


Virginia Rail

Sora

American Coot


Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet


Killdeer

Mountain Plover (close views at the turf farm)


Long-billed Curlew (along Baseline Rd on Day 9)

Least Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs


Neotropic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant


Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron


Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Harris's Hawk (near Florence Jct)

Red-tailed Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk


Western Screech-Owl (roosting at San Pedro House)

Whiskered Screech-Owl (almost too easy to see at Miller Canyon)

Great Horned Owl

Burrowing Owl (along Jackrabbit Tr on Day 2)


Elegant Trogon (briefly at The Gulch; also heard at Patgonia Lake)


Belted Kingfisher


Acorn Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

Red-naped Sapsucker (Paton's)

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker (also in the rain at Madera)

Northern Flicker

Gilded Flicker (Mile Wide Rd on Day 8; also briefly in Scottsdale)


Crested Caracara

American Kestrel

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Prairie Falcon


Rosy-faced Lovebird (Encanto Park)


Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher (needed better looks)

Gray Flycatcher (easy to ID when tail-dipping)

Black Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Nutting's Flycatcher (at The Gulch!)


Rose-throated Becard (de Anza Trail!)


Loggerhead Shrike


Hutton's Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo


Mexican Jay

Chihuahuan Raven (especially in Sierra Vista)

Common Raven


Horned Lark


Northern Rough-winged Swallow


Bridled Titmouse


Verdin


White-breasted Nuthatch


Rock Wren

Canyon Wren

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Bewick's Wren

Cactus Wren


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher (2 less-than-cooperative birds at Patgonia Lake)


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Western Bluebird

Hermit Thrush


Curve-billed Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher (a total of 3)

Sage Thrasher (1 near the turf farm)

Northern Mockingbird


European Starling


Phainopepla (finally on Day 8)


House Sparrow


American Pipit


House Finch

Lesser Goldfinch


Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler (de Anza Trail)


Green-tailed Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Canyon Towhee

Abert's Towhee (almost abundant at Gilbert Water Ranch)

Rufous-winged Sparrow (in the snow/sleet at Florida Canyon)

Chipping Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow (briefly by a few on Day 2)

Lark Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Sagebrush Sparrow

Bell's Sparrow (with Sagebrush Sparrows on Day 2)

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco (incl Pink-sided, Oregon, and Gray-headed forms)

Yellow-eyed Junco (also in the rain at Madera)


Hepatic Tanager (male seen by a few on the de Anza Trail)

Northern Cardinal

Pyrrhuloxia

Lazuli Bunting (Paton's)


Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark (the "Lillian's" subspecies)

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Bronzed Cowbird (Amado sewage ponds)




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Ruddy Ground-Dove, Gilbert Water Ranch, 2011

Mountain Plover, Evergreen sod farm, 2017 (Jeff Stephenson photo)

Elegant Trogon, Patagonia Lake State Park, 2014

Rosy-faced Lovebird, Encanto Park, 2012

Nutting's Flycatcher, California Gulch, 2017 (Lynn Glesne photo)

Rose-throated Becard, de Anza Trail, 2017 (Jay Vancura photo)

Bridled Titmouse, Madera Canyon, 2012 (Vija Kelly photo)

Western Bluebird, 2017 (Jeff Stephenson photo)

Rufous-backed Robin, Anthem, 2012 (Vija Kelly photo)

Le Conte’s Thrasher, Baseline Road flats, 2011

Black-throated Gray Warbler, de Anza Trail, 2017 (Lynn Glesne photo)

Green-tailed Towhee, San Pedro House, 2017 (Jeff Stephenson photo)

Bell's Sparrow, Baseline Road flats, 2017 (Jay Vancura photo)

Bendire's Thrasher, Baseline Road flats, 2014



Rufous-capped Warbler, Florida Canyon, 2014

Whiskered Screech-Owl, Miller Canyon, 2014 (David Luth photo)

Arizona Woodpecker, Madera Canyon, 2011

Crissal Thrasher, Estrella Mountain Park, 2014

Ferruginous Hawk, Buckeye, 2012

Gila Woodpecker, Gilbert Water Ranch, 2011

Hutton's Vireo, Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, 2011

Cactus Wren, Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, 2014

Lawrence's Goldfinch, Gilbert Water Ranch, 2012

Rufous-winged Sparrow, Florida Canyon, 2014

Gilded Flicker, Gates Pass, 2014

Hepatic Tanager, Madera Canyon, 2014