Female Northern Cardinal at Paton's


Southeast Arizona
Mar 28-30, 2003
- narrated by Henry Detwiler

Al & Helga, Jeff & Nancy, Suzanne & I, and two of the girls saw 11 species of hummers in three days!  
species total

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Mourning Dove at Sweetwater

We started out bright and early at Sweetwater Ponds in Tucson, finding a nice Hooded Oriole, but no Least Grebe.  Helga spotted this dove nesting in a saguaro close to the restrooms. Accross from the Continental Cafe at Green Valley, we picked up a beautiful male Pyrrhuloxia and several Rufuous-winged Sparrows.


Broad-billed Hummingbird, Santa Rita

After a late picnic lunch we headed up to Madera Canyon, where the hummingbirds, Scott's Orioles, titmice, and finches put on a show at the Santa Rita Lodge.  The evening's entertainment was provided by an Elf Owl that poked its head out of a telephone pole several times just before dark.

Magnificent Hummingbird
Santa Rita Lodge


Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Mrs. Paton's Yard

The next morning we drove over Box Canyon in a howling dust storm (where a Golden Eagle was hanging in the wind), and made our first stop of the day at Mrs. Paton's yard.  Cardinals, Bullock's Oriole, sparrows, finches, and a couple of Violet-crowned Hummingbirds put on a great show.


Patagonia Lake State Park
At Patagonia Lake SP we saw Lucy's & Yellow Warblers, a few more duck species, flycatchers, and the famous Black-capped Flycatcher (male) sitting upon its nest. Here's the whole crew peering in at the expectant father.

Several Vermilion Flycatchers were displaying over the meadow--a spectacular sight!  From here we drove over to the Huachucas, and to the B&B run by Mary Jo Cox.  She has set up a fabulous feeding station, and the long list of birds we saw attests to its success.

Vermilion Flycatcher
Patagonia Lake State Park

Acorn Woodpecker at Mary Jo's
Acorn & Arizona Woodpeckers, Bridled Titmice, orioles, cardinals, Pyrrhuloxia, sparrows, finches, siskins, and an armada of hummingbirds gorged themselves at the myriad feeders.  The best bird of the stop was undoubtedly the beautiful male Lucifer Hummingbird. Later, at the Beatty's, we added two more hummers:  Blue-throated and Calliope.  
On Sunday we spent about four hours at the wonderful Arizona-Desert Sonora Museum.  The animals were all active, so we enjoyed their antics.  Flowers & cacti were all blooming, and we spied wild birds from the grounds, too, such as a Black Vulture floating overhead.

Mountain Lion at Sonora Museum

Northern Caracaras, Sells

We took the long way home via Sells, and were rewarded by a group of five Northern Caracaras congregating around a dead cow east of town.  Then we spotted another two  of these scavengers west of Sells.  We didn't get back to Yuma until 10:00p.m.--a long but successful trip!

Southeast Arizona, 28-30 Mar 2003
# Species
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Eared Grebe
3 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Great Blue Heron
5 Great Egret
6 Cattle Egret
7 Green Heron
8 Black-crowned Night Heron
9 American Wigeon
10 Mallard
11 Blue-winged Teal
12 Cinnamon Teal
13 Northern Shoveler
14 Green-winged Teal
15 Lesser Scaup
16 Ruddy Duck
17 Northern Harrier
18 Cooper's Hawk
19 Harris' Hawk
20 Red-tailed Hawk
21 Golden Eagle
22 American Kestrel
23 Prairie Falcon
24 Gambel's Quail
25 Sora
26 Common Moorhen
27 American Coot
28 Killdeer
29 Black Vulture
30 Turkey Vulture
31 Ring-billed Gull
32 Northern Caracara
33 Rock Dove
34 White-winged Dove
35 Mourning Dove
36 Inca Dove
37 Greater Roadrunner
38 Elf Owl
39 White-throated Swift
40 Lucifer Hummingbird
41 Magnificent Hummingbird
42 Broad-billed Hummingbird
43 Violet-crowned Hummingbrd
44 Blue-throated Hummingbird
45 Black-chinned Hummingbird
46 Anna's Hummingbird
47 Costa's Hummingbird
48 Calliope Hummingbird
49 Broad-tailed Hummingbird
50 Rufous Hummingbird
51 Arizona Woodpecker
52 Acorn Woodpecker
53 Gila Woodpecker
54 Red-naped Sapsucker
55 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
56 Gilded Flicker
57 Greater Pewee
58 Dusky Flycatcher
59 Black Phoebe
60 Say's Phoebe
61 Vermilion Flycatcher
62 Ash-throated Flycatcher
63 Western Kingbird
# Species
64 N. Beardless Tyrannulet
65 Loggerhead Shrike
66 Bell's Vireo
67 Mexican Jay
68 Common Raven
69 Chihuahuan Raven
70 Violet-green Swallow
71 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
72 Cliff Swallow
73 Barn Swallow
74 Bridled Titmouse
75 Verdin
76 White-breasted Nuthatch
77 Brown Creeper
78 Cactus Wren
79 Bewick's Wren
80 Marsh Wren
81 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
82 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
83 Black-capped Gnatcatcher
84 Hermit Thrush
85 Northern Mockingbird
86 Curve-billed Thrasher
87 European Starling
88 Cedar Waxwing
89 Phainopepla
90 Yellow-rumped Warbler
91 Yellow Warbler
92 Orange-crowned Warbler
93 Lucy's Warbler
94 Common Yellowthroat
95 Black-throated Gray Warbler
96 Green-tailed Towhee
97 Spotted Towhee
98 Canyon Towhee
99 Abert's Towhee
100 Chipping Sparrow
101 Brewer's Sparrow
102 Vesper Sparrow
103 Lark Sparrow
104 Black-throated Sparrow
105 Savannah Sparrow
106 Song Sparrow
107 Lincoln's Sparrow
108 White-crowned Sparrow
109 Dark-eyed Junco
110 Yellow-eyed Junco
111 Cardinal
112 Pyrrhuloxia
113 Red-winged Blackbird
114 Western Meadowlark
115 Scott's Oriole
116 Yellow-headed Blackbird
117 Brewer's Blackbird
118 Great-tailed Grackle
119 Brown-headed Cowbird
120 Hooded Oriole
121 Bullock's Oriole
122 Cassin's Finch
123 House Finch
124 Pine Siskin
125 Lesser Goldfinch
126 American Goldfinch
127 House Sparrow

Photos Henry D. Detwiler