Anna's Hummingbird - Hassayampa Preserve


Lower Camp Creek, Hassayampa, Phoenix Area
Mar 29-31, 2002 - 68-85 degrees
- Henry D. Detwiler

In the Tonto National Forest and at the Hassayampa Nature Conservancy Preserve, we saw lots of our fine feathered friends. 
species (list follows at end of page)

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Suzanne and I left Yuma on Friday morning (29 Mar 2002), with our first stop being the rookery off Painted Rock Road. Some of the egrets and cormorants are on nests, Wilson's Warblers were everywhere, and for the first time at this spot we had a Vermilion Flycatcher.

Tom & Suzanne at Camp Creek
Early Saturday morning we met Tom Harbin and drove to Rackensack Gulch and Lower Camp Creek. The place was alive--some of our finds were singing Lucy's Warblers, a cooperative Virginia's Warbler, an uncooperative Painted Redstart, Hermit Thrushes, many Townsend's Solitaires, singing wrens (Bewick's, Cactus, Rock & Canyon), singing Black-chinned Sparrows, Green-tailed & Spotted Towhees, and wonderful eye-level looks at a Hooded Oriole.
    A local couple showed us an occupied Zone-tailed Hawk nest, which was a real treat.
    Unfortunately Bushnell Tanks was besieged by ATVers. Aside from a beautiful Scott's Oriole, we saw very little around Mt. Ord; as Steve and Mike have pointed out, it's very dry...

Zone-tailed Hawk tail -- all I could capture before it flew off


Least Sandpiper along the Verde River


Black Phoebe

Palm Trail at Hassayampa

On Sunday we returned to Yuma via Wickenburg and the Hassayampa Preserve. Ash-throated Flycatchers were in abundance, Yellow & Lucy's Warblers were singing, and we eventually got looks at a Red-shouldered Hawk in a dead snag. 

A Bell's Vireo was bursting with song on the Lion Trail, and Lincoln's Sparrows were feeding in the "river".   In front of the interpretive center were numerous feeders which played host to Anna's and Black-chinned Hummingbirds.  The flower garden attracted both hummingbirds and bees.     

Carpenter Bee on Penstemon

After lunch we drove up to and hiked in Palm Canyon, so Suzanne could see the California Fan Palms. At that time of day we were happy to find White-throated Swifts, Canyon Wren, both Costa's & Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, and a few desert regulars.

Palm Canyon

Palm grove high up in Palm Canyon

Lower Camp Creek - Hassayampa, 29-31 Mar 2002
# Species
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Black-crowned Night Heron
4 Cattle Egret
5 Great Egret
6 Great Blue Heron
7 Green Heron
8 Snowy Egret
9 Cinnamon Teal
10 Mallard
11 Northern Shoveler
12 Common Moorhen
13 American Coot
14 Killdeer
15 Greater Yellowlegs
16 Least Sandpiper
17 Turkey Vulture
18 Cooper's Hawk
19 Harris' Hawk
20 Northern Harrier
21 Red-shouldered Hawk
22 Red-tailed Hawk
23 Sharp-shinned Hawk
24 Zone-tailed Hawk
25 American Kestrel
26 Gambel's Quail
27 Rock Dove
28 Mourning Dove
29 Common Ground-Dove
30 Inca Dove
31 Greater Roadrunner
32 White-throated Swift
33 Anna's Hummingbird
34 Costa's Hummingbird
35 Black-chinned Hummingbird
36 Broad-tailed Hummingbird
37 Rufous Hummingbird
38 Belted Kingfisher
39 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
40 Northern Flicker
41 Gila Woodpecker
42 Say's Phoebe
43 Ash-throated Flycatcher
44 Black Phoebe
45 Dusky Flycatcher
46 Vermilion Flycatcher
47 Western Kingbird
48 Cassin's Kingbird
49 Cliff Swallow
50 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
51 Tree Swallow
52 Violet-green Swallow
53 Common Raven


# Species
54 Scrub Jay
55 Bridled Titmouse
56 Verdin
57 Bushtit
58 Bewick's Wren
59 Cactus Wren
60 Canyon Wren
61 Marsh Wren
62 Rock Wren
63 American Robin
64 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
65 Hermit Thrush
66 Townsend's Solitaire
67 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
68 Loggerhead Shrike
69 Curve-billed Thrasher
70 Northern Mockingbird
71 Phainopepla
72 European Starling
73 Bell's Vireo
74 Hutton's Vireo
75 Yellow Warbler
76 Painted Redstart
77 Yellow-rumped Warbler
78 Wilson's Warbler
79 Virginia's Warbler
80 Lucy's Warbler
81 Orange-crowned Warbler
82 Common Yellowthroat
83 Hooded Oriole
84 Scott's Oriole
85 Great-tailed Grackle
86 Red-winged Blackbird
87 Western Meadowlark
88 Brown-headed Cowbird
89 House Sparrow
90 Chipping Sparrow
91 White-crowned Sparrow
92 Song Sparrow
93 Savannah Sparrow
94 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
95 Dark-eyed Junco
96 Black-throated Sparrow
97 Black-chinned Sparrow
98 Lincoln's Sparrow
99 Brewer's Sparrow
100 Spotted Towhee
101 Green-tailed Towhee
102 Canyon Towhee
103 Abert's Towhee
104 Lark Sparrow
105 Cardinal
106 Lesser Goldfinch
107 House Finch

Photos Henry D. Detwiler