Vermilion Flycatcher 


Yuma - Phoenix
Apr 4-8, 2002 - 70-88 degrees
- Henry Detwiler

Once again, on the way to and from Luke AFB, during lunch hours, and after work, I went exploring and snapped some bird photos.  
species (list follows at end of page)

Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots.

Mittry Lake, although slightly out of my way, was my first stop.  I wanted to hear some rails, and before too long I had lots of Virginias, one Clapper, and two Black Rails.  A nice bonus was a calling Least Bittern.  

Not much time for birding after work on Thursday, but I was fortunate to get pretty close to this Horned Lark.

Horned Lark

Male & Female Cinnamon Teal

Female Red-winged Blackbird 

The Gila River next to Estrella Mountain Park provided some nice photo opportunities on Saturday after work.  Most ducks had departed, but there were still plenty of teal & mallards.  The blackbirds were showing off, but I couldn't get any males to pose long enough for a photo.
Yellow-rumped Warblers were in their finest breeding colors.  Other nice birds were a singing Vermilion Flycatcher (at top of page) and a hungry Western Kingbird.      

Yellow-rumped Warble


Western Kingbird 


Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

On Sunday I found a wet grassy field with Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallards, Black-necked Stilts, and a Solitary Sandpiper.  And along the canal were two Burrowing Owls.


Phoenix Sunset --
flooded field off 99th Ave close to the Gila River


Brewer's Sparrows

Brewer's and Black-throated Sparrow drinking at a water hole


Black-throated Sparrow

On the way back to Yuma I stopped at Robin's Butte Wildlife Area (close to Buckeye) and found these sparrows at a drying pond.

The Brewer's Sparrows were singing up a storm, but the lone Black-throated Sparrow was silent.  Also at this AZ Fish & Game site was a Prairie Falcon and a coyote.  The palo verdes and mesquites were very green, in marked contrast to the dry desert underbrush.

Brewer's Sparrow


Palo Verde in bloom along the Gila River

Yellow-rumped Warbler 

Yuma - Phoenix, 4-8 Apr 2002
# Species
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Western Grebe
3 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Green Heron
5 Least Bittern
6 Great Blue Heron
7 Great Egret
8 Cattle Egret
9 Black-crowned Night Heron
10 Snowy Egret
11 White-faced Ibis
12 Black-bellied Whistling Duck
13 Redhead
14 Northern Shoveler
15 Ruddy Duck
16 Ring-necked Duck
17 Mallard
18 Lesser Scaup
19 Cinnamon Teal
20 American Wigeon
21 Green-winged Teal
22 American Coot
23 Virginia Rail
24 Black Rail
25 Clapper Rail
26 Common Moorhen
27 Black-necked Stilt
28 American Avocet
29 Killdeer
30 Common Snipe
31 Greater Yellowlegs
32 Least Sandpiper
33 Solitary Sandpiper
34 Spotted Sandpiper
35 Caspian Tern
36 Turkey Vulture
37 Northern Harrier
38 Sharp-shinned Hawk
39 Osprey
40 Swainson's Hawk
41 Cooper's Hawk
42 Red-tailed Hawk
43 American Kestrel
44 Prairie Falcon
45 Gambel's Quail
46 Inca Dove
47 Mourning Dove
48 Rock Dove
49 Burrowing Owl
50 Great Horned Owl
51 Costa's Hummingbird
52 Black-chinned Hummingbird


# Species
53 Anna's Hummingbird
54 Belted Kingfisher
55 Gila Woodpecker
56 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
57 Northern Flicker
58 Gilded Flicker
59 Pacific Slope Flycatcher
60 Say's Phoebe
61 Ash-throated Flycatcher
62 Black Phoebe
63 Vermilion Flycatcher
64 Western Kingbird
65 Horned Lark
66 Cliff Swallow
67 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
68 Common Raven
69 Verdin
70 Cactus Wren
71 Marsh Wren
72 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
73 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
74 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
75 Loggerhead Shrike
76 Curve-billed Thrasher
77 Northern Mockingbird
78 American Pipit
79 Phainopepla
80 European Starling
81 Lucy's Warbler
82 Wilson's Warbler
83 Orange-crowned Warbler
84 Yellow-rumped Warbler
85 Common Yellowthroat
86 Yellow-headed Blackbird
87 Brown-headed Cowbird
88 Great-tailed Grackle
89 Bullock's Oriole
90 Brewer's Blackbird
91 Western Meadowlark
92 Red-winged Blackbird
93 House Sparrow
94 Lark Sparrow
95 White-crowned Sparrow
96 Savannah Sparrow
97 Black-throated Sparrow
98 Lincoln's Sparrow
99 Brewer's Sparrow
100 Green-tailed Towhee
101 Abert's Towhee
102 Song Sparrow
103 Lesser Goldfinch
104 House Finch

Photos Henry D. Detwiler