White-faced Ibis


Southern Arizona
Apr 25-28, 2003, Outstanding weather!
- narrated by Henry Detwiler

A wonderful 4-day round trip from Yuma to Portal.  Excellent weather, birds, & the company of Chuck & Diane Gooding in the Chiricahua Mountains.
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FRIDAY, 25 May

Western Tanager

I started out at the Yuma Territorial Prison Historical Park, where the fruiting mulberry tree yielded 18 species in the first half hour!  Elsewhere in the park were Vaux's Swifts, Bronzed Cowbird, and a few waders along the Colorado River.

Several stops & many hours later at Sweetwater Ponds in Tucson I found the Least Grebe in the western-most pond.  I also observed several active nests: Verdin; Mourning Dove; Curve-billed Thrasher; and this Gila Woodpecker.
Gila Woodpecker in a Saguaro

American Avocet (digiscoped)

American Avocets at Wilcox (Canon D10)
At Cochise Lake in Wilcox, numerous shorebirds and ducks provided a real treat, and gave me yet more chances to try out my new Canon D-10.  Avocets were in breeding plumage, as were many of the peeps.

White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis were sporting the "white" trim on their faces.  Before I headed back into town, I saw a couple of Scaled Quail next to the clubhouse.

The next morning I met Diane and Chuck at their cabin in Portal, and we started our weekend of birding together.
Diane and Chuck Gooding
Pine Siskins were abundant at the many feeders in Portal and Paradise.  Other common feeder birds were sparrows, orioles, grosbeaks, and finches.  We spent the afternoon in the high mountains, where we found Mexican Chickadees, Grace's & Olive Warblers, and all three nuthatches.

SUNDAY, 27 May

Elegant Trogon

Coues' Whitetail Deer

Along Cave Creek we first heard, and then saw this beautiful Elegant Trogon.  It was still perched there when we left fifteen minutes later, having taken many photos and admired it.  These tiny Coues' deer were constant companions on our trip.

Green-tailed Towhee

Acorn Woodpecker

At Dave Jasper's place we watched Green-tailed Towhees, Chipping & White-crowned Sparrows, and Gambel's Quail compete with the ground squirrels for food.  At the Southwestern Research Station this Acorn Woodpecker was more concerned with getting a good meal than my presence (notice the tongue plunging into the feeder).  Back in Portal we ended the day with a gorgeous life bird for Chuck--a Hooded Oriole coming to one of the hummingbird feeders in the Jensen's yard! 

MONDAY, 28 May

Banded Rock Rattlesnake
On Monday morning I hiked up Scheelite Canyon in search of the Spotted Owls.  Couldn't find 'em, but I did almost step on this Banded Rock Rattlesnake as I was chasing a Canyon Wren.  In Garden Canyon the Yellow-eyed Juncos were fearless, almost walking over my feet in search of tasty seeds.

Yellow-eyed Junco

Huachuca's Flower

Zone-tailed Hawk

The next stop was at the Paton's and the Patagonia-Sonoita Preserve.  The Preserve was closed (Mon & Tue), but I saw this Zone-tailed Hawk from the road, close to its nest on Circle Z property.  It was getting late by then, so I called it a day and headed home to Yuma, already looking forward to my next trip!

Southern Arizona, 25-28 Apr 2003
# Species
1 Least Grebe
2 Pied-billed Grebe
3 Eared Grebe
4 Double-crested Cormorant
5 Great Blue Heron
6 Great Egret
7 Snowy Egret
8 Cattle Egret
9 Black-crowned Night Heron
10 White-faced Ibis
11 Gadwall
12 American Wigeon
13 Mallard
14 Cinnamon Teal
15 Northern Shoveler
16 Northern Pintail
17 Green-winged Teal
18 Lesser Scaup
19 Ruddy Duck
20 Northern Harrier
21 Cooper's Hawk
22 Harris' Hawk
23 Gray Hawk
24 Zone-tailed Hawk
25 Red-tailed Hawk
26 American Kestrel
27 Prairie Falcon
28 Gambel's Quail
29 Common Moorhen
30 American Coot
31 Semipalmated Plover
32 Killdeer
33 American Avocet
34 Greater Yellowlegs
35 Lesser Yellowlegs
36 Solitary Sandpiper
37 Willet
38 Spotted Sandpiper
39 Western Sandpiper
40 Least Sandpiper
41 Long-billed Dowitcher
42 Wilson's Phalarope
43 Turkey Vulture
44 Black Vulture
45 Ring-billed Gull
46 Rock Dove
47 Band-tailed Pigeon
48 White-winged Dove
49 Mourning Dove
50 Inca Dove
51 Common Ground-Dove
52 Greater Roadrunner
53 Western Screech Owl
54 Whiskered Screech Owl
55 Burrowing Owl
56 Lesser Nighthawk
57 Whip-poor-will
58 Vaux's Swift
59 White-throated Swift
60 Magnificent Hummingbird
61 Broad-billed Hummingbird
62 Violet-crowned Hummingbrd
63 Blue-throated Hummingbird
64 Black-chinned Hummingbird
65 Anna's Hummingbird
66 Broad-tailed Hummingbird
67 Rufous Hummingbird
68 Elegant Trogon
69 Belted Kingfisher
70 Arizona Woodpecker
71 Acorn Woodpecker
72 Gila Woodpecker
73 Hairy Woodpecker
74 Northern Flicker
75 Gilded Flicker
76 Buff-breasted Flycatcher
77 Greater Pewee
78 Western Wood Pewee
79 Dusky Flycatcher
80 Black Phoebe
81 Say's Phoebe
82 Vermilion Flycatcher
83 Dusky-capped Flycatcher
84 Ash-throated Flycatcher
85 Brown-crested Flycatcher
86 Cassin's Kingbird
87 Western Kingbird
88 Loggerhead Shrike
89 Bell's Vireo
90 Plumbeous Vireo
# Species
91 Cassin's Vireo
92 Hutton's Vireo
93 Warbling Vireo
94 Stellar's Jay
95 Western Scrub Jay
96 Mexican Jay
97 Common Raven
98 Chihuahuan Raven
99 Horned Lark
100 Purple Martin
101 Violet-green Swallow
102 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
103 Cliff Swallow
104 Barn Swallow
105 Mexican Chickadee
106 Juniper Titmouse
107 Bridled Titmouse
108 Verdin
109 Bushtit
110 Red-breasted Nuthatch
111 White-breasted Nuthatch
112 Pygmy Nuthatch
113 Brown Creeper
114 Cactus Wren
115 Canyon Wren
116 Bewick's Wren
117 House Wren
118 Marsh Wren
119 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
120 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
121 Hermit Thrush
122 American Robin
123 Northern Mockingbird
124 Curve-billed Thrasher
125 European Starling
126 Cedar Waxwing
127 Phainopepla
128 Orange-crowned Warbler
129 Common Yellowthroat
130 Yellow-rumped Warbler
131 Yellow-breasted Chat
132 Yellow Warbler
133 Painted Redstart
134 Black-throated Gray Warbler
135 Wilson's Warbler
136 Virginia's Warbler
137 Nashville Warbler
138 Lucy's Warbler
139 Grace's Warbler
140 Red-faced Warbler
141 Hepatic Tanager
142 Western Tanager
143 Green-tailed Towhee
144 Spotted Towhee
145 Canyon Towhee
146 Abert's Towhee
147 Chipping Sparrow
148 Brewer's Sparrow
149 Vesper Sparrow
150 Lark Sparrow
151 Black-throated Sparrow
152 Lark Bunting
153 Savannah Sparrow
154 Song Sparrow
155 Lincoln's Sparrow
156 White-crowned Sparrow
157 Golden-crowned Sparrow
158 Dark-eyed Junco
159 Yellow-eyed Junco
160 Cardinal
161 Pyrrhuloxia
162 Black-headed Grosbeak
163 Lazuli Bunting
164 Red-winged Blackbird
165 Scott's Oriole
166 Eastern Meadowlark
167 Yellow-headed Blackbird
168 Brewer's Blackbird
169 Great-tailed Grackle
170 Bronzed Cowbird
171 Brown-headed Cowbird
172 Hooded Oriole
173 Bullock's Oriole
174 Cassin's Finch
175 House Finch
176 Pine Siskin
177 Lesser Goldfinch
178 American Goldfinch
179 House Sparrow
180 Scaled Quail

Photos Henry D. Detwiler