Gila Valley, Buckeye, &
Yuma Territorial Prison 

Feb 24, 2001, Cold morning, nice afternoon, 40-65 degrees
Paul Sherrell, Henry Detwiler

A trip to find both LeConte's & Bendire's Thrashers for Paul, which we did!  And on the way, we found lots of others.
83 species total

We arrived east of Tacna around 7:15, and was it ever COLD for this Yuma boy.  Our first stop turned up two Loggerhead Shrikes and a bird faintly singing off in the distance.  We worked our way over towards it, but finally concluded it was a Northern Mockingbird at the distant farm house.  


LeConte's Thrasher
  

So off we went another half mile down the road.  With gloves and hat we braved the frigid morning air and tried again.  This time we were greeted by two LeConte's Thrashers singing on top of a bush. 

I hustled back to the truck to get my scope and camera, but by the time I returned there was only one bird still up in the bush.
LeConte's Thrasher

LeConte's Thrasher
We watched the bird for a while, and I was able to approach it quite closely, before it finally decided that I had taken enough photos.
 

 


LeConte's Thrasher


Bendire's Thrasher
Since it was still early, we decided to drive north of Gila Bend to go for the Bendire's, too. 
As luck would have it, we found three accommodating Bendire's Thrashers at the intersection of Buckeye Road and the Salome Highway.
Bendire's Thrasher

 


White-faced Ibis at Territorial Prison
We birded our way back home, with a final stop at the pond next to the Yuma Territorial Prison, where thousands of White-faced Ibis were wheeling around.

Paul and I watched the Ibis through our binoculars and scopes, as they landed, took off, wheeled around, and landed again.  It was a fantastic sight!


Paul Sherril at Territorial Marsh

Hooded Merganser
An extra treat was the small flock of Hooded Mergansers, a very rare bird in our parts!  A wonderful ending to a fantastic day.
 
# Species Name
1 Eared Grebe
2 Pied-Billed Grebe
3 Double-Crested Cormorant
4 Great Egret
5 Great Blue Heron
6 Cattle Egret
7 White-Faced Ibis
8 Green-Winged Teal
9 Canada Goose
10 Lesser Scaup
11 Common Goldeneye
12 American Wigeon
13 Ring-Necked Duck
14 Northern Pintail
15 Redhead
16 Northern Shoveler
17 Ruddy Duck
18 Bufflehead
19 Hooded Merganser
20 Gadwall
21 Cinnamon Teal
22 American Coot
23 Killdeer
24 Spotted Sandpiper
25 Least Sandpiper
26 Greater Yellowlegs
27 Turkey Vulture
28 Osprey
29 Red-Tailed Hawk
30 Northern Harrier
31 American Kestrel
32 Gambel's Quail
33 Mourning Dove
34 Rock Dove
35 Greater Roadrunner
36 Anna's Hummingbird
37 Belted Kingfisher
38 Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
39 Northern Flicker
40 Black Phoebe
 
# Species Name
41 Say's Phoebe
42 Horned Lark
43 Barn Swallow
44 Tree Swallow
45 Violet-Green Swallow
46 Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
47 Common Raven
48 Verdin
49 Marsh Wren
50 Cactus Wren
51 Mountain Bluebird
52 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
53 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
54 Western Bluebird
55 Loggerhead Shrike
56 Bendire's Thrasher
57 Northern Mockingbird
58 Leconte's Thrasher
59 Phainopepla
60 European Starling
61 Common Yellowthroat
62 Yellow-Rumped Warbler
63 Western Meadowlark
64 Vesper Sparrow
65 Great-Tailed Grackle
66 Red-Winged Blackbird
67 Yellow-Headed Blackbird
68 Brown-Headed Cowbird
69 House Sparrow
70 White-Crowned Sparrow
71 Abert's Towhee
72 Dark-Eyed Junco
73 Black-Throated Sparrow
74 Sage Sparrow
75 Savannah Sparrow
76 Song Sparrow
77 Lark Bunting
78 Lark Sparrow
79 House Finch
80 Cardinal
 


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