Yuma Territorial Prison,
Gila Gravity Canal

Sept 30, 2001, nice/warm weather

Just a quick survey of the Territorial Prison and an area south of Mittry Lake along the Gila Gravity Canal.

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An hour this morning at the Yuma Territorial Prison produced some nice birds, including LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKERS, ABERT'S TOWHEES, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and AVOCETS.

Mourning Dove
Later in the morning Suzanne and I went to a  very birdy neighborhood off of Ave 5 E and saw VERMILION FLYCATCHERS, lingering WESTERN KINGBIRDS, and several LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES.  With all the doves in this area (and at my feeder) you'd think we could find a Ruddy Ground Dove, but no luck yet! 

Along Ave 7 1/2 E., close to the Gila Gravity Canal we saw the best bird of the day, a HARRIS' HAWK.  A number of years ago a population was re-introduced along the Colorado River, and this is likely one of the few survivors. 

Harris Hawk, Gila Gravity Canal

Vermilion Flycatcher
Gila Gravity Canal
VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were also at this locale, as well as good numbers of SAY'S and BLACK PHOEBES.  Just south of here was the first WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW of the season.

Black Phoebe - Gila Gravity Canal

# Species Name
1 Pied-Billed Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Cattle Egret
4 Great Blue Heron
5 Great Egret
6 Snowy Egret
7 White-faced Ibis
8 Cinnamon Teal
9 American Coot
10 American Avocet
11 Black-Necked Stilt
12 Killdeer
13 Least Sandpiper
14 Long-Billed Dowitcher
15 Turkey Vulture
16 Harris' Hawk
17 Cooper's Hawk
18 American Kestrel
19 Gambel's Quail
20 Common Ground Dove
21 Mourning Dove
22 Inca Dove
23 Greater Roadrunner
24 Anna's Hummingbird
25 Gila Woodpecker
26 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
27 Black Phoebe
28 Say's Phoebe
29 Vermillion Flycatcher
30 Western Kingbird
31 Rough-winged Swallow
32 Tree Swallow
33 Bank Swallow
34 Verdin
35 Cactus Wren
36 Marsh Wren
37 Northern Mockingbird
38 European Starling
39 Orange-crowned Warbler
40 Great-tailed Grackle
41 Red-Winged Blackbird
42 House Sparrow
43 Lesser Goldfinch
44 House Finch
45 White-crowned Sparrow


Photos Henry D. Detwiler