Yuma Territorial Prison,
Colorado River

Oct 7, 2001: nice morning, 90s in the afternoon, scattered thunderstorms

Bob Miller and I tried once again to break the 100 species mark in the immediate Yuma area, but we called it a day at 5:00PM with only 87 to our names!  (list follows at end page)

Photos coming soon--I didn't take my digital camera, only my Canon, so I've got to wait for the slides to come back!
    
We started out a little after sunrise at the marsh below the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park.  Favorable water levels gave us an opportunity to view LEAST & WESTERN Sandpipers, AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS.  At the picnic area we witnessed a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD repeatedly chasing a CRISSAL THRASHER.  First around a palm tree and then around and through a creosote bush!  As we were leaving we got fine looks at a COOPER'S HAWK surveying the area--looking over the menu.

From the Colorado River Levee we saw a flooded field in the distance that had quite a few sandpipers.  The route we took to it was highly circuitous, but it enabled us to add a striking RING-NECKED PHEASANT and our first FERRUGINOUS HAWK of the season.  Once we made it to the field we got great looks at three BAIRD'S and two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.  And in the surrounding fields was a spectacle of TREE and BARN SWALLOWS numbering into the thousands.  

   

Vermilion Flycatcher
Gila Gravity Canal
    

BREWER'S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS have returned in force, and we saw many of each.  At West Pond we flushed an AMERICAN BITTERN, an outstanding bird for the Yuma area.  We also found two WILSON'S and one BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER--south-bound stragglers among the hundreds of returning YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS have also returned for the winter, and we saw three over the course of the day, along with a pair of lingering WESTERN KINGBIRDS.  Below the feed for the Gila Gravity Canal was an early female GOLDENEYE--one of our very few duck species.  We eyed each other as we ate our lunch of sandwiches.

Later in the afternoon we marveled as a kettle of 70 TURKEY VULTURES spiraled and soared against a backdrop of massive rolling thunderheads.  Although we missed a lot of common species, we found some really great birds for the Yuma area--a most excellent day!

 
# Species Name
1 Western Grebe
2 Eared Grebe
3 Pied-billed Grebe
4 Clark's Grebe
5 Double-crested Cormorant
6 Green Heron
7 Snowy Egret
8 Great Blue Heron
9 Great Egret
10 Cattle Egret
11 American Bittern
12 Cinnamon Teal
13 Common Goldeneye
14 Lesser Scaup
15 Mallard
16 Ring-necked Duck
17 Ruddy Duck
18 American Wigeon
19 American Coot
20 Sora
21 Common Moorhen
22 Virginia Rail
23 Black-necked Stilt
24 American Avocet
25 Killdeer
26 Pectoral Sandpiper
27 Spotted Sandpiper
28 Long-billed Dowitcher
29 Least Sandpiper
30 Greater Yellowlegs
31 Western Sandpiper
32 Baird's Sandpiper
33 Turkey Vulture
34 Cooper's Hawk
35 Ferruginous Hawk
36 Northern Harrier
37 Osprey
38 Red-tailed Hawk
39 Sharp-shinned Hawk
40 American Kestrel
41 Gambel's Quail
42 Ring-necked Pheasant
43 Mourning Dove
 
 
# Species Name
44 Inca Dove
45 Rock Dove
46 Common Ground-Dove
47 Greater Roadrunner
48 Anna's Hummingbird
49 Costa's Hummingbird
50 Belted Kingfisher
51 Gila Woodpecker
52 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
53 Black Phoebe
54 Vermillion Flycatcher
55 Say's Phoebe
56 Western Kingbird
57 Horned Lark
58 Barn Swallow
59 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
60 Tree Swallow
61 Cactus Wren
62 House Wren
63 Marsh Wren
64 Rock Wren
65 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
66 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
67 Loggerhead Shrike
68 Crissal Thrasher
69 Northern Mockingbird
70 American Pipit
71 Phainopepla
72 European Starling
73 Yellow-rumped Warbler
74 Common Yellowthroat
75 Orange-crowned Warbler
76 Black-throated Gray Warbler
77 Wilson's Warbler
78 Great-tailed Grackle
79 Red-winged Blackbird
80 Western Meadowlark
81 House Sparrow
82 Chipping Sparrow
83 Song Sparrow
84 White-crowned Sparrow
85 Brewer's Sparrow
86 Lesser Goldfinch
87 House Finch


Photos Henry D. Detwiler