Territorial Prison Marsh


Yuma - Territorial Prison, Mittry Lake, Colorado R.
Oct 26, 2001 - 75-90 degrees

A fine birding tour with Yen and Rosia Pan around Yuma.  
87 species (list follows at end of page)

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We arrived at the Yuma Territorial Prison Marsh just as the sun was beginning to rise.  Marsh Wrens were the first to serenade us, but soon other birds joined in on the chorus.

Rosia and Yen   

Before long we had picked up Least & Spotted Sandpipers, a flock of Long-billed Dowitchers, Black Phoebes, White-faced Ibis, several dove species, yellowthroats, and a Clapper Rail.
At Betty's Kitchen we saw Black-tailed and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, the first of many Yellow-rumped Warblers, and several Loggerhead Shrikes.  We watched a Sharp-shinned Hawk make a pass at a flock of Yellow-rumps, and fly away empty-clawed.  Yen & Rosia were happy to get fine views of a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.


Loggerhead Shrike


female Gambel's Quail

North of Betty's Kitchen we got the first of many quail for the day, plus our first really good bird, a Fox Sparrow.
As we drove along Mittry Lake we stopped at the overlook and called out both Virginia Rail and Sora.  Farther north, as we drove the levee road bordering the Gila Gravity Canal, we got our bird of the day--a striking male American Redstart. 


Say's Phoebe


Wind-blown Loggerhead Shrike

At the Hidden Shores RV Resort golf course, we watched a beautiful male Vermilion Flycatcher, a Say's Phoebe, and several Black Phoebes.  And we spied yet another good bird, a Red-naped Sapsucker.  

While looking at Common Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs, and Least Sandpipers below the Gila Gravity Canal headworks, I got a glimpse of a Least Bitten before it dove for cover.  At West Pond was a small flock of Red-breasted Mergansers and several duck species.

Gila Woodpecker

Our last good birds for the day were at Senator Wash, where we were surprised to find a flock of 6 Snow Geese and 24 Common Loons.  A fine end to a great day of birding!

Yuma Area, 26 Oct 2001
# Species Name
1 Common Loon
2 Clark's Grebe
3 Pied-Billed Grebe
4 Western Grebe
5 Double-crested Cormorant
6 Least Bittern
7 Snowy Egret
8 Great Egret
9 Cattle Egret
10 Great Blue Heron
11 White-faced Ibis
12 Northern Pintail
13 Lesser Scaup
14 Redhead
15 Ring-Necked Duck
16 Ruddy Duck
17 Red-Breasted Merganser
18 Mallard
19 American Wigeon
20 Northern Shoveler
21 Snow Goose
22 Cinnamon Teal
23 Virginia Rail
24 Common Moorhen
25 Sora
26 Clapper Rail
27 American Coot
28 Killdeer
29 Greater Yellowlegs
30 Spotted Sandpiper
31 Least Sandpiper
32 Common Snipe
33 Whimbrel
34 Long-Billed Dowitcher
35 Turkey Vulture
36 Cooper's Hawk
37 Sharp-Shinned Hawk
38 Northern Harrier
39 Osprey
40 Red-Tailed Hawk
41 American Kestrel
42 Gambel's Quail
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 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
52 Northern Flicker
53 Gila Woodpecker
54 Red-Naped Sapsucker
55 Black Phoebe
56 Say's Phoebe
57 Vermilion Flycatcher
58 Rough-winged Swallow
59 Tree Swallow
60 Barn Swallow
61 Verdin
62 House Wren
63 Marsh Wren
64 Rock Wren
65 Cactus Wren
66 Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher
67 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
68 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
69 Loggerhead Shrike
70 Northern Mockingbird
71 Phainopepla
72 European Starling
73 Common Yellowthroat
74 Orange-crowned Warbler
75 American Redstart
76 Yellow-rumped Warbler
77 Great-tailed Grackle
78 Red-Winged Blackbird
79 Yellow-headed Blackbird
80 House Sparrow
81 House Finch
82 Fox Sparrow
83 Abert's Towhee
84 Brewer's Sparrow
85 Savannah Sparrow
86 Song Sparrow
87 White-crowned Sparrow

Photos Henry D. Detwiler