Costa's Hummingbird


Yuma - Territorial Prison, ag areas south of town
Dec 3, 2001 - 45-60 degrees

A couple of hours birding and photographing at the Prison and south of town.  
species (list follows at end of page)

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Northern Flicker  

Back from two weeks in Costa Rica, 45 degrees was really chilly, but at least the sun was out.  Lots of birds were also enjoying the sun in the Yuma Territorial Prison park. This Northern Flicker let me approach fairly closely before flying off.  On the lawn were good numbers of Abert's Towhees and White-crowned Sparrows. 
Cactus Wrens were calling in the Yuma Territorial Prison Park, as were many other birds.

Cactus Wren

Anna's Hummingbird

Numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers and Anna's Hummingbirds, and lesser numbers of Orange-crowned Warblers were making good use of  the park's several Eucalyptus Trees.
Yuma's Gateway Park sits between the Yuma Crossing Park and the Territorial Prison, and provides another nice location to search for birds along the Colorado River.

Gateway Park

White-crowned Sparrow
South of Yuma I checked out Pat's bird sanctuary again, and found lots of feathered life.  Sparrows included White-crowned, Chipping, Brewer's, and a single Lincoln's.

Both Costa's and Anna's Hummingbirds were taking advantage of the fairy duster and other flowering shrubs.  In a nearby hedgerow a Sharp-shinned Hawk was flushed by an American Kestrel. 

Costa's Hummingbird

On the way back to town I stopped at a newly-planted alfalfa field and scanned through the dozens of pipits. I almost got a fine photo of a Ferruginous Hawk, but it flew away at the last minute.

American Pipit

Yuma Area, 3 Dec 2001
# Species Name
1 Pied-Billed Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Cattle Egret
4 Great Blue Heron
5 Gadwall
6 Killdeer
7 Turkey Vulture
8 Red-Tailed Hawk
9 Ferruginous Hawk
10 Sharp-Shinned Hawk
11 American Kestrel
12 Gambel's Quail
13 Mourning Dove
14 Rock Dove
15 Common Ground Dove
16 Inca Dove
17 Anna's Hummingbird
18 Costa's Hummingbird
19 Gila Woodpecker
20 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
21 Northern Flicker
22 Say's Phoebe


# Species Name
23 Black Phoebe
24 Common Raven
25 Verdin
26 Cactus Wren
27 Marsh Wren
28 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
29 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
30 Northern Mockingbird
31 American Pipit
32 European Starling
33 Orange-crowned Warbler
34 Yellow-rumped Warbler
35 Great-tailed Grackle
36 Red-Winged Blackbird
37 Western Meadowlark
38 House Sparrow
39 House Finch
40 Brewer's Sparrow
41 Chipping Sparrow
42 Lincoln's Sparrow
43 White-crowned Sparrow
44 Abert's Towhee


Photos Henry D. Detwiler