Area around Betty's Kitchen & south Mittry Lake
Dec 16, 2000
0700-1700, Sunny, 55-70 

The Christmas Bird Count! 
70 species total

It was just getting light when we started our count at Betty's Kitchen.  The search for birds along the riparian trail started out slowly, but as the sun warmed us and the birds up, they started moving around, chirping, and singing.

Say's Phoebe

Next we drove to the overlook above Mittry Lake, where we counted thousands of American Coots, a few dozen Western Grebes, and smaller numbers of assorted waterfowl.  We also tried to raise the Black Rails, but the only response was from a couple of Virginia's. 

Our next stop was at an old date ranch south of Betty's Kitchen.  I flushed a Barn Owl from a palm tree, and in a Mesquite we found a small flock of Western Bluebirds.

Say's Phoebe


We were fortunate to get excellent looks at an Eastern Phoebe in and around a Cottonwood nursery just north of Betty's Kitchen.  I never could get any photos of it, but there were obviously plenty of cooperative Say's Phoebes around.

In the desert hills east of Betty's Kitchen we saw and heard quite a few Rock Wrens and two Mountain Bluebirds.  We called it a day around 5:00PM.


# Species Name
1 Pied-Billed Grebe
2 Western Grebe
3 Double-Crested Cormorant
4 Great Blue Heron
5 Great Egret
6 Snowy Egret
7 Northern Pintail
8 Ruddy Duck
9 Ring-Necked Duck
10 Northern Shoveler
11 Mallard
12 Lesser Scaup
13 Gadwall
14 Common Goldeneye
15 Redhead
16 Canvasback
17 Bufflehead
18 American Wigeon
19 Green-Winged Teal
20 Virginia Rail
21 Common Gallinule
22 American Coot
23 Killdeer
24 Ring-Billed Gull
25 Forster's Tern
26 Cooper's Hawk
27 Osprey
28 Red-Tailed Hawk
29 American Kestrel
30 Gambel's Quail
31 Rock Dove
32 Common Ground Dove
33 Mourning Dove
34 Greater Roadrunner
35 Barn Owl


# Species Name
36 White-Throated Swift
37 Anna's Hummingbird
38 Belted Kingfisher
39 Gila Woodpecker
40 Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
41 Northern Flicker
42 Eastern Phoebe
43 Say's Phoebe
44 Black Phoebe
45 Tree Swallow
46 Rough-Winged Swallow
47 Verdin
48 Cactus Wren
49 House Wren
50 Marsh Wren
51 Rock Wren
52 Western Bluebird
53 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
54 Mountain Bluebird
55 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
56 Loggerhead Shrike
57 Northern Mockingbird
58 Phainopepla
59 European Starling
60 Yellow-Rumped Warbler
61 Common Yellowthroat
62 Orange-Crowned Warbler
63 Western Meadowlark
64 Red-Winged Blackbird
65 Great-Tailed Grackle
66 House Sparrow
67 White-Crowned Sparrow
68 Song Sparrow
69 Abert's Towhee
70 Savannah Sparrow



Photos Henry D. Detwiler