Birding in Arizona

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Birding in Arizona

Postby Dale » Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:18 pm

Ruth and I have had some limited birding to date here, but thought I would post a few of the noteable
birds we have encountered to date:

Rufous-winged Sparrow
Gila Woodpecker
White-eyed Vireo
Curve-billed Thrasher
White-winged Dove
Golden Eagle
Bridled Titmouse
Cactus Wren
Streak-backed Oriole Life Bird for Ruth and me
Gambel's Quail

Will post more as we get out a bit more.

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Re: Birding in Arizona

Postby TJW » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:43 pm

I'm glad Peterson's is now coast to coast birds , I usually get it out as soon as I see you posted Dale!!

Re: Birding in Arizona

Postby Pat B. » Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:02 am

Well I do have a sister who lives in Phoenix! I mean there are 9 life bird's on that short list!
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Re: Birding in Arizona

Postby TerryKikendall » Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:28 pm

Dale and Ruth,

And yet another congratulations on the Streak-backed Oriole. And whereabouts was this bird found?

Gambel's Quail are quaint little birds always seeming to be on the run. Hearing their call, Cactus Wren seem to be putting out the welcome mat for this infrequent visitor to the West. Good memories.

Getting more and more envious.

Safe trip and thanks for the memories,
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Re: Birding in Arizona

Postby Dale » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:21 pm

Thanks for the nice comments. For those who have not been to SE Arizona birding, it is a must !
Your first trip out here will give you many new life birds. But April/May is a much better time.

Terry, you are right about the "memories". We recall many each time we come this way. Curve-billed
Thrashers and Cactus Wrens call throughout the day, and feed regularly at our place along with Gambel's
Quail. Yesterday we took a short drive up to Madera Canyon and added several more trip birds to our

Mexican Scrub Jay
Yellow-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
var: Pink sided
Gray headed
But the bird we really enjoyed seeing was the Phainopepla's along the road in the mistletoe. What a
striking bird.
And speaking of striking birds, the Streak-backed Oriole is really amazing! Go to
and you can see pictures of the bird we located at Tubac, near the bridge. The gentleman standing
next to us took these photos. These were the great views of this bird from Mexico that we had.
Make sure to see all 16 that are posted. The last photo gives you a great look at the back. Enjoy.

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Re: Birding in Arizona

Postby Russ Emmons » Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:29 am

Excellent bright photos, beautiful bird! :)

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Re: Birding in Arizona

Postby Dale » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:56 pm

Another update with some noteable western birds:

Canyon Wren
Bewick's Wren
Nutting's Flycatcher Lifer for Ruth and me. Bill Williams NWR, Parker, AZ
Lark Bunting
Say's Phoebe
Bendire's Thrasher
Greater Roadrunner
Black-throated Sparrow
Gilded Flicker
Ladder backed Woodpecker

and on todays birding trip 3 coyotes and 1 beautiful bobcat up close!

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Re: Birding in Arizona

Postby TJW » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:20 pm

You guys are getting some good birds!!!!! And A Bobcat to boot!!!!!! Wow!!

Re: Birding in Arizona...Update

Postby Dale » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:14 pm

Give you one more update.....

Eastern Meadowlark "lilianae race"
Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker
Mountain Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Black Phoebe
Dusky Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Pacific Wren
Williamson's Sapsucker
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Abert's Towhee
Lazuli Bunting
Ferruginous Hawk

Weather remains steady in the low 70's. I hear you are having good weather also. That's great.

Until Later,

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Re: Birding in Arizona

Postby TJW » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:25 pm

They'd all be new birds for me! I like your " one more updates" !!


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