Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

April 12, 2009

Bird walk Report

Filed under: Birds, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, favorite places, Non Birds — richditch @ 7:56 pm
Lesser Goldfinch, Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Lesser Goldfinch, Boyce Thompson Arboretum

It was a very nice morning at Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, AZ. As I posted yesterday I was scheduled to lead today’s bird walk. There were thirteen participants – a bit of a surprise for Easter Sunday. With that many people I couldn’t be bothered with my camera gear, so the two images with this entry are from previous solo visit to Boyce.

We walked the complete loop trail, plus spent time in the Demonstration Garden, covering a couple of miles and some noticeable elevation changes in our three hours.

Weather was as close to perfect as we get, with mild temperatures, clear skies, and occasional breezes with low humidity.

Birds were abundant and many were easy to see – a real treat for everybody. I just wish I’d had my camera gear handy for many of the opportunities we had.

Birds seen (in the order encountered): Cactus Wren, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal (abundant and always a crowd pleaser), Bell’s Vireo (vocalizing everywhere), Lesser Goldfinch (including a nest along the trail just outside the Visitor Center), Inca Dove, House Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Verdin, Yellow Warbler, Costa’s Hummingbird (more than I’ve seen before at Boyce), House Finch, Cooper’s Hawk (male and female in aerial courtship maneuvers), Anna’s Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Gambel’s Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Hooded Oriole, Vermilion Flycatcher, Yellow-rumped Warbler (good numbers in variable plumage), Broad-tailed Hummingbird, empidonax flycatcher (two of them, likely Hammond’s or Dusky), White-crowned Sparrow, Black-crowned Night-Heron (a surprise at Ayer Lake), Great-tailed GRackle, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Yellowthroat, Black Phoebe (nesting at the gazebo), Rock Wren, Common Raven, Canyon Wren, Song Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Bewick’s Wren, Abert’s Towhee, and Brown-headed Cowbird (unfortunately).

Picket Post Mountain from Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Picket Post Mountain from Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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