Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

February 14, 2010

Boyce Birdwalk Results

Filed under: Birds, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, favorite places — richditch @ 2:03 pm
Rufous-backed Robin

Rufous-backed Robin

It was a pleasant morning today at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where I led the bird walk for about 13 participants from 8:30 to 11:30 am. Temperatures were comfortable, and the winds that greeted us at 8:30 am soon died.

We only had 24 species – not the most I’ve had there on a walk, but not the least, either. We had excellent views of a very cooperative Ruby-crowned Kinglet in a tiny trailside bush, and it was too close for most people’s binoculars.

The real treat was seeing the pair of Rufous-backed Robins feeding together just off the main trail a bit east of the herb garden. I took this image of one of them on my last visit there on February 2 in the same area. This is only 25% of the total frame, so please forgive the lower than normal image quality resulting from the large crop and difficult backlighting.

Here’s my list of birds from this morning in the order encountered:

Verdin, Cactus Wren, Abert’s Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow, Anna’s Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Northern Cardinal, Gila Woodpecker, Lesser Goldfinch,American Robin, Hermit Thrush, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Raven, Northern Mockingbird, Canyon Wren, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Rufous-backed Robin, Red-naped Sapsucker, Costa’s Hummingbird, Cooper’s Hawk.

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