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Birding Southeast Arizona-part 1

To maximize my time in Arizona and not wander all over the state being frustrated, I hired Melody Kehl to guide for me.  She picked me up at the hotel at 5:30 AM to try for the Sinoloa Wren at first light.  The day turned windy and rainy so many birds did not sit up including the wren.  We are giving it another shot tomorrow.  Although the weather did not cooperate for most of the day, we did manage to see quite a few birds.  The full list is below.  The ones is Italic are lifers for me.

We are going for owls tomorrow morning so she is picking me up at 4AM which means I have to get up at 3.  G’night.  More tomorrow.   

Day 1

Gambel’s Quail

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Gray Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Eurasian Collared-D0ve

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Inca Dove

Vaux’s Swift

Magnificent Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Acorn Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

Red-naped Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker

Red-shafted Flicker

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Say’s Phoebe

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Cassin’s Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Loggerheaded Shrike

Hutton’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Mexican Jay

Chihuahuan Raven

Violet-green Swallow

Bridled Titmouse



White-breasted Nuthatch

Cactus Wren

Rock Wren

Canyon Wren

Bewick’s Wren

House Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Curve-billed Thrasher


Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon)

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Painted Redstart

Hepatic Tanager

Summer Tanager

Western Tanager

Green-tailed Towhee

Canyon Towhee

Abert’s Towhee

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow


Black-headed Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Brewer’s Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

House Finch

Lesser Goldfinch

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Arizona Wish List

Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon,Montezuma Quail, Masked Bobwhite, Scaled Quail, Spotted Owl, Elf Owl, Painted Redstart, Red-faced Warbler, No. Pygmy Owl, Common Poorwill, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gray Vireo, Gray Flycatcher, Gray-breasted Jay, Chihuahua Raven, Mexican Chickadee, Varied Bunting, Painted Bunting, Lucy, Grace, Olive and the Green-tailed Towhee, LeConte’s, Sage, Bendire’s and Crissal Thrashers.  AND Sinoloa Wren.

All birds are good birds, but these will all be life birds for me.  I’ll tick them off when I see them.  Fingers crossed.


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