Then the Patagonia "Roadside Rest Effect" took place. This occurs when birders chase a particular rare bird and end up finding more rare birds. This refers to the Roadside Rest Area in Patagonia, AZ where the first U.S. record of Black-capped Gnatcatcher was discovered in 1971. When hordes of birders were searching for it, they also found the first U.S. record of Yellow Grosbeak.
So, what other rare birds have been found at Peña Blanca Lake this fall? How about Bobolink, Palm Warbler, American Redstart, Dickcissel, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Townsend's Solitaire, Blackburnian Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-crowned Sparrow, and most recently a Rufous-backed Robin! Twelve rare birds in all, not including the continuing Least Grebes, WOW!!!
*UPDATE 11/04/11: Add White-throated Sparrow and Long-tailed Duck (see post) to the list.
*UPDATE 11/10/11: Add Eastern Phoebe and Wood Duck, 17 rare birds this fall!
*UPDATE 11/18/11: Add Elegant Trogon, up to 18 now.
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While searching for the warbler, I had some great photo ops:
I found 15 Least Grebes! I photographed them for about an hour. What a treat to watch!
Other cool birds:
Some other cool stuff I spotted while birding:
What will turn up next?
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