|Northern Harrier- photo by Laurens Halsey|
A few days later I went to Florida Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains to look for a Gray Catbird. It was cold in the canyon when I arrived and there was little bird activity. After an hour of waiting, the catbird made a brief appearance and then disappeared. Lifer, MEOW!
The only other cooperative bird was this sparrow that perched out in the open despite the wind.
|photo courtesy www.salenalettera.com|
I decided to chase three would-be county birds: Eastern Bluebird, Wilson's Snipe, and Eastern Phoebe. The snipe was the most common bird I still needed for my county list. I had seen 338 species in the county without seeing a snipe, how embarrassing. So I headed out to the Santa Cruz River at Ina Road where they're known to be in the winter. It didn't take long before I flushed one along the water. Finally! Getting a decent photo of one is another story.
Next I was off to Fort Lowell Park to look for Eastern Bluebirds. A few of the regulars made appearances.
|Eastern Bluebird male|
|Eastern Bluebird female|
I also photographed a handsome male Ladder-backed Woodpecker. By luck it was chosen for Flickr Eplore. At least this one's better than my other one that was chosen in September.
|Western Bluebird female|
|Western Bluebird male|
|Western Bluebird & Lesser Goldfinch|
1. Grasshopper Sparrow- breed near the county line
2. Juniper Titmouse- uncommon in Reddington Pass
3. Winter Wren- one currently in Florida Canyon
4. Flammulated Owl- Catalina Mountains
5. Cassin's Finch- been seen recently in the Catalinas
6. Black Tern- maybe
7. Common Black Hawk- fat chance
8. Ferruginous Hawk- yeah right
9. Long-billed Curlew- not likely
10. Eurasian Wigeon- ha
Hope you're off to a great new year of birding!