Tuesday, May 08, 2007

April 29 - Tucson, AZ - Starr Pass

In late June 2006, I had made my first trip to the birding hot spot of Southeastern Arizona. It was absolutely fantastic. Today I returned to the area for a one-week stay.

Birds around the hotel area today are examples of the typical desert-scrub inhabitants, and are enhanced by other riparian birds drawn to the water of the adjacent golf-course.

Gambel's Quail are ubiquitous, along with other species like White-Winged Doves, Curve-Billed Thrashers, Cactus Wrens, Canyon & Abert's Towhees, and numerous Ash-Throated Flycatchers. The three Killdeer fledglings could put a smile on almost anybody.
photo credit - Jim W.

Nice looks at Gilded Flicker and Gila Woodpeckers, Pyrrhuloxia, Roadrunner, Black-Chinned and Costa's Hummingbirds and Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher all brought back memories from last year.

The regal White-Crowned Sparrow is always nice to see, Lesser Goldfinches bounded everywhere, and for some reason I have a place in my heart for the lovely Verdin.

credit - Art Morris.