Tuesday, May 08, 2007

May 4 - Tucson, AZ - Catalina State Park

After a very long night and just a few hours of sleep it's back to birding this morning. Last night Melody Kehl mentioned to the group that a reliable spot for Crissal Thrasher was at Catalina State Park, specifically the Nature Trail loop at the trail head parking lot.

To my surprise when I arrived at the lot I saw another birder form last night's trip in Kirk, who is from Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario. Evidently he took the advice as well !

Together we walked the trail and quickly found a Crissal Thrasher. there were not the best looks as the bird was partially obstructed by the saguaro it was perched in. However, later Kirk and I had looks at two more Crissal, and these provided the nice looks we were hoping for.
Later he spotted a Kestrel, which was a trip bird for me.

And we also saw these species:
Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-Tailed Hawk, White-Winged dove, White-Throated Swift, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Flycatchers of Vermilion, Ash-Throated & Brown-Crested, Cassin's Kingbird, Raven, Curve-Billed Thrasher, Lucy's Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, and Black-Headed Grosbeak.

Another morning and another lifer. Not bad at all.