Bird Sightings posted from
Aug. 2003 through December 2013


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: December 30, Monday
, 2013
A pair of Hooded Mergansers in exquisite plumage visited Ayer Lake today. A Loggerhead Shrike perched on the hilltop east of the lake and Western Bluebirds passed over the gardens.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: December 29, Sunday
, 2013

A Northern Beardless Tyrannulet ranged from the demo garden through the picnic area and into the eucalyptus grove where the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Hutton's Vireo were noted. Rarely seen at the Arb in recent years, a Harris's Hawk flew westward over the desert. A Pyrrhuloxia foraged among cardinals and White-crowned Sparrows under mesquites south of the palm grove. Other birds included: Gambel's Quail, American Coot 1; Inca Dove 8; Broad-billed Hummingbird 3, Anna's Hummingbird 8, Gila Woodpecker 10, Red-naped Sapsucker 3, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4, N. "Red-shafted" Flicker 3, Black Phoebe 3, Say's Phoebe 1, Common Raven (35+ passing over the gardens in small numbers), Mountain Chickadee 1, Verdin 30+, Rock Wren 6, Canyon Wren 6, Cactus Wren 8, Bewick's Wren 6, House Wren 2, Marsh Wren 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15, Hermit Thrush 26, Northern Mockingbird 4, Curve-billed Thrasher 10, Phainopepla 4, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler 8, Green-tailed Towhee 2, Canyon Towhee 2, Abert's Towhee 30, Spotted Towhee 14, Black-throated Sparrow 4, Lincoln's Sparrow 4, Song Sparrow 6, White-crowned Sparrow 150+, Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco 2, Northern Cardinal 30, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch 45, Lesser Goldfinch 30, House Sparrow 12.


From: Jack Holloway and Tom Rawles
Date: December 28, Saturday

One Loggerhead Shrike was notable today, seen along the trail due east of Ayer Lake. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found in the same tree previously seen perched and foraging: about halfway down the trail through the Eucalyptus forest, at left (East side) if you're walking into the canyon - and working sapsucker wells on a heavily pockmarked tree. Red-naped Sapsuckers were throughout the gardens today, too, and we found Gila and Ladderbacked Woodpeckers; and all four towhees were present: Green-tailed, Canyon, Abert's and Spotted. Other birds around the gardens Saturday morning were Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds; Black Phoebe, Mountain Chickadee, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow, (also Lincoln's, Song and White-crowned); Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Craig Fischer and Christmas Bird Count Volunteers
Date: December 26, Thursday
, 2013
We had 15 counters today; a few highlights include 1 Loggerhead Shrike, and two notable Sapsuckers previously reported and reconfirmed today: a Williamson's, and 1 Yellow-bellied which was seen working 'sapsucker wells' in the Australian Coolibah tree. Species and totals include: 73 Gambel's Quail, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Coot, 16 Mourning Dove, 20 Inca Dove, 1 White-throated Swift, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Costa's Hummingbird, 48 Anna's Hummingbird, 36 Gila Woodpecker, 5 Red-naped Sapsucker, 14 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 4 Northern Flicker, 1 Empidonax specie flycatcher, 7 Black Phoebe, 3 Says Phoebe, 9 Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, 34 Verdin, 11 Rock Wren, 10 Canyon Wren, 16 Cactus Wren, 2 House Wren, 5 Bewick's Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 39 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 8 Western Bluebird, 58 Hermit Thrush, 23 Northern Mockingbird, 12 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Cedar Waxwing, 8 Phainopepla, 14 Yellow-rumped Warbler (13 Audubon's and 1 Myrtle); 16 Spotted Towhee, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 12 Canyon Towhee, 41 Abert¹s Towhee, 80 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Lincoln's Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 Fox Sparrow (near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden); 145 White-crowned Sparrow, 2 Dark-eyed Junco 2 (Oregon race); 1 Western Tanager (in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden); 62 Northern Cardinal, 63 House Finch, 92 Lesser Goldfinch and 32 House Sparrows.


Subject: VARIED THRUSH
Date: Sunday December 15
From: Gordon Karre

Saw and photographed the Varied Thrush mir-morning Sunday, photos were taken on open forest floor beneath the pistachio trees across from the Wing Memorial Herb Garden. Also found and photographed a male Williamson's Sapsucker in a pine tree in the picnic area.


Subject: VARIED THRUSH, Yellow-bellied Sapucker, Mountain Chickadee
Date: Tuesday Dec 10
From: Brian Walsh, Tucson

Larry Norris and myself birded BTA today with similar results as Jim Burns (see below). VARIED THRUSH found in previous location at 8:45am and 11am. Open looks at the bird where easy to get today, the lighting was poor. Yellow-bellied Sapucker also there. And the Mountain Chickadee was located as well. EDITOR'S NOTE this report originally appeared at the Arizona-New Mexico listserve
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/AZ


Date: Sunday Dec 8
From: Jim Burns, Scottsdale [jimburnsphotos.com]

The Varied Thrush and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker were present today at BTA in the locations mentioned here previously. The thrush was across the path and just to the east of the Smith Building along the main trail, foraging mostly on the ground between the fruiting Myrtle bush and the water fountain to the south, often hard to see in the shadows beneath the bushes. It was seen at 8:45, 11:00, and 1:30. Directions to the sapsucker are to follow the Main Trail east, cross the wash and take the first path past the wash to the right toward the Eucalyptus Forest. The sapsucker's territory is immediately on the left and centered on a large, spreading Australian Coolibah tree behind the Red Gum tree next to the path. Sapsucker wells are evident all over this tree and many of the neighboring trees. The Coolibah seems to be the bird's "go to" tree.
Three images from BTA today are on the top row of the Recent Favorites page at jimburnsphotos.com. EDITOR'S NOTE this report originally appeared at the Arizona-New Mexico listserve
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/AZ


Date: Sat Dec 7 2013 13:09 pm, 2013
From: Magill Weber, Phoenix, AZ

The BTA VARIED THRUSH put in a brief appearance to a group of birders at about noon Saturday near the fountain by the Smith Building. It was also seen by the bird walk group earlier. The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, no doubt the same bird that wintered here last year, is back in the exact same tree as last year in the Eucalyptus forest. A large group of birders also enjoyed a very late WARBLING VIREO in the Demonstration Garden. I also had nice looks at PLUMBEOUS VIREO, and the MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was seen by this morning's bird walk (although I didn't relocate it). EDITOR'S NOTE this report originally appeared at the Arizona-New Mexico listserve
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/AZ


From: Ed Strong

Date: Dec. 2, Monday

Around 10:30am I saw a Varied Thrush on the main trail between the Wing Memorial Herb Garden and the Suspension Bridge, just past the Herb Garden, between yellow trail markers #32 and #36 – near the ‘Biodiversity’ sign and the red water valve with a green hose attached. It was in a bush with a clump of very red berries hanging near the trail. It was there for only a short time as a Northern Mockingbird attacked it. The thrush flew to a bare tree but the mockingbird attacked it again - I last saw the Varied Thrush flying toward the herb garden with the mockingbird in hot pursuit.Mountain Chickadee was also notable today; others seen and heard included Hermit Thrush, Common Raven, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gila Woodpecker, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Lesser Goldfinch, Phainopepla, Mourning Dove and Gambel's Quail..


From: Brenda Williamson & Mike Bianchi

Date: Dec. 1, Sunday

This morning and afternoon my husband and I located a NORTHERN GOSHAWK at the arboretum. We first saw it in the conifers along the wash behind the rock maze and later it moved to the main trail right before the herb garden where many people saw it. As we were leaving around 2:00 we relocated it high up on the cliff visible from the high trail right near the bridge that crosses the wash where the high trail ends. With luck it may stick around for awhile. At least one MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE is still hanging around. We saw it right near the hawk in the conifers next to the wash just behind the rock maze. It was calling frequently, due to the presence of the hawk



From: Cindy West & Cindy Marple

Date: Nov. 24, Sunday    , 2013 

Four Northern Shoveler on Ayer Lake was our most notable sighting today; Cedar Waxwing, too. other birds were Gambel's Quail, Cooper’s Hawk, American coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnarcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and Lesser Goldfinch.



From: Anne Leight; reporting for Troy Corman And Marceline VandeWater
Date: November 10, Sunday

A large group of about 32 birders began a warm (70 deg at 11AM) Saturday's adventure. We saw what must be the resident BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD (male) at the feeders as well as a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, several NORTHERN CARDINALs, a GILA WOODPECKER and CURVE-BILLED THRASHER. A VERDIN was very load in the parking area, as if warning us of the presence of a hawk. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETs danced in mequite branches while SPOTTED TOWHEEs and several GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES were doing the towhee shuffle on the ground at the perimeter of the picnic area. There were an abundance of GAMBEL'S WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and AUDUBON'S WARBLERS. HERMIT THRUSHES were not as elusive as they usually are as were saw many throughout the walk. Also found on the southern edges if the picnic area were a LINCOLNs SPARROW, INCA DOVES, and ABERT'S TOWHEEs. At the bridge we saw the usual (and very vocal) HOUSE WREN, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, in addition to a small flock of LESSER GOLDFINCHes. NORTHERN RED-SHAFTED FLICKERs were enjoying the pistachio and palm fruit. The walk up to Ayer Lake was quiet, with a few thrashers, yellow-rumps, verdin, and an ANNA's HUMMINGBIRD along the way. On the sign at Ayer Lake was a handsome, dark chestnut brown SONG SPARROW sporting its notable dark breast spot. The resident BLACK PHOEBE and AMERICAN COOT greeted us. A CACTUS WREN cackled as we made our way up to the Picket Post House, and some HOUSE
FINCHES flew overhead. On the rock slope under the picket post house was a ROCK WREN, and further down the trail toward Queen Creek were 2 PHAINOPEPLA. In the tree that covers the Pump House was a HUTTON'S VIREO. COMMON RAVENs flew overhead several times. A covey of 12 or so GAMBEL's QUAIL were making their way up the hillside on the far side of Queen Creek. More Northen Cardinals (4 in one tree), Hermit Thrushes, and Spotted Towhee were seen near the Herb Garden.
We had heard that the other group had seen a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE. Although we heard it, we could not find it. We did later find an OREGON JUNCO at the Outback Bridge mixed in with HY and AHY WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and at the end of our walk, a RED-TAILED HAWK circled above. Editor's Note: two more scheduled bird walks remain for 2013: Cindy West and Cindy Marple are the leaders November 24, and guides for our season final walk December 7 will be Richard Ditch and Carlos Oldham. Also, Troy's complete checklist listed these numbers 15 Gambel's Quail, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 American Coot, 12 Inca Dove, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Anna's Hummingbird, 10 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Northern Flicker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Hutton's Vireo, 8 Common Raven, 2 Mountain Chickadee, 12 Verdin, 4 House Wren, 6 Bewick's Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 4 Rock Wren, 3 Canyon Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 12 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 10 Hermit Thrush, 6 Northern Mockingbird, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, 8 Yellow-rumped Warblers (one Myrtle race, the others were all Audubon's); 2 Green-tailed Towhee, 10 Abert's Towhee, 6 Spotted Towhee, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Lincoln's Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 1 White-throated Sparrow, 30 White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon's); 16 Northern Cardinal, 8 House Finch and 15 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Kathe Anderson and Mark Ochs
Date: November 10, Sunday
, 2013
Slow morning for birding -- but we did see a PRAIRIE FALCON soar overhead. Ayer Lake had an American Coot. Also seen and heard on our walk were Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker,Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: November 2, Saturday

A Chipping Sparrow was notable today - also Lark, Song, Black-throated and White-crowned Sparrows -- and one late-for-the-season female Hooded Oriole. Ayer Lake had Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Marsh Wren; we saw a Red-tailed Hawk, but no sign of the resident pair of Cooper's. Other birds around the gardens were Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, a 'Western-type' Flycatcher , Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (audible, but unseen); Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (many, all fo them Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE Kathe Anderson guides the next bird walk November 10; a powerhouse birding trio including Troy Corman, Marceline VandeWater and Anne Leight lead the walk November 16, Cindy West and Cindy Marple are guest leaders November 24, and the season final will be with Richard Ditch on Dec. 7.


From: Richard Ditch, Craig Anderson and Anne Leight (also Joanne Barr and Mark Ochs)
Date: October 27
, Sunday
From: Richard Ditch, Craig Anderson and Anne Leight (also Joanne Barr and Mark Ochs)
Date: October 27, Sunday
What a fun group of birders we had! Everyone contributed to spotting 41 species Sunday morning.We began at the hummingbird feeders. While we waited for the usual BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD, a solitary WHITE-WINGED DOVE (usually a summer only bird) was in plain sight atop a tall saguaro. Then not too far from the WWDO, a SAY'S PHOEBE was catching the morning sun. While walking through the parking lot toward the Demonstration Garden, many ground birds were taking advantage of an impromptu water feature (a puddle created from a leaking hose) for drinking, including a SPOTTED TOWHEE, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, 21 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWs, and HERMIT THRUSHEs. The always moving RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETs danced in the eucalyptus branches above, being unusually quiet (for kinglets). We unfortunately could not find a Red-breasted nuthatch nor Brown creeper reported near the demonstration Garden a few days earlier. However we did find 3 RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERs, M&F and both adult and young from this year. Along the banks of Queen Creek near the Outback Bridge, we spotted 3 of our 6 wrens: a HOUSE WREN and BEWICK'S WREN both feeding with many White-crown sparrows, a CANYON WREN who finally came into the open after being heard all morning, and a CACTUS WREN. Approaching the Herb Garden we struck gold at one Pistachio Tree loaded with fruit and birds; here we saw 8 VERDIN, 2 PLUMBEOUS VIREOs, 9 NORTHERN RED-SHAFTED FLICKERs, 4 GILA WOODPECKERs, 3 CEDAR WAXWINGs, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 4 NORTHERN CARDINAL, PHAINEOPEPLA, and 7 AUDUBON'S (Yellow-rumped) WARBLERS. As we walked in the canyon, an AMERICAN KESTREL flew overhead in addition to a few WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS. ROCK WRENs (5/6 on the wren list) were hopping above the pump house. Ayer Lake was very quiet. It took a while to finally spot the resident BLACK PHOEBE. A SONG SPARROW was spotted. A few MARSH WRENs were heard, but not seen. Other birds around the gardens included 15 Gambel's Quail, 1 American Coot at Ayer Lake, Inca Dove, 4 White-throated Swift (circling above the canyon); 2 male Costas Hummingbirds, 4 male Anna's Hummingbirds, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, 3 Common Raven, 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 2 Abert's Towhee, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 6 House Finch, 4 Lesser Goldfinch, 6 Song Sparrow. Editor's Note: Guided bird walks continue November 2 with Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton; then with Kathe Anderson November 10. A powerhouse birding trio including Troy Corman, Marceline VandeWater and Anne Leight Nov. 16; and Cindy West and Cindy Marple guide the walk Nov. 24.


From: Troy Corman and Anne Leight
Date: October 19

2 Gambel's Quail, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 American Coot, 4 Inca Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 8 Gila Woodpecker, 10 Red-naped Sapsucker (numerous); 2 Black Phoebe, 3 Common Raven, 12 Verdin, 1 House Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 15 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 3 Hermit Thrush, 1 American Robin, 5 Northern Mockingbird, 6 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Western Tanager, 8 Abert's Towhee, 2 Spotted Towhee, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 25 White-crowned Sparrow, 10 Northern Cardinal, 2 Red-winged Blackbird, 6 House Finch, 10 Lesser Goldfinch and 1 House Sparrow. Editor's note: Anne Leight guided the "Young Birders" group and added these to the list: 3 Gilded Flicker, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 1 Brewers Sparrow, 1 lark Sparrow, and a Pyrrhuloxia in a palm tree below Picketpost Mansion, eating the orange fruit. Guided bird walks continue with a choice of three leaders Oct. 27, Craig Anderson, acclaimed photographer Richard Ditch and Anne Leight Oct. 27. November walks are lead by Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton Nov. 2, Kathe Anderson Nov. 10; a powerhouse birding trio including Troy Corman, Marceline VandeWater and Anne Leight Nov. 16; and Cindy West and Cindy Marple guide the walk Nov. 24.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: October 12-13, Saturday
& Sunday, 2013
Townsend's Warbler was notable Saturday - and one late-for-the-season Common Black-Hawk (Sharp-shinned, Cooper's and Red-tailed Hawk too). Other birds seen and heard were Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker (numerous); Northern Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Both Myrtle and Audubon races); Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern, Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Additional birds Sunday Oct. 13 included Painted Redstart, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western-type Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Bell's Vireo (by ear, and late for the season); Warbling Vireo, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: October 12, Saturday
, 2013
Townsend's Warbler was notable today - and one late-for-the-season Common Black-Hawk (Sharp-shinned, Cooper's and Red-tailed Hawk too). Other birds seen and heard were Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern, Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch .


From: Kathe Anderson & Craig Anderson
Date: October 7, Saturday

Turkey Vultures continue to be present; and a pair of Western Tanagers remain from migration. Other birds seen and heard today include: Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: guided bird walks continue Oct. 13 with Cindy Marple leading the walk, and then Oct. 19 with AZ Game & Fish avian expert Troy Corman and also Anne Leight. .


From: Dave Pearson, Kurt Radamaker, Cindy West & Nathan Williams
Date: September 21, Saturday

At least 50 people gathered to watch the Turkey Vultures this morning for the fall "Bye-Bye Buzzards" celebration, and we had excellent views of the big black birds as they took to the skies -- right on schedule at around 8:30 a.m. The vultures should be here for another few weeks, by the second week in October most will have flown south for the winter. A Western-type Flycatcher was notable, and silent, on our guided bird walk around the garden following the vulture viewing - also a few "first of season" Winter migrants including House Wren, Pine Siskin and Orange-crowned Warbler. Other birds seen and heard today include: Gambel's Quail, Sharp Shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker in Queen Creek Canyon; Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Says Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole (in the Hummingbird Garden); House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: Mark Ochs separately reported a male MacGillvray's Warbler seen in the Cactus Garden.


From: Troy Corman, Marceline Vandewater & AZFO Board
Date: September 8, Sunday

The picnic area was a productive spot to start our bird walk Sunday guided as members of the AZ Field Ornithologists board of directors (John Yerger, Kurt Radamaker, Doug Jenness, Steve Ganley and Lauren Harter) enjoyed the gardens for 90-minutes before our meeting here Sunday morning. We had great views of one American Goldfinch and also an Olive-sided Flycatcher; plus 2 Southwestern Willow Flycathers perched in trees above the picnic tables. Nearby we saw 3 Lazuli Buntings, and the first of at least 20 Warbling Vireos found here and as we walked through Queen Creek Canyon - plus at least 25 Western Tanagers. A Blue Grosbeak was vocal in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden at 8:45am; we counted 50 Turkey Vultures and had a chance to see one of the two previously reported immature sibling Vultures in the cliffs high above Queen Creek. Other birds seen and heard today include: 3 Gambel's Quail, 1 Zone-tailed Hawk, 3 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 2 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 western-type flycatcher, 2 Western Kingbird, 2 Bell's Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 2 Violet-green Swallows, 4 Verdin, 3 Cactus Wren 1 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Cedar Waxwing, 1 Phainopepla, 3 Yellow Warbler, 3 Wilson's Warbler, 2 Canyon Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, 2 Summer Tanager, 3 Northern Cardinal, 3 Black-headed Grosbeak, 15 House Finch and 20 Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: ASU Professor Dave Pearson guides a walk here on Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m. as part of the day's
"Bye Bye Buzzards" celebration of birds and migration.


From: Jay Taylor
Date: August 31, Saturday

On today's guided bird walk we counted 76 Turkey Vultures; a highlight of the morning for our group of 20 people was seeing one of the two previously reported immature sibling TV's seen scrambling around the cliffs high above Queen Creek -- and taking a few flights. The plumage was mainly black on this bird, but included some white (presumably downy) feathers on the head and back. We clearly heard the call of a Flicker from Silver King Wash below Ayer Lake; without a visual, though, its not certain whether we heard the first returning Northern of the Fall-Winter, or a Gilded (which seems more likely, given the habitat). Also notable were 3 Western Wood-Pewees; migrant warblers moving through included Nashville, MacGillivray's and Wilson's (1 each), with 4 Yellow Warblers and one Common Yellowthroat seen at Ayer Lake. A Pyrrhuloxia in the Demonstration Garden at the end of our walk was also notable. If you visit this week and are birding between 8:00-9:00am, looks for views of the High Trail approximately across from the Herb Garden, our group had great views of a perched Zone-tailed Hawk on a snag above the High Trail. Other birds seen and heard today include: 12 Gambel's Quail, 2 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 1 White-winged Dove, 6 Mourning Dove, 8 Inca Dove, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 6 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 American Kestrel, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 1 Cassin's Kingbird, 5 Western Kingbird, 7 Bell's Vireo, 2 Warbling Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 9 Verdin, 2 Rock Wren, 4 Canyon Wren, 1 Marsh Wren int reeds at Ayer Lake); 3 wick's Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 1 Lucy's Warbler, 3 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Canyon Towhee, 11 Abert's Towhee, 4 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Lark Bunting (a female seen in the desert area surrounding the parking lot); 2 Song Sparrow, 1 Summer Tanager, 4 Western Tanager, 13 Northern Cardinal, 2 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 Lazuli Bunting, 1 Bronzed Cowbird (this bird had a dark unstreaked back and breast and was being fed by a Northern Cardinal, but the throat appeared to be washed with yellow, perhaps from pollen?); 2 Hooded Oriole, 27 House Finch and 36 Lesser Goldfinch.
View this checklist in its entirety online at Ebird


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: August 19, Monday
, 2013
I didn't see either of the young vultures during my afternoon survey in the gardens today. But I was delighted to see a Painted Redstart dancing about the "stream" in the Demo Garden, where one MacGillivray's Warbler and two Wilson's Warblers also foraged. A wave of Lazuli Buntings was evident: I noted at least 25 individuals throughout the afternoon. Other transients included: 6 Western Kingbirds, 2 Cassin's Kingbirds, 1 "Western" Flycatcher, 4 Warbling Vireos, 2 N. Rough-winged Swallows, 2 Tree Swallows, 6 Barn Swallows, several Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks eating pistachio fruit, at least 15 Lark Sparrows, and 1 Bullocks Oriole. Some pairs still feeding young included: Bell's Vireo, Purple Martin, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch. One Northern Cardinal male in the Demo Garden was feeding a nearly fully-grown fledging Bronzed Cowbird. Other species included: Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, a solitary Rock Pigeon, 1 Eurasian-Collared Dove, three doves (White-winged, Mourning, and Inca), Anna's and Broad-billed Hummingbirds, Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, four wrens (Cactus, Rock, Canyon, Bewick's), Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Canyon Towhee, and Black-throated Sparrow. A Lesser Nighthawk visited Ayer Lake after sunset. Editor's Note: Jay Taylor leads the next guided bird walk here August 31 at 6:30 a.m.


From: Mark Ochs
Date: August 18, Sunday

Lazuli Buntings were numerous Sunday; we saw at least a dozen flying along Queen Creek and in other spots around the gardens. This week watch the fruiting pistachio trees near the beds of aloes as you approach the Herb Garden; among other birds foraging in these were Black-headed Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo and Gila Woodpecker. Species seen and heard around the gardens included Gambel's Quail, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: Jay Taylor leads the next guided bird walk here August 31 at 6:30 a.m.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: August 8, Thursday

The resident Turkey Vulture chicks continued to move about in a limited area near their nest site, perching and preening in the shade. Periodically they flapped and extended their wings in full sunlight. Family groups of vociferous House Finches and Lesser Goldfinches were conspicuous. A few scattered Northern Cardinal pairs still accompanied fledglings. One male fed a recently fledged Bronzed Cowbird in the Demo Garden where a pair of Hooded Orioles fed two just-fledged young. Only a few infrequently cooing White-winged Doves remained. Migrant Mourning Doves and numerous small groups of Lark Sparrows passed overhead; they also drank at Ayer Lake early and late in the day. One Great-tailed Grackle stopped at Ayer Lake. Several Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks plucked pistachio fruit and picked at jujubes. Other fall transients included a male Rufous Hummingbird that foraged at red bottlebrush flowers, a silent "Western" Flycatcher, a few Cassin's and several Western Kingbirds, 2 Warbling Vireos, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in the Demo Garden (as well as a possibly continuing summer resident male in the canyon), 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, and 2 Wilson's Warblers, and a few Lazuli Buntings. Other birds noted today included: coveys of well-developed Gambel's Quail, a pair of Zone-tailed Hawks, 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove, Inca Dove, 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 Lesser Nighthawk, 1 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, a few Brown-crested Flycatchers, Bell's Vireo (still feeding young), Common Raven, a family group of Purple Martins, 2 Barn Swallows, 2 Cliff Swallows, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, several Phainopepla flocks, Yellow Warbler (including transients in non-breeding habitats), Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, and Blue Grosbeak.


From: Kathe Anderson and Anne Leight
Date: July 21, Sunday

Without doubt, the high point of today's guided birdwalk was the chance to look from the main trail and see both previously reported Turkey Vulture chicks (using the term loosely here, they're both easily as large as an adult Cooper's Hawk!) in the cliffs above. That was a "first" for everyone in our group. Also among 35 species seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, 38 adult Turkey Vultures circling above; 2 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Zone-tailed Hawk, 9 White-winged Dove, 2 Mourning Dove, 2 Inca Dove, 30 White-throated Swift, 1 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 1 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Vermilion Flycatcher, 12 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 6 Bell's Vireo, 1 Warbling Vireo (photographed, and seen along the trail just west of the herb garden, in the pyracantha. Eye-line and vireo beak (upper bill curls over then points);
otherwise drab gray (upper parts darker gray; under parts buffy white); 1 Common Raven, 3 Verdin, 9 Canyon Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 21 Phainopepla, 3 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Yellow Warbler, 7 Yellow-breasted Chat, 7 Abert's Towhee, 2 Summer Tanager, 10 Northern Cardinal, 2 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 Blue Grosbeak, 4 Hooded Oriole, 1 Bullock's Oriole, 4 House Finch, 6 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jay Taylor
Date: July 20, Saturday , 2013
Today's guided bird walk group had excellent views of 57 Turkey Vultures circling overhead -- plus the two downy juveniles which were seen in the cliffs above Queen Creek; based on earlier sightings, the fledglings are estimated to be 3-4 weeks old. Other birds today included 8 Gambel's Quail, 4 Cooper's Hawk (an adult seen at Silver King Wash with a Mourning Dove in its talons); 1 American Coot , 2 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 15 White-winged Dove, 5 Mourning Dove, 2 Inca Dove, 1 Western Screech-Owl, 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 1 Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus/sasin); 8 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 8 Gila Woodpecker , 5 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Flicker (either Northern or Gilded -- heard only); 2 Black Phoebe, 12 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 9 Bell's Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 2 Purple Martin, 18 Verdin, 5 Canyon Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 12 Cactus Wren, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 6 Curve-billed Thrasher, 29 Phainopepla, 2 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Yellow Warbler, 16 Yellow-breasted Chat, 5 Abert's Towhee, 4 Lark Sparrow, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 3 Summer Tanager, 2 Western Tanager, 9 Northern Cardinal, 1 Blue Grosbeak, 12 Great-tailed Grackle, 2 Brown-headed Cowbird, 4 Hooded Oriole, 2 Bullock's Oriole, 15 House Finch, 7 Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow.
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From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 17, Wednesday

My most exciting experience at the Arboretum this summer has been witnessing breeding Turkey Vultures. On July 5, Brendon Grice photographed two white-plumaged chicks in a crevice on the south face of Magma Ridge, just east of the Clevenger House. Others also saw and photographed at least one young bird in the same place through July 7. On July 10 I photographed a chick and an adult on the slope not far from the presumed nest area; the adult perched atop a massive boulder about 5m above the chick. Some of us saw a chick on July11, but no more were reported until Paul Wolterbeek spotted both chicks at the same slope location on July 16, Tuesday at 9am; and one in the same location Wednesday at 8am. I have witnessed apparent courtship flight behavior in spring for the past several years, so I suspected a breeding pair was resident and mixed with the throng of birds using the traditional eucalyptus grove roost. This is the first confirmation of breeding by vultures at the Arboretum. Editor's Note: our next guided bird walks will be a back-to-back weekend of guided tours July 20-21 at 6:30 a.m.; Saturday's walk guided by Jay Taylor, Sunday's guided by Kathe Anderson. Here's another photo of the vulture babies, photographed by TJ


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 17, Wednesday

In addition to expected resident and summer birds July 10-15, I noted several other birds of interest. Four Cinnamon Teal, the season's first waterfowl, visited Ayer Lake July 15-16. An immature Black-crowned Night-Heron emerged from the marsh at Ayer Lake at dusk July 11-14. A pair and an immature Zone-tailed Hawk were seen daily July 10-14, strongly suggesting successful breeding this year. On July13 a Peregrine Falcon flashed over Queen Creek and the first transient Spotted Sandpiper bobbed at Ayer Lake. A swarm of at least 250 White-throated Swifts swirled in blustery winds under low-hanging storm clouds on July 13. I found at least one Black-headed Grosbeak each day, single Western Tanagers July 11 and July 14, a few Cliff Swallows July 11 and 13, a Violet-green Swallow daily, a Lark Sparrow July 14, and periodic transient Bullock's Orioles. A Crissal Thrasher in riparian thickets south of the picnic area July 15, probably the same bird noted south of the Demo Garden on July 12, was likely a wandering individual.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 9, Tuesday
, 2013
A briefly singing Yellow-billed Cuckoo near the picnic area was a delight to hear. Early fall transients included 1 Black-headed Grosbeak and 2 Lark Sparrows. A pair of Northern Mockingbirds with 3 young foraged on Desert Hackberry fruit in the Demo Garden. Elf Owls and a Barn Owl were observed at twilight in the canyon. Two Lesser Nighthawks foraged at dusk on July 8. Other birds noted today included: Gambel's Quail with relatively recently hatched chicks, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk pair with 3 fledglings, Zone-tailed Hawk pair (an immature with wing molt underway was also observed in the canyon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, three species of doves with juveniles present (White-winged, Mourning, Inca), Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebes feeding nestlings under the observation deck at Ayer Lake, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, several Brown-crested Flycatcher pairs feeding young, Western Kingbird pair with young, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven feeding young, several Purple Martins, 2 Barn Swallows, 1 Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, numerous Phainopepla family groups, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat feeding young at Ayer Lake (plus a single bird in the Jasmine thicket near the Herb Garden and a singing male in the Demo Garden were surprises); Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak with young in the eucalyptus grove, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Orioles feeding young, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: our next guided bird walks will be a back-to-back weekend of guided tours July 20-21 at 6:30 a.m. (Saturday's walk with Jay Taylor, Sunday's guided by Kathe Anderson).


From: Mark Ochs
Date: June 30, Sunday

A silent Barn Owl which flew through overhead, directly over our bird walk group while we were in the Palm Grove, was notable and exciting Sunday morning. Good variety of birds at Ayer Lake -- such as Purple Martin, Common Yellowthroat, an immature Black-crownd Night-Heron, Western Kingbird, Black Phoebe, Barn Swallow and Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Ayer Lake; also notable was the Yellow-headed Blackbird we observed fly above Queen creek over by the Picnic Area, plus an American Kestrel. Others among 45 species tallied around the gardens include Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren (odd for this time of year, and seen near the Drover Shed); Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Anne Leight
Date: June 29, Saturday

Common Ground Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Pyrrhuloxia, Blue Grosbeak and Bullock's Oriole were highlights. Their locations, in order: Ground Dove was found in the Demonstration Garden, one bird I could see calling while perched on a low branch; while at least one more call (but was unseen) east of our location in the Demo Garden. Walking out of the Demo Garden we saw both male & female Bullock's Orioles, plus a male Hooded Oriole near a sycamore tree, and a Pyrrhuloxia on the ground nearby. A male Blue grosbeak was near the 'Drover's Shed' at the east end of the Picnic Ground, and we found a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the Desert Legume Garden. A male Vermilion Flycatcher was feeding 2 juveniles here, and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo was jumping around in the canopy of the mesquite and other trees; no vocalizing, but revealed by the noise of its movement -- and it was moving clumsily. I watched it for about 5 minutes. I think my presence was between it and whatever food or water it wanted. Our checklist for Saturday also had Gambel's quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna' hummingbird, Broad-billed hummingbird, Gila woodpecker, Ladder-backed woodpecker, American kestrel, Black phoebe, Vermilion flycatcher, Ash-throated flycatcher, Brown-crested flycatcher, Western kingbird, Bell's vireo, Common raven, Northern rough-winged swallow, Purple Martin, Cliff swallow, Verdin, Canyon wren, Cactus wren, Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Black-tailed gnatcatcher, Curve-billed thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's warbler, Yellow warbler, Yellow-breasted chat, Abert's towhee, Summer tanager, Northern cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, House finch, Lesser goldfinch, and House sparrow.


From: Nathan Robert Williams
Date: Date: June 22, Saturday
, 2013
One Barn Swallow (presumably the same individual observed twice in different gardens: at the Demo Garden, and also up at Ayer Lake; was among the most notable sightings Saturday morning. Plus 3 Blue Grosbeaks (1 in Queen Creek south of the Demo Garden and 2 in the Eucalyptus Grove), and an American Kestrel perched on a century plant across the canyon at the far end of the loop. Others among 42 species seen and heard around the gardens include Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: our next guided bird walk will be June 30 at 6:30 a.m. with Mark Ochs.


From: David Moll
Date: June 2, Sunday

A Yellow-billed Cuckoo perched in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden was particularly notable today; seen around 9:30 a.m. towards the end of our guided birdwalk. One stunning male Blue Grosbeak gave us excellent views near the bowl-shaped water feature in the Demonstration Garden. BTA birdwalk leader Mark Ochs saw a MacGillvray's Warbler nearby -- and a Western Wood-pewee was fly-catching from perches near the round wooden ramada just as you enter the Demo Garden. Two Bronzed Cowbirds were in the Picnic Area parking lot, too. Prior to the bird walk I checked Ayer Lake and had one Spotted Sandpiper; a Neotropic Cormorant, Common Yellowthroats were calling from the cattails, with White-throated Swifts and Purple Martins flying over - and Black Phoebe. Another highlight for our group was confirming this year's location of the Cooper's Hawk nest: the female was perched there and easily seen from the white bridge over Silver King Wash - walk halfway down the bridge and look east, into the Eucalyptus grove, and above the bridge to find the nest. Park staff report she's in the same nest the Coopers Hawk pair used two years ago. Other birds seen and heard during our walk today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, a Western Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: our next guided bird walk will be July 21 at 6:30 a.m. with Kathe Anderson.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 27, Memorial Day Monday
, 2013
A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron at Ayer Lake was new and notable today; the juvenile Neotropic Cormorant previously reported May 19 was also there as well, along with Common Yellowthroat and Marsh Wren. A Common Blackhawk was observed again today - and a Costa's Hummingbird on her nest! . Also seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: the next guided bird walk will be Sunday June 2 at 6:30 a.m. with David Moll.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 19, Sunday

Common Blackhawk was notable Sunday - with a Bullock's Oriole seen near the Desert Legume Garden, and a Bronzed Cowbird in the huge eucalyptus tree another 30 yards along the main trail in the cactus garden. One Juvenile Neotropic Cormorant was at Ayer Lake, along with Common Yellowthroat. Also seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch – and House Sparrow.


From: Jim & Betsy Walker; with Dominic D'Agosto
Date: May 11, Saturday, Annual 'NAMC' North American Migrant Bird Count

Today's annual NAMC spring census seemed like a slower day that each of the past two year, with relatively low activity, and little that was out of the ordinary except for a flock of 21 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Great Blue Heron, and the Neotropic Cormorants first reported earlier this month and which continue at Ayer Lake. Two Golden Eagles circling the sky were exciting, we also found 1 Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Black Phoebe and Common Yellowthroat at Ayer Lake. A Hammond's and 1 Dusky Flycatcher were seen; a few of the more colorful birds on our walk included 4 Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 9 Yellow Warbler, 5 Summer Tanager and 3 Hooded Oriole, 1 Western Tanager, 3 Black-headed Grosbeak and 3 Bronzed Cowbird. Additional birds today were 4 Gambel's Quail, numerous Turkey Vulture, 1 Rock Pigeon, 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 2 White-throated Swift, , 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 4 Costa's Hummingbird, 5 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 5 Bell's Vireo, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 3 Common Raven, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 2 Violet-green Swallow, 4 Verdin, 4 Cactus Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 7 Phainopepla, 3 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 7 Wilson's Warbler, 4 Yellow-breasted Chat, 5 Abert's Towhee, 25 Lark Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 2 White-crowned Sparrow, 5 Northern Cardinal, 8 Great-tailed Grackle, 1 Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow.


From: Mark Ochs
Date: May 5, Sunday
, 2013
Our Sunday guided bird walk participants saw a first-year male Scott's Oriole in the myrtle hedge near the pumphouse this morning - and a Golden Eagle circling over by Picketpost Mountain. Lazuli Bunting was notable, too. Both Neotropic Cormorants remained at Ayer Lake, and Hawks today included Cooper's, Red-tailed and Zone-tailed. Also seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird (also Costa's, Broad-billed and Black-chinned), Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch – and House Sparrow.


From: Joanne Barr, Mark Ochs & Nathan Williams
Date: April 28, Sunday

Each of our guided bird walk groups saw 2 Golden Eagles circling the sky above BTA Sunday; and it appears there are now 2 Neotropic Cormorants at Ayer Lake (also 1 Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe & Black Phoebe). A Hammond's and 1 Dusky Flycatcher were seen; a few of the more colorful birds on our walk included 4 Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 9 Yellow Warbler, 5 Summer Tanager and 3 Hooded Oriole, 1 Western Tanager, 3 Black-headed Grosbeak and 3 Bronzed Cowbird. Additional birds today were 4 Gambel's Quail, numerous Turkey Vulture, 1 Rock Pigeon, 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 2 White-throated Swift, , 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 4 Costa's Hummingbird, 5 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 5 Bell's Vireo, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 3 Common Raven, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 2 Violet-green Swallow, 4 Verdin, 4 Cactus Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 7 Phainopepla, 3 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 7 Wilson's Warbler, 4 Yellow-breasted Chat, 5 Abert's Towhee, 25 Lark Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 2 White-crowned Sparrow, 5 Northern Cardinal, 8 Great-tailed Grackle, 1 Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch – and 2 House Sparrow.


From: Pete Moulton & Cynthia Donald, also Richard Ditch
Date: April 20, Saturday
, 2013
Yellow-breasted Chats returned this week, a 'first-of-season' report for BTA. Guided birdwalk participants today were also rewarded with views of a Belted Kingfisher, Cliff Swallow and Common Yellowthroat at Ayer Lake - where the Neotropic Cormorant which was first reported a few weeks back continues to be found as well. Other birds today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle (a pair, soaring over Picketpost Mountain around 9-9:15 am); Red-tailed Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Gila Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Summer Tanager, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Spring birdwalks are included with daily admission of $9; Joanne Barr leads the 'season finale' April 28, Sunday, at 8:30 a.m.


From: Marceline VandeWater and Kathe Anderson
Date: April 14, Sunday

Two Golden Eagles observed soaring over the cliffs was an exciting moment for participants on our guided bird walk today; the "first of season" Belted Kingfisher was at Ayer Lake today (also Green Heron, Common Yellowthroat - and one previously-reported Neotropic Cormorant). A few other notables included Black-chinned Hummingird (Broad-billed, Costa's and Anna's, too), also Cassin's Vireo, one Western-type Flycatcher, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on her nest, and a Red-tailed Hawk, also on her nest. Other birds among our combined total of 60 species seen and heard around the gardens today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk (circling amidst the Turkey Vultures); Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager (heard, but unseen); Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Marceline added these butterfly sightings to the day's checklist: Red Admiral, Texan Crescent, Pipevine Swallowtail, American Snout, Queen, Spring Azure, Sleepy Orange, Two-tailed Swallowtail, California Patch, Dainty Sulphur, Giant Swallowtail, Painted Lady, Elada Checkerspot and Common Buckeye. Editor's Note: Weekend birdwalks at BTA are included with daily admission of $9; Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton, and Richard Ditch as well, guide the next one Saturday April 20 at 8:30 a.m. Joanne Barr leads the season finale on April 28.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton; also Nathan Williams
Date: April 6, Saturday

Neotropic Cormorant at Ayer Lake was notable today -- unusual enough that its not even on BTA's standard bird checklist! We had four hummingbirds species: Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's and Anna's; also Hooded Oriole, Lincoln's Sparrow and Black-tailed Gnatcather. Also seen & heard today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Nathan Williams helped divide today's large crowd of 30 and lead a separate walk; additional species reported by Nathan and his group include 1 Zone-tailed Hawk (observed after the guided walk concluded); 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Golden Eagle -- Seen soaring over Picket Post twice. Presumably same individual. Eurasian Collared-Dove, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Gilded Flicker, 1 Dusky Flycatcher, 2 Say's Phoebe, 1 Western Kingbird, 1 Cassin's Vireo, 2 Purple Martin -- Much larger swallows than nearby rough-wingeds. Dark back, paler splotchy undersides; 1 Marsh Wren, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Hermit Thrush, European Starling, 3 Orange-crowned Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Great-tailed Grackle.
Editor's Note: Weekend birdwalks at BTA are included with daily admission of $9; Kathe Anderson and Marceline Vandewater guide the next one Sunday April 14 at 8:30 a.m.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: April 5, Friday

Today I noted: Gambel's Quail, 1 pair of Pied-billed Grebes, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Green Heron, 50+ Turkey Vultures, 1 pair of Cooper’s Hawks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Sora, Eurasian Collared-Dove, three doves (White-winged, Mourning, and nesting Inca), White-throated Swift, three hummingbirds (Broad-billed, Costa's, and Anna's), Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, 1 Gilded Flicker, Black and Say’s Phoebes, 1 female Vermilion Flycatcher, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell’s and Cassin’s Vireos, Common Raven, swallows (Violet-green, Northern Rough-winged, and 2 Cliff), Verdin, five wrens (Cactus, Rock, Canyon, Bewick’s, and 2 Marsh), 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers nest-building, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher (including young likely from the Demo Garden nest), European Starling with nestlings, Phainopeplas building or occupying nests, five wood-warblers (4 Orange-crowned, Lucy’s, 3 singing Yellow, numerous Yellow-rumped including 2 “Myrtle”, and 1 Common Yellowthroat singing at Ayer Lake), three towhees (Green-tailed, Canyon, and Abert’s), five sparrows (Rufous-crowned, Black-throated, Lincoln’s, Song, and White-crowned), Northern Cardinal, 1 male Lazuli Bunting (first of spring), Red-winged and Brewer’s Blackbirds, Hooded Oriole, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Holloway
Date: April 2, Tuesday

Hooded Oriole was notable Tuesday; possibly a 'first-of-season' sighting for BTA thus far this Spring. It was also rewarding to find 2 Gilded Flickers, and one-each of Zone-tailed Hawk, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo and Black-throated Gray Warbler. The BT-gray was near the Drover Shed, same place a visitor reported one the previous day. Tuesday was a day of fours - with four Wrens (Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon), four Sparrows (Rufous-crowned, Lincoln's, Song, White-crowned), four separate Dove species (Mourning, Eurasian Collared, White-winged, Inca) and four warblers: Orange-crowned, Lucy's, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow. Hummingbirds today included Broad-billed, Costa's and Anna's. Other birds on today's checklist were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (nesting); Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla (nesting), Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: April 1, Monday
, 2013
Great Blue Heron, Great-tailed Grackle and Red-winged Blackbird were at Ayer Lake; also seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: April 1, Monday

Vermilion Flycatchers appear to be nesting in the same spot as last year - I found a nesting female, with an attentive male nearby. Got a few notable "First of Season" sightings for BTA today including Ash-throated Flycatcher and Zone-tailed Hawk; the hawk was circling amongst the resident Turkey Vultures. A Bullock's Oriole was in the cottonwoods along Silver King Wash below Ayer Lake, a Hammond's Flycatcher was near Queen Creek -- and Mark Ochs and I both observed a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on her nest in a large Pistachio across from the Herb Garden. Others around the gardens Sunday were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Nathan Robert Williams
Date: March 30, Saturday

Neil and I spotted BTA's "first of Spring" Yellow Warbler Saturday morning, and two Tree Swallows were also notable - along with the more commonly-seen Northern Rough-wingeds and Violet-greens. Saturday was also good for flycatchers - we saw 1 Hammond's Flycatcher and 1 Dusky, and a Pacific-slope, plus 2 of the resident Black Phoebes and 4 Vermilion Flycatchers. Other birds seen and heard around the gardens included Gambel's Quail, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 50 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 3 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 2 White-winged Dove, 1 Mourning Dove, X Inca Dove, X Anna's Hummingbird, X Costa's Hummingbird, X Broad-billed Hummingbird, X Gila Woodpecker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, 1 Cassin's Vireo, 3 Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 3 Hermit Thrush, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 European Starling, Phainopepla, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, 12 Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, 1 Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 2 Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Weekend birdwalks at BTA are included with daily admission of $9; Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton guide the next one Saturday April 6 at 8:30 a.m.


From: Dave Pearson and Mark Ochs
Date: March 23, Saturday

Hammond's Flycatcher in the picnic area was our most notable bird Saturday, as well as one Western-type Flycatcher. Sapsuckers were noticeably absent - our only Woodpeckers today were Gila and Ladder-backed. Also seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow night Editor's Note: Weekend birdwalks at BTA are included with daily admission of $9; Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton guide a Saturday walk April 6 at 8:30 a.m.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 16, Saturday

In addition to many of the species reported by Craig below, our group observed an adult Golden Eagle, 1 Common Black-Hawk, White-throated Swifts, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bewick's and Marsh Wrens, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, and a stunning male Lawrence's Goldfinch. Before sunset, three Black-Hawks called and circled over the canyon for several minutes; then each glided to roost in the eucalyptus grove before the vultures descended in for the night Editor's Note: Weekend birdwalks at BTA are included with daily admission of $9; Kathe Anderson guides the Sunday walk March 24 at 8:30 a.m.


From: Craig Anderson
Date: March 16, Saturday

Both male and female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERs were seen on our guided bird walk this morning (John Ray saw the male); read recent reports below for detail about the typical locations to seek these birds. Lucy's Warblers are back, too! The previously-reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was also found again today - and, for contrast, Red-naped Sapsucker. Also seen and heard around the gardens on our guided bird walk were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove (one nest in the picnic area); Greater Roadrunner, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher (observed feeding young in their nest in the Demo Garden); European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 15, Friday
, 2013
Today I noted this spring's first Lucy's Warbler as well as: Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove (on nest), White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird (occupied and building nests), Gila Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, N. "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black and Say's Phoebes, Vermilion Flycatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren (nest-building), Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch (nest-building), and House Sparrow.


From: Babs Buck
Date: March 13, Wednesday

As of 4:45 pm Both male and female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERs remained in the same trees as previously reported over the past few days (see more detail about locations below). 1 Neotropic Cormorant, 1 Common Black-hawk and 3 Painted Redstarts were also notable! Others today include 1 Gambel's Quail, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 17 Turkey Vulture, 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Golden Eagle, 1 American Coot, 1 Rock Pigeon, 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 1 Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Williamson's Sapsucker -- Continuing rarity. Notes will be added later; 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Cassin's Vireo, 1 Hutton's Vireo, 7 Common Raven, 13 Verdin, 5 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren
1 Bewick's Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, 3 American Robin, 5 Northern Mockingbird, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher -- Two babies in nest; 2 European Starling, 8 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 4 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3 Painted Redstart -- Species not exceptional at this location, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 6 Abert's Towhee, 2 White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon); 2 Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided); 8 Northern Cardinal, 2 House Finch, 1 Lesser Goldfinch
. Editor's Note: Weekend birdwalks at BTA are included with daily admission of $9; Craig Anderson guides the Saturday walk March 16 at 8:30 a.m.


from: Paul Morris & Ron Bimrose
Date: March 12, Tuesday

Both male and female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERs was seen Tuesday in trees of the "Pine Loop" area - approximately the southeast side of the australian forest. We also had a Black-throated Gray Warbler today. Additional bird on our checklist include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher (on nest in cholla in the Demo Garden); Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: March 11, Monday

A male WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER was seen after lunchtime Monday foraging above 20-feet and hugging the trunks of the same pine trees frequented by the female Williamson's which was observed this morning -- and which has been seen here daily since March 2. Exciting! Watch for these birds in the pines near the bench and metal trash cans close to the stone labyrinth along the "pine loop" trail which borders the south side of the Australian forest (and check the big Caladinian Pine that's at the center of the palm grove nearby, too). If you don't see the sapsuckers, quietly walk the trails slowly and listen for the soft "tap-tap-tapping" as either of these birds pecks at sapsucker wells and pine tree bark. Also notable today were a half-dozen Turkey Vultures - and two parents tending an active Curve-billed Thrasher nest with at least one hatchling at the back end of the Demonstration Garden. Others birds today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk (two adults, vocal and interacting in the eucalyptus grove); American Coot, Eurasian collared-Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Red-shafted Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Weekend birdwalks at BTA are included with daily admission of $9; Craig Anderson is the special guest bird walk guide March 16 at 8:30 a.m.


From: Troy Corman
Date: March 10, Sunday

2 Pied Billed Grebe, 2 Turkey Vulture, 2 Golden Eagle, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Coot, 5 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 1 White-winged Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 3 White-throated Swift, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 8 Anna's Hummingbird (two occupied nests); 8 Gila Woodpecker, 1 female Williamson's Sapsucker, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (in the picnic area); 3 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 2 Violet-green Swallow, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 12 Verdin (occupied nest); 1 House Wren (by ear); 2 Bewick's Wren, 4 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 8 Hermit Thrush, 2 American Robin, 3 Northern Mockingbird, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, 2 Spotted Towhee, 1 Black-throated Sparrow (by ear); 2 Lincoln's Sparrow, 4 White-crowned Sparrow,12 Northern Cardinal, 2 Red-winged Blackbird, 10 House Finch, and 15 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: March 10, Sunday

My half of the 35+ participants on today's guided bird walk had 36 species; in the order I recorded them we found: Cactus Wren, Lesser Goldfinch, Curve-billed Thrasher, Verdin, Northern Cardinal, White-winged Dove, House Sparrow, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Anna's Hummingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, American Coot, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe, Marsh Wren, Violet-green Swallow, Phainopepla, Black Phoebe, Northern Mockingbird, Eurasian Collared Dove, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Abert's Towhee, Cooper's Hawk, Golden Eagle, Canyon Towhee, Common Raven, Williamson's Sapsucker, Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Inca Dove, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Costa's Hummingbird. A fine morning with good people, good weather, and good birds. Editor's Note: check out Rich's photo blog http://www.richditch.wordpress.com; Arboretum guided bird walks continue Saturday March 16 with Craig Anderson as our special guest bird walk guide.


From: John & Maria DeGrafft
Date: March 5, Tuesday

The female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER first reported by Carl Tomoff on March 2 has been reliably found daily since then-- and was observed most of Tuesday as she foraged around pine trees at the south side of the Australian eucalyptus grove at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. we observed the bird during morning and afternoon hours as she flew a circuit between several favorite pine trees -- including the massive Caladinian Pine in the palm grove where Carl Tomoff first spotted her. If you're seeking this bird, follow Carl's advice and quietly listen for the soft "tap-tap-tapping" as she works the sapsucker wells and bark of the pine trees. . Editor's Note: Guided bird walks continue Sunday March 10 with Phoenix Photographer Richard Ditch as our special guest bird walk guide. check out Rich's photo blog http://www.richditch.wordpress.com


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 3, Sunday

Both Williamson's and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were seen today as well as a single Lawrence's Goldfinch calling in flight over Ayer Lake. A pair of Cooper's Hawks called and displayed in the Eucalyptus Grove. Other species noted were: 2 Pied Billed Grebe, 2 Turkey Vulture, 1 American Coot, 4 cooing Eurasian Collared-Doves (one of which courted and mounted a female in the picnic area), 1 cooing White-winged Dove, 4 Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird (1 nesting in a pine near the Demonstration Garden wooden gazebo); 1 Costa's Hummingbird seen by BTA Groundskeeper Becky Noth in the Legume Garden; Gila Woodpecker, 4 Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 N. "Red-shafted" Flicker, a pair of Gilded Flicker (on the slope and ridge east of Ayer Lake), 2 pairs of Black Phoebe, 2 Say's Phoebe, 1 Cassin's Vireo, 2 Hutton's Vireo, numerous Common Raven, 1 Violet-green Swallow, 5 N. Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin (nest-building), Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, 2 American Robin, 6 Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 European Starling, Phainopepla, 3 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 20+ Yellow-rumped Warbler (including 1 "Myrtle"), 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 4 Spotted Towhee, 1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow, 2 Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Lincoln's Sparrow, 4 Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Guided bird walks continue Sunday March 10 with Phoenix Photographer Richard Ditch as our special guest bird walk guide. check out Rich's photo blog http://www.richditch.wordpress.com


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 2, Saturday
, 2013
Later in the afternoon on Saturday (following our morning guided bird walk) a female Williamson's Sapsucker drilled in the trunk of the tall Caladinian Pine in the Palm Grove; the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker reappeared near the Legume Garden, and 3 Turkey Vultures glided overhead before sunset. In addition to most of those listed in Troy's report below - other species found Saturday included an early White-winged Dove that cooed briefly, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and 1 Green-tailed Towhee. Our group watched a pair of soaring Golden Eagles, one chased by ravens; and before the walk began, I observed a flock of 14 Cedar Waxwings calling in flight overhead.


From: Troy Corman
Date: March 2, Saturday

Both Cassin's and Huttons vireos were seen on the guided bird walk this morning -- and 3 Lincoln's Sparrrows. Maybe our most dramatic sighting was the adult Golden Eagle soaring high above and south of the gardens - briefly hazed by a raven. 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Hutton's Vireo, and 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler. Other species included: 2 Pied Billed Grebe, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 American Coot, 2 Mourning Dove, 3 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 1 Inca Dove, 3 White-throated Swift, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 8 Anna's Hummingbird, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 4 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 4 Common Raven, 12 Verdin; with nest-building activity observed; 3 Bewick's Wren, 4 Cactus Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 5 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 8 Abert's Towhee, 1 Spotted Towhee, 2 Song Sparrow, 2 White-crowned Sparrow, 2 Dark-eyed Junco, (one each: Oregon and Pink-sided); 8 Northern Cardinal, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 12 House Finch, and 16 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 27, Wednesday

Highlights today included an adult Golden Eagle soaring over Arnett Canyon eventually harassed by a raven, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Hutton's Vireo, and 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler. The spring's first Cooper's Hawk called from the Eucalyptus grove. Other species included: Gambel's Quail, Pied Billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, 2 Violet-green Swallows, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Guided bird walks continue March 2 with Arizona Game & Fish avian expert Troy Corman - and also Prescott College Professor Carl Tomoff.


From: Dennis D. Rich
Date: February 26, Tuesday

Black-throated Gray Warbler was a fun subject to photograph Tuesday when I visited the Arboretum; also Red-naped Sapsucker. Broad-billed, Costa's and Anna's Hummingbird were present as were Pied-billed Grebe, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, and Great-tailed Grackle. Editor's Note: Guided bird walks continue March 2 with Arizona Game & Fish avian expert Troy Corman - and also Prescott College Professor Carl Tomoff.


From: Kathe Anderson & Nathan Williams
Date: February 24, Sunday

The previously reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was still here Sunday, still frequenting sapsucker wells in the ironbark and eucalyptus trees around the Australian Forest. Orange-crowned Warbler and Northern Rough-winged Swallow were notable today; plus a Sora at Ayer Lake. Other birds seen and heard around the gardens included Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, many Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Guided bird walks continue March 2 with Arizona Game & Fish avian expert Troy Corman - and also Prescott College Professor Carl Tomoff.


From: Andree Tarby
Date: February 17, Sunday

It was my privilege to lead author Robert Bateman and also acclaimed photographer David Reesor on a birdwalk Sunday; Scott Burge showed us the previously reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, once again in the same spot as it has been seen over the past month - working the sapsucker wells in the ironbark and eucalyptus trees on the east (left-hand) side of the main trail shortly after you turn into the Australian Forest just after walking through Silver King Wash. Weather was perfect, and other birds found included 6 Gambel's Quail, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Coot, 2 Mourning Dove, 6 Inca Dove, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 4 Anna's Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Common Raven, 5 Verdin, 3 Cactus Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 American Robin, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, 1 Spotted Towhee, 8+ White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, 4 Northern Cardinal, 6+ House Finch, many Lesser Goldfinch and 6+ House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Guided bird walks continue Feb. 24 with Kathe Anderson, and then March 2 with Arizona Game & Fish avian expert Troy Corman - and also Prescott College Professor Carl Tomoff.


From: Monette Zaugg & Craig Anderson
Date: February 16, Saturday
, 2013
We had 32 species. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found again in the same spot as usual - working the sapsucker wells in a eucalyptus tree on the east side of the main trail as you turn into the Australian Forest just after crossing Silver King Wash. Also: Gambel's Quail, Pied Billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus, Rock, Canyon Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned, Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon & Pink sided, Cardinal, House Finch, Lessor Gold Finch.


From: Joanne Barr and Mark Ochs
Date: February 10, Sunday

We had 2013's first Turkey Vulture sighting; the winter Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found again in the same spot as usual - working the sapsucker wells in a eucalyptus tree on the east side of the main trail as you turn into the Australian Forest just after crossing Silver King Wash. One Black-throated Gray Warbler was here, too. Wrens? We had 5! Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon & Marsh. Several American Robins were seen - and a Pyrrhuloxia was perched along the bank of Queen Creek near the back end of the Demonstration Garden. Other birds around the gardens included Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon and also Pink-sided varieties); Northern Cardinal, House Finch & Lesser Goldfinch. Guided bird walks continue Feb. 16 with Craig Anderson. Editor's note: Cindy West reported a Sora at Ayer Lake & two Green-Tailed Towhees in the Picnic Ground / Demonstration Garden vicinity Feb. 7.


From: ASU Professor Dave Pearson - plus a few Sunday sightings by Mark Ochs
Date: Saturday-Sunday, February 2-3

Editor's note: Mark Ochs reported a Sora at Ayer Lake and Gilded Flicker perched on utility wires above the lake Sunday; also one Green-tailed Towhee in the picnic area. ASU Professor Dave Pearson guided the Arboretum bird walk Feb. 2 and reported White-throated Swifts flying overhead; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Red-naped, too, along with Gila Woodpecker & Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker. Additionally, Dr. Pearson reported Red-tailed Hawks carrying nesting material at the eastern boundary along Queen Creek Canyon. Other birds around the gardens this weekend included Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund & additional sightings by Marceline Vandewater
Date: Monday January 21

Two Black-throated Gray Warbler were seen today - one was above the old Dodge truck at the Drover Shed; again near the edge of the eucalyptus trees as reported Saturday. Hutton's Vireo, Lincoln's Sparrow and American Robin were also notable, and a Green-tailed Towhee near the Demo Garden entrance. Also seen and heard were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladderbacked Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, , Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Marceline also reports these butterflies in the gardens today: Southern Dogface, Mexican Yellow, Sleepy Orange, Monarch, Americn Snout and Red Admiral. .


From: Mark Perkins & El Paso / Trans Pecos Audubon Society (Texas)
Date: Saturday January 19

A Black-throated Gray Warbler at the edge of the eucalyptus grove was a highlight today; also several 'First Of Season' Costa's Hummingbirds who have returned to join the resident Anna's and Broad-billeds. Weather was perfect for our group's visit - and we had excellent views of Red-naped Sapsuckers; also Gila and Ladderbacked Woodpecker, and Northern Red-Shafted Flicker. Also on today's checklist are Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: James P. Smith & BirdFinders Group from the U.K.
Date: Monday January 7

A Northern Parula, probably the one spotted on the Christmas Bird Count back on December 26, was in the Picnic Area today and also one Cassin's Vireo. While in the Picnic Area our group also had a dramatic view of a Golden Eagle being hazed by one of the resident Ravens. The previously reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found in the Eucalyptus grove and we heard a Plumbeous Vireo in the olive trees just past the Australian Forest. Other notables today include a Lincoln's Sparrow and one Green-tailed Towhee (both in the Demonstration Garden); 4 Red-naped Sapsuckers, 2 Spotted Towhees, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbirds and one Phainopepla.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Monday January 7
, 2013
A Green-Tailed Towhee easily visible on a trail in the Demonstration Garden was a bonus Monday morning; also Plumbeous Vireo. Other birds today were Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, and House Finch.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: January 6, Sunday
, 2013
Arguably the most exciting sighting today was a Golden Eagle soaring overhead and across Queen Creek towards Picketpost Mountain as our Sunday birdwalk group explored the Arboretum. We also had great views of a Plumbeous Vireo in the Chinese Pistachios across from the Herb Garden. Woodpeckers today included one Gilded Flicker near the large cottonwood tree in Silver King Wash between Ayer Lake and Highway 60; also 'Red-Shafted' Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker and also a Yellow-bellied Woodpecker (the latter was seen in the Red Gum area); Gila Woodpecker and Ladder-backed Woodpecker, too. Others seen and heard around the Arboretum today included Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-c rowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Mark Ochs and Joanne Barr
Date: January 1, Tuesday
, 2013
Our New Year's Day birdwalk group had great views of a Gilded Flicker perched and also flying over Silver King Wash just north of Ayer Lake; for contrast we also had the more commonly seen 'Red-Shafted' Northern Flickers, as well as both Red-naped and Yellow-bellied Woodpeckers, Gila Woodpecker and Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Other notables among 35 species found today included a Green-Tailed Towhee in the Demonstration Garden, Plumbeous Vireo - and one Black-throated Gray Warbler. Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal and House Finch.


From: Craig Fischer
Date: Thursday December 27
, 2012
One Northern Parula in the picnic area Wednesday was reported by Tyler Loomis & Cynthia Donald on the day that a team of birders canvassed the Arboretum during Superior's annual Christmas Bird Count. Also notable was one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the Australian Eucalyptus area, a Cassin's Vireo in the pistachio tree at the Canyon and Magma Ridge trail junction -- and a Green-tailed Towhee in the Demonstration Garden. Editor's Note: Joanne Barr & Mark Ochs guide a New Year's Day birdwalk at 8:30am Jan. 1; Joanne returns Sunday Jan. 6 to guide a birdwalk at 8:30.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: December 23, Sunday
, 2012
One Green-Tailed Towhee in the Demonstration Garden was a highlight today; also a Ring-necked Duck at Ayer Lake, and one Red-tailed Hawk circling overhead. Other birds today were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Joanne Barr and Mark Ochs will lead a New Year's Day bird walk at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013; Joanne returns to lead another birdwalk Sunday January 6.


From: Troy Corman
Date: November 25, Sunday
, 2012
One Black-throated Gray Warbler, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, one Hutton's Vireo and 2 Cedar Waxwings were our most notable finds today. Also on our guided birdwalk group checklist were 2 Gambel's Quail, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 American Coot, 1 Eurasian Collared Dove, 2 White-winged Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 15 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Northern Flicker (red-shafted); 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 5 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 4 Black Phoebe, 1 Hutton's Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 16 Verdin, 1 House Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 2 Rock Wren, 4 Canyon Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 15 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Hermit Thrush, 12 Northern Mockingbird, 5 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 13 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 12 Abert's Towhee, 1 Spotted Towhee, 20 White-crowned Sparrow, 8 Northern Cardinal, 7 House Finch, and 4 Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: Troy returns as our special guest birdwalk guide Saturday December 1 for the final 8:30 a.m. birdwalk of this year.


From: Matt Norris (Wild Bird Store birders' group - Tucson)
Date: November 18, Sunday
, 2012
Our group had great views of both rare birds that were reported Saturday (Orchard Oriole, and also the young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak); both were observed shortly after BTA opened – and each foraged in the same pistachio tree as yesterday: the one that's loaded with fruit and directly at left as you walk into the Picnic Area. Expect to see Red-naped Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and various other birds working this tree as well. A Cassin's Vireo was notable today, too, along with Green-tailed Towhee. Ayer Lake had Marsh Wren, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Black Phoebe. Other birds today included Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon); Northern Cardinal and House Finch, Editor's Note: guided birdwalks continue November 25 with Troy Corman from the Arizona Game & Fish Department as the guide.


From: Andree Tarby and Marceline VandeWater (Audubon/IBA Group)
Date: November 17, Saturday
, 2012
A female Orchard Oriole and a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak were both observed foraging in the pistachio tree immediately at left as you walk into the Picnic Area; these were observed by participants in the Arizona Audubon / Important Bird Areas group outing Saturday morning at the Arboretum. Also on today's checklist were 5 Gambel's Quail, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 American Coot, 2 Inca Dove, 4 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Anna's Hummingbird, 5 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Common Raven, 4 Verdin, 2 Cactus Wren, 2 Rock Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 2 Hermit Thrush, 2 American Robin, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 6 Abert's Towhee, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 8 White-crowned Sparrow, 4 Northern Cardinal, 3 House Finch, 2 Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: November 17, Saturday
, 2012
What better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Arizona Important Bird Area Program than by watching a new species for the Arboretum list, an ORCHARD ORIOLE! Then add an immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak among the throng of species feeding on pistachio berries in the picnic area and you've got quite a viewing party. Other birds that fed on berries included: Gila Woodpeckers, Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Northern "Red-shafted" Flickers, Verdins, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Hermit Thrushes, American Robins, Phainopepla, White-crowned Sparrows, and House Finches. Other birds seen or heard included: Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Cassin's Vireo, Common Raven, three wrens (Cactus, Bewick's, and House), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned and "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warblers, Green-tailed and Abert's Towhees, Northern Cardinal, and Lesser Goldfinch. Besides the Orchard Oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak that I first found before the early-morning bird walk, Sharp-shinned and Red-tailed Hawks, Say's Phoebe, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco, Pine Siskin, and House Sparrow were observed in the gardens, while Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, three other wrens (Rock, Canyon, and Marsh), and Song Sparrow were noted at Ayer Lake. Maurice Plant and Barbara Buck photographed the oriole. After our walk, volunteers from around the state who have helped in a variety of ways were recognized for their contributions to the outstanding IBA program sponsored by Arizona Audubon and Tucson Audubon Society. .


From: Kathe Anderson, Mark Ochs, Craig Anderson and Joanne Barr
Date: November 11, Sunday

An elusive Sora at Ayer Lake was a highlight of Sunday's guided birdwalk at the Arboretum; we also found a Cassin's Vireo in the Demonstration Garden, Cedar Waxwing - and a total of five Wren species: Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh. In addition to seeing the first few Chinese Pistachio trees and other Autumn foliage on an ideal Fall day, birds seen and heard around the gardens today include: Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cathy Wise, Jim Burns & Nathan Williams
Date: November 3, Saturday

A Greater Roadrunner looking down upon the birding group from a ridge above -- and a Cassin's Vireo seen in the Demonstration garden were two highlights from today's walk. Other birds seen and heard around the gardens included Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Joanne Barr; also Craig Anderson and Monette Zaugg
Date: October 28, Sunday

Gilded Flicker was notable today - one was seen in Queen Creek Canyon near the Herb Garden. Wintering birds found included Hermit Thrush, Spotted Towhee, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brewer's Sparrow and Pine Siskin. Also seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Joshua Theurer
Date: October 22, Sunday

Black-throated Gray Warbler, Pin Siskin and American Goldfinch were highlights; other birds today included Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: October 20, Saturday

Common Raven, Abert's Towhee, House Finch, Gila Woodpecker, Curve-billed Thrasher, Verdin, Phainopepla, White-crowned Sparrow, Anna's Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Canyon Wren, Northern Cardinal, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Mockingbird, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gambel's Quail, Lesser Goldfinch, Black Phoebe, Marsh Wren, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Song Sparrow, Rock Wren, Northern Flicker, Cactus Wren, Hermit Thrush, Bewick's Wren. EDITOR'S NOTE: check out Rich's photo blog http://www.richditch.wordpress.com


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: October 14, Sunday

Red-breasted Nuthatch, Western Wood-Pewee and also Marsh Wren were all notable today; other birds seen and heard included Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Magill Weber
Date: October 8, Monday

The Rufous-backed Robin was still present this morning, hopefully back for another winter. I saw it a handful of times between 8am and 10:30am in and around the Herb Garden and Chinese Pistachio grove, as well as on the trail west of the Herb Garden. It was skulky and seemed to be hiding in the dense brush across from the entrance to the Herb Garden. Otherwise fairly slow birding with a late Pac-Slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, several Hermit Thrushes, and a few Yellow-rumps. EDITOR'S NOTE: this report was excerpted from http://birding.aba.org/maillist/AZ


From: Cindy Marple
Date: October 6, Saturday

Birds seen and heard today included Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Virginia Warbler, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Dave Pearson, Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: September 22, Saturday

Green-winged Teal and Green Heron at Ayer Lake were notable today; Olive-sided Flycatcher, too. Other birds included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Photbe, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, five wrens (House, Bewick's, Cactus, Rock and Canyon; Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Wes Ringering with Del & Laura Hatton
Date: September 17, Monday

All three of us had great views of Blue-winged Warbler on Monday morning around 10:30am gleaning in the cottonwood trees at the west end of the Picnic Area, near the wooden fence that divides the picnic grounds from the Demonstration Garden. Inside the 'demo' garden we saw a MacGillvray's Warbler, Lazuli Bunting and also a female Black-headed Grosbeak all at the recently repaired Woodland Stream artificial water feature (just inside the cul-de-sac at left of the demo garden main entry path), while a female or immature Varied Bunting was perched above the bowl water feature at the south end of the demo garden. One Northern Waterthrush was at Ayer Lake (possibly the same one reported last week by Carl Tomoff) along with a Green Heron and one Western-scrub Jay. Other birds seen and heard today included Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, House Wren, Rock Wren, Phainopepla, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: September 7, Friday

A Northern Waterthrush at Ayer Lake was a surprise during this morning's walk under continuous sprinkling rainfall. Birds not recorded yesterday included: a Zone-tailed Hawk perched in the canyon, an Inca Dove cooing briefly in the picnic area, 2 Western Kingbirds above Ayer Lake, a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher in the Chihuahuan Garden, 2 transient Yellow Warblers, a female Blue Grosbeak in the canyon, a female Lazuli Bunting in thickets south of the picnic area, and Common Yellowthroats and Songs Sparrows at Ayer Lake. Later an attentive adult female Varied Bunting was accompanied by a calling immature bird in the same habitat south of the picnic area where a pair fledged young last summer. They also foraged on bristle grass near the Drover's Shed.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: September 6, Thursday

I found relatively few birds today during a quiet morning birding in the gardens. Most summer residents were gone. Only a few Yellow-breasted Chats but most Bell's Vireos and Summer Tanagers remained. Six pairs of Northern Cardinals still attended loudly calling young, while Lesser Goldfinches sang, displayed, and moved about in family flocks. I saw few migrants including: 2 Willow Flycatchers, 1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher, 4 Warbling Vireos, 1 House Wren, 3 Wilson's Warblers, 9 Western anagers, and 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks. Only a few Lark Sparrows flew overhead or visited Ayer Lake. Others observed included: Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds, Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Black Phoebe, Purple Martin, Common Raven, Verdin, four resident wrens (Cactus, Canyon, Rock, Bewick's), Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla (only a few), Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows, and House Finch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: August 15, Wednesday

On today's bird walk, an adult Cooper's Hawk perched on an open limb high in the eucalyptus grove. We watched a Zone-tailed Hawk on an ocotillo above the Cactus Garden, while a group of Lazuli Buntings fed in a bristle grass patch at the Australian Playa. A beautiful female MacGillivray's Warbler came into view at the waterfall in the Legume Garden. We noted at least two
juveniles among the display of adult Turkey Vultures on Magma Ridge. Later a vulture and a Zone-tailed Hawk flew over at the same time, allowing us to compare them. During our extended vigil at Ayer Lake, we saw a Green Heron, Black Phoebes, Song Sparrows, and Common Yellowthroats. A covey of Gambel's Quail scurried near the shore. A male Purple Martin and one N. Rough-winged Swallow swooped down to drink. A transient male Western Tanager landed in view. Numerous Lark Sparrows drank at the water's edge, a frequent event during their migration here. A bright male Lawrence's Goldfinch preened in full view after bathing with a group of Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches. After hearing a Greater Roadrunner calling for some time, we
spotted it silhouetted against the skyline high on a rock above the pond. Roadrunners are rarely seen in the gardens. A Red-tailed Hawk circled east of the pond. We watched Gila Woodpeckers, a Warbling Vireo, Phainopeplas, Western and Summer Tanagers, Verdins, and House Finches feed on pistachio berries in the olive grove. Then a Black-throated Sparrow popped into view on the nearby slope. Overall in flight we saw only one White-winged Dove, one Eurasian Collared-Dove, two European Starlings, and three immature Great-tailed Grackles. Transient Mourning Doves were common throughout the morning. Other birds noted during the walk included: one Inca Dove, Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds, Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Brown-crested Flycatcher, a kingbird, four wrens (Cactus, Canyon, Rock, and Bewick's), Curve-billed Thrasher, Bell's Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal, and Abert's Towhee. Before the walk began, two Yellow-headed Blackbirds left their marsh roost at Ayer Lake. Afterwards, an American Kestrel, Willow and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Cassin's and Western Kingbirds, Common Raven, Wilson's Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Hooded Oriole were noted.


From: Mark Ochs; additional reports by Vera Walters
Date: August 4, Saturday

Mark Ochs saw a vivid male Scott's Oriole in the Desert Legume Garden around 9:00 a.m. Saturday - flying perch-to-perch in trees that line Silver King Wash, approxiately behind the "rock wall waterfall" at the center of this garden. Vera Walters reported a Nashville Warbler was in the legume garden a short time prior to that - also Blue Grosbeak and Bullock's Oriole in other locations around the Arboretum. Other birds Mark saw and heard included: Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Purple Martin (both male and female skimming the surface of Ayer Lake to drink); Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Vera Walters adds: Canyon Wren (at least 3); Bewick's Wren, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow (flock of 5 at Ayer Lake); 2 Ash-throated and LOTS of Brown-crested Flycatchers, Cactus Wren, a family of 5 Warbling Vireos; 2 Inca Dove, and Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Editor's note: Craig Anderson will guide a bird walk at BTA Sunday August 12 at 6:30 a.m., included with daily admission of $9.


From: Jim & Judy Taylor
Date: July 20, Friday

The Varied Bunting was heard today but remained unseen; we were told John DeGrafft photographed this handsome male Thursday in the Demonstration Garden. A Gambel's Quail pair with several chicks was a highlight today; a lone
Desert Bighorn Sheep
was seen high on the ridge between Queen Creek and Arnett Creek around 9:00am (the photo linked here was also posted Thursdsay by John DeGrafft). Other birds seen and heard included: Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo (an early migrant); Purple Martin, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow (watch for a flock of these which water throughout the day at Ayer Lake); Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: Will Moore added Green Heron seen at Ayer Lake to the list above.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 13, Friday

Two transient Brewer's Sparrows stopped at Ayer with a flock of Lark Sparrows this morning. A Green Heron appeared. Two Black Phoebes that fledged on 12 July sat side-by-side among branches overhanging the water at the dam as their parents fed them. The Spotted Sandpiper that a foraging adult female Raccoon startled after sunset on Thursday had apparently continued on its migration. Also on Thursday, a male Lazuli Bunting stopped in the shade of the Hummingbird Garden. Orioles that feasted on prickly pear fruit in the Chihuahuan Gardens included a resident family of recently fledged young and a group of five Bullock's
Orioles of different ages. Numerous species are visiting the few ripe saguaro fruits that are available. Flocks of phainopeplas, a few Black-headed Grosbeaks, cardinals, and others continue plucking Desert Hackberry fruits. Perhaps in response to recent rains, two pairs of Inca Doves were observed courting, mutually preening, and sampling nest materials in the picnic/Demo area. Once abundant here, these birds have become scarce in recent years.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 10, Tuesday

A stunning Thick-billed Kingbird, north of its usual range, foraged at Ayer Lake yesterday before sunset. Although the kingbird didn't reappear today, transient swallows passed by, most drinking and plunge-bathing before passing on. Two Tree Swallows (which are uncommon and infrequently seen here), two Cliff Swallows, and one Violet-green Swallow complemented 2 apparent pairs of summering Purple Martins. Black Phoebes continued feeding nestlings as yellowthroat fledglings became louder. Roosting Yellow-headed Blackbirds fled the marsh and flocks of Lark Sparrows came in to water. A male Blue Grosbeak flew to the lake from the south, where one sang along the Queen Creek riparian area earlier in the week. An unexpected male American Kestrel perched atop the pine below the dam and a wandering Northern Mockingbird flew past. Elsewhere among the gardens, Verdins fed second brood young, while most Lucy's Warblers had left their nesting territories. Flocks of 4 to 16 birds flying rapidly overhead suggested that some White-winged Doves have started migration. In contrast, several pairs of local White-wings are still building nests. Most expected species were noted during the day.


From: Kathe Anderson & John DeGrafft
Date: July 8-9, Sunday-Monday

Editor's note: John DeGrafft reconfirmed and photographed the previously-reported Varied Bunting again Monday morning July 9 up at Ayer Lake; see more of John's photos at: https://picasaweb.google.com/tonto521
Kathe Anderson guided a walk at BTA Sunday and reported these highlights: Great Blue and also Green Herons were at Ayer Lake;
at least one of the two juvenile Coopers Hawks was seen near the Drover's Shed; and later perched at eye-level and close to the water fountain out front of the Smith Building. Great Blue and also Green Herons at Ayer's Lake were notable; other birds today included Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher,Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Northern Cardinal , Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 6, Friday

Since the light rain (0.10") on the Fourth of July, song and call rates of birds increased dramatically. Today Sonoran Desert Toads gathered to mate in the shallows of Ayer Lake and a Great Blue Heron returned. Northern Rough-winged and Cliff Swallows passed over, while a pair of Violet-green Swallows fed two mobile immature birds throughout the morning. Two first of the fall migrant Lark Sparrows visited Ayer as well. Others feeding young included Cooper's (two fledglings) and Red-tailed Hawks, Verdin, Lucy's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, and Lesser Goldfinch. Still nesting species included Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, and Lesser Goldfinch. White-winged Doves gathered nest materials. The highlight of the day was seeing an adult Peregrine Falcon carrying prey, accompanied by at least one immature incessantly calling in flight, while a third bird (possibly another immature or the adult male) wheeled about with the others before all flew out of view. Other birds noted today included: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, a pair of Zone-tailed Hawks, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, 2 Inca Doves, Broad-billed and Costa's Hummingbirds, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Brown-crested and Ash-throated Flycatchers, Black and Say's Phoebes, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Purple Martin, Common Raven, wrens (Cactus, Canyon, and Bewick's), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows, Blue Grosbeak, Brown-headed and Bronzed Cowbirds, House Finch, and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 3, Tuesday

Raucous Yellow-breasted Chats and Brown-crested Flycatchers greeted us, along with singing Bell's Vireos and Northern Cardinals, as we started our natural history walk this morning. Colorful Summer Tanagers feeding fledglings and a pair of Vermilion Flycatchers caught our eyes near the Legume Garden. Only a few butterflies were active, including Queen, Pipevine Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Mexican Yellow, and Empress Leilia. Soon after we reached Ayer Lake, a Red-tailed Hawk was harassed by Western Kingbirds above Magma Ridge. Red-eared Sliders basked as Common Yellowthroats "tchecked" from the marsh and stunning Purple Martins dipped to drink. The few Dragonflies we saw included Mexican Amberwing, Blue Dasher, Common Green Darner, and Blue-eyed Darner. (Later in the afternoon, one of the few amberwings was plucked out of the air by a darting Black Phoebe that carried it to nestlings under the viewing deck.) We were delighted to see an adult Peregrine Falcon perch on a rocky outcrop after circling over Ayer Lake. Near the end of the walk, we encountered one of two Cooper's Hawk fledglings at close range near the Drover's Shed. Other species seen or heard were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, White-winged and Mourning Doves, Broad-billed and Costa's Hummingbirds, Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Ash-throated Flycatcher, one Cliff Swallow, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus and Canyon Wrens, flocks of Phainopeplas, fledgling Yellow Warblers, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, and Brown-headed Cowbird. We noted family groups of House Finches, Lesser Goldfinches, Hooded Orioles, and House Sparrows. After the group dispersed, some birders found Lucy's Warblers and a pair of Blue Grosbeaks in the Demonstration Garden.


From: Mark Ochs
Date: June 23, Saturday

The male Varied Bunting previously reported over the past few weeks was seen in the Demonstration Garden again June 23; we also watched a Zone-tailed hawk soar over Queen Creek with dramatic views of Picket Post Mountain in the background. Various flycatchers today included Vermilion, Brown-crested and Ash-throated; Black Phoebe, too. Also notable were Black-chinned Hummingbird and Green Heron. Other birds seen and heard today included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Coopers Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Kathe Anderson, Joanne Barr and Steve & Joan Hosmer
Date: June 10, Sunday

Blue Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting were both found in the grassy area near the giant "Mr. Big" eucalyptus tree in the australian forest; there was also a Western Wood-Pewee calling repeatedly in the eucalyptus grove, and a nesting Vermilion Flycatcher pair. We had good looks at Gnatcatchers, 2 Blue-grays and 1 Black-tailed, also 1 'Western type' Flycatcher and a Black-chinned Hummingbird that was in the Demonstration Garden. Our bird walk group totalled 44 species today including 1 Gambel's Quail, 18 Turkey Vulture, 3 Coopers Hawk (one adult on her nest along with at least 2 hatchlings); 1 Eurasian Collared Dove, 6 White-winged Dove, 1 Inca Dove, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 1 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 3 Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 4 Bell's Vireo,2 Violet-green Swallow, 1 Purple Martin, 3 Verdin, 1 Bewick's Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 5 Phainopepla, 5 Lucy's Warbler, 3 Yellow Warbler, 5 Yellow-breasted Chat, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 7 Abert's Towhee, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 5 Northern Cardinal , 6 Great-tailed Grackle, 1 Hooded Oriole, 20 House Finch, 18 Lesser Goldfinch and 1 House Sparrow.


From: Nathan Williams & Bari Greenfeld
Date: June 9, Saturday

Good day for swallows - while in the cactus garden we saw Purple Martins soaring overhead, also Tree Swallow and Northern Rough-winged; and White-throated Swifts as well (plus female Summer Tanager as we walked up to the lake). Good day for flycatchers as well - we had a Pacific-slope Flycatcher as well as Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Western Kingbird. Other birds around the gardens today included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Coopers Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, MourningDove, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo,Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Lucy's Warbler , Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal , Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Fonda & Scott Christopher
Date: June 2, Saturday

A Varied Bunting in the eucalyptus grove may have been the same vivid male reported (and photographed by Brendon Grice) earlier this week -- this was a highlight at BTA today, along with 2 Blue Grosbeaks also seen in the eucalyptus grove - low in trees/bushes and on the ground foraging in grassy areas. Western Wood-Pewee, Black-headed Grosbeak , Hooded Oriole and Broad-billed Hummingbird were other highlights Saturday - also on our list were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe (an adult feeding a fledgling on the shore of Ayer Lake); Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Hermit Thrush (on the ground in the eucalyptus grove); Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler (fledging being fed by an adult in the Cactus Garden); Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Western Tanager (again - in the eucalyptus grove); Northern Cardinal (fledgling in a bush near the picnic area); Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, and House Finch. EDITOR'S NOTE: Kathe Anderson and Joanne Barr guide a bird walk at BTA on June 10, Sunday, starting at 6:30 am and included with daily admission of $9.


From: Alex and Sonja Grant - with additional sightings by Joanne Barr and Ann Givey
Date: May 27, Sunday

Good day for Hummingbirds - we had Broad-billed, Anna's, Black-chinned and Costas; we saw a probable Pacific-slope Flycatcher, a Spotted Sandpiper up at Ayer Lake -- and fledgling Black Phoebes! Also seen and heard today were 4 Gambel's Quail, Great Blue Heron and Green Heron at Ayer Lake; Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. This goes back a few weeks, but when I was here May 13 I saw a male Purple Martin at Ayer Lake. Joanne Barr and Ann Givey added these sightings from Sunday, too: Common Yellowthroat at Ayer lake, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and Warbling Vireo in the Demonstration Garden; Cooper's Hawk calling in the eucalytus forest; Black-headed Grosbeak, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Red-tailed Hawk soaring overhead -- and had a wonderful sighting of a Zone-tailed Hawk about 8am on cliffs not far from where the turkey vultures were starting to take off.  The Zone-tailed stayed for quite a while before taking off and circling. We saw a Ash-throated Flycatcher near herb garden, too.
Editor's note: Kathe Anderson and Joanne Barr will lead a bird walk here June 10, Sunday, at 6:30 am.


From: Fonda & Scott Christopher
Date: May 19, Saturday

Both Indigo and Lazuli Bunting were in the gardens May 19 and a few other highlights among 44 species found Saturday include Green Heron, Great Horned Owl, Western Wood-Pewee and Wilson's Warbler. Also seen and heard (in the order they're on BTA's checklist) were Gambel's Quail, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: Kathe Anderson leads a bird walk here June 10, Sunday, at 6:30 am.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 13, Sunday

A handsome male Scott's Oriole singing loud and clear in back of the BTA visitor center was a great way to start Sunday's guided bird walk -- and shortly after that, around 7am, we had a five-minute view of a stationary male Lazuli Bunting perched and warming up in early morning sunlight at the west side of the Demonstration Garden. Cassin's Vireo, was another highlight too. An Olive-sided Flycatcher reported on the NAMC count Saturday was seen again today in the Demo Garden by Joyce Goodman. Joyce also separately reported Chipping Sparrow and Warbling Vireo. Wes Ringering reported a Pyrrhuloxia in the Demo Garden; we found two active hummingbird nests in tamarisk trees in the picnic area, and the Great Horned Owl which nested in high up in a west-facing cliff cave below and south of Picketpost Mansion has two fluffy owlets; you can see them if you look eastwards from the wooden shade ramada on the main trail. A Spotted Sandpiper was on Ayer Lake; also Green Heron, Great Blue heron, and Black Phoebe. Other birds on our checklist were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasion Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costas's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher (watch for a nesting pair in the eucalyptus forest); Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren,Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 12, Saturday

After searching the Oak Flat area as a participant in the North American Migration Count today, I surveyed riparian and desert habitats east of the Arboretum for 2 ½ hours and tallied: 6 Gambel's Quail, 20 Mourning Doves, 1 Greater Roadrunner, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Black-chinned Hummingbirds, 2 Gila Woodpeckers, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, 1 Gilded Flicker, 1 Western Wood-Pewee, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 1 Hammond's Flycatcher, 1 Gray Flycatcher, 1 Dusky Flycatcher, 1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher, 1
Back Phoebe, 12 Vermilion Flycatchers, 10 Ash-throated Flycatchers, 7 Brown-crested Flycatchers, 8 Bell's Vireos, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 1 Cassin's Vireo, 9 Warbling Vireos, 2 Common Ravens, 1 Cliff Swallow, 13 Verdins, 8 Cactus Wrens, 6 Bewick's Wrens, 1
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopeplas, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 14 Lucy's Warblers, 16 Yellow Warblers, 7 "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 2 MacGillivray's Warblers, 3 Common Yellowthroats, 8 Wilson's Warblers, 5 Yellow-breasted Chats, 3 Summer Tanagers, 8 Western Tanagers, 6 Abert's Towhees, 1 Canyon Towhee, 4 Black-throated Sparrows, 4 Song Sparrows, 6 Northern Cardinals, 1, Pyrrhuloxia, 13 Black-headed Grosbeak, 10 Lazuli Buntings, 6 House Finches, 6 Lesser Goldfinches, 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds, 2 Hooded Orioles, and 1 Bullock's Oriole.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 11, Friday

I saw a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak before sunset near Ayer Lake, where a pair of Green Herons and a Great Blue Heron stalked the shallows while Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows, and a raucous Great-tailed Grackle sang and courted. A pair of Black Phoebes darted about as a few Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged Swallows swirled over the water. Other birds noted in the gardens during the afternoon included: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk at its nest, a pair of Zone-tailed Hawks, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, a pair of Vermilion Flycatchers, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (oriantha), Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Scott's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Tom Ziebell
Date: April 30, Monday

A flock of at least a dozen Lark Sparrows were drinking water at the edge of Ayer Lake Monday morning -- until a big flock of 50 or more Lark Buntings flew in. Also at Ayer Lake were two Green Herons, as well as Common Yellowthroat, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Red-winged Blackbird and Great-tailed Grackle. Monday was productive for hawks: I saw Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed and also Red-tailed. Four hummingbird species were here (Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's and Anna's), and a good variety of sparrows (Black-throated, Song and White-crowned), and also Warblers (Lucy's, Yellow-rumped, Wilson's and Yellow-breasted Chat). White-breasted Nuthatch was notable; so was Bronzed Cowbird and also one American Goldfinch - easily distinguished from Lesser Gondfinches. Also on my checklist were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: April 28, Saturday

A diverse array of transients joined residents and returning summer birds for a total of 87 species observed today. A Solitary Sandpiper and two Spotted Sandpipers teetered along the shores at Ayer Lake where the continuing female Ruddy Duck floated about as single Great Blue and Green Herons stalked the shallows. Six Violet-green Swallows, two Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and two White-throated Swifts dipped at the water's surface, while Black Phoebes and Phainopeplas darted near the water. A Great-tailed Grackle vociferously advertised his presence to a few females; Song Sparrows and Common Yellowthroats also sang from the marsh. Lark Buntings and Lark Sparrows in flocks totaling over 100 birds each drank at the west shore, with several pausing long enough to bathe. A bright male Black-and-white Warbler foraged on willow trunks along the native riparian area below Picket Post House. Other migrating warblers included: 6 Orange-crowned, 1 Nashville, 1 Virginia's, several Yellow, 15+ "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped, 1 Black-throated Gray, 3 MacGillivray's, and 12 Wilson's. Numerous Lucy's Warblers, a few Yellow Warblers, and 3 Yellow-breasted Chats all sang from their territories. The spring's first male Western Tanager searched through eucalyptus foliage near a loudly singing Black-headed Grosbeak. A few Bronzed Cowbirds had arrived. Other migrants included: 1 male Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 2 Dusky and 2 Pacific-slope Flycatchers, single Plumbeous, Cassin's , and Warbling Vireos, 1 Barn Swallow, 2 House Wrens, 2 relatively late Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Northern Mockingbird, flocks of 12 and 45-50 Cedar Waxwings, a few Chipping and Brewer's Sparrows, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, several White-crowned Sparrows (including some dark-lored race), 6 Lazuli Buntings, 1 male Bullock's Oriole, and 1 Scott's Oriole. A Cooper's Hawk settled low in the nest used last year near the Drover's Shed. A Zone-tailed Hawk cruised over the canyon and a Peregrine Falcon sped over Queen Creek before sunset as vultures settled into their eucalyptus roost.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: April 22, Sunday

Golden Eagle soaring overhead was notable, we had great looks at a Summer Tanager - and saw Cedar Waxwings in the Demonstration Garden, and Lark Sparrows. A Ruddy Duck on Ayer Lake was also unusual. Also on our checklist were Turkey Vulture, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Eurasion Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren,Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher (an active nest with nestlings in the Joshua Tree in the CActus Garden!) ; Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: ASU Prof. Dave Pearson
Date: April 21, Saturday

The ASU ornithology class visited Boyce Thompson Arboretum this morning 7-11:30 am. Among the 66 species we found, the most notable included a late male COMMON MERGANSER on the lake, Zone-tailed Hawk flying in among Turkey Vultures, a BAND-TAILED PIGEON, a female Broad-tailed Hummingbird, a single Barn Swallow over the lake, and 8 species of warblers (Orange-crowned, Black-throated Gray, MacGillivrays, Wilsons, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, and Yellow-breasted Chat). We refound the female Olive Warbler in a pine in the herb garden that Rich Ditch and Mark Ochs had found earlier in the morning. Other than Ash-throated Flycatcher, the flycatcher migrants have not yet made much of an appearance. Notable by their absence were Black-headed Grosbeaks, buntings, and Western Tanagers.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: April 21, Saturday

Turkey Vulture, House Sparrow, House Finch, Bell's Vireo, Mourning Dove, White-crowned Sparrow, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, Lesser Goldfinch, Lark Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Cactus Wren, Lucy's Warbler, Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Yellow-breasted Chat, Brown-headed Cowbird, Verdin, Summer Tanager, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Curve-billed Thrasher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, White-winged Dove, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Canyon Wren, Phainopepla, Hooded Oriole, Vermilion Flycatcher, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Ruddy Duck, Great-tailed Grackle, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Black Phoebe, Barn Swallow. A female Olive Warbler was seen by only a couple of participants.


From: Marceline Vandewater and Joanne Barr
Date: April 8, Sunday

Seeing a Ruddy Duck diving and foraging on Ayer Lake was unusual -- we also had Brewer's Blackbird and Red-winged Blackbird and Great Blue Heron at the lake. Brewer's Sparrow was notable, and the Black-headed Grosbeak we saw Easter Sunday morning marked our bird walk group's "first of season" sighting for BTA. We also had one empidonax flycatcher, possibly a Hammond's -- one was reported April 3 by Jim & Betsy Walker -- but not confirmed today for certain. Some participants on our birdwalk would say the most exciting sighting was not a bird - but a big, healthy Gila Monster out waddling along near the entrance to the Chihuahuan trail. Other birds today included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher doing it's display flight above Silver King Wash:-)!, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (singing upstream along Queen Creek), Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Butterfly numbers and variety were up today, too; we saw Pipevine Swallowtail, Two-talied Swallowtail, Mexican Yellow, Orange Sulphur, Queen, Monarch, Dainty Sulphur, Viceroy, American Snout, Spring Azure, Cloudless Sulphur, Marine Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Empress Leilia, Gulf Fritillary, Tiny Checkerspot, Checkered White, Sleepy Orange, Duskywing w/white fringe, Fiery Skipper and Variable Checkerspot. EDITOR'S NOTE: Richard Ditch guides the next bird walk April 21 at 8:30 a.m., and then Joanne Barr will lead the month's final bird walk April 22. .


From: Kathe Anderson with Jim and Betsy Walker, and John Ray
Date: April 7, Saturday

Lazuli Bunting near the Suspension Bridge up in Queen Creek Canyon was a first-of-season notable sighting Saturday for our bird walk group; Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Hooded Oriole were also notable. Other birds today included Gambel's Quail, one Great Blue Heron at Ayer Lake; Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Eurasion Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Lynn Hassler, Clive Green and Mary Jean Hage - with additional sightings by Jane Wicklund
Date: April 2, Monday

Cassin's Vireo was notable today, a rarity at the Arboretum - in fact today's report is the first since one year ago! Cliff Swallow was notable, too, as well as Black-throated Gray Warbler. Arboretum volunteer Jane Wicklund separately reported Eurasion Collared Dove, White-winged Dove (first-of-season), Chipping Sparrow and Brewer's Sparrow - and observed the resident Cooper's Hawk pair mating, and one carrying a stick to their nest in a tall pine tree above the stone labyrinth just west of the eucalyptus grove. Other birds seen and heard today included Gambel's Quail, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: Kathe Anderson guides the next bird walk April 7 at 8:30 a.m., and then Marceline Vandewater and Joanne Barr lead an Easter Sunday bird walk April 8.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: March 26, Monday

Four species of Hummingbirds Monday included Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's & Anna's; I also found three Wrens - Marsh up at Ayer Lake as well as Cactus and Canyon. Other birds in the gardens were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: Kathe Anderson guides the next bird walk April 7 at 8:30 a.m., and then Marceline Vandewater and Joanne Barr lead an Easter Sunday bird walk April 8.


From: ASU Prof Dave Pearson ( additional sightings by Heather Bateman & Jim Walker)
Date: March 24, Saturday

At least one Fox Sparrow continues to be here, a rufous Fox Sparrow was seen and heard in about the same spot the Slate-colored one was reported back on March 11. We had a few first-of-season sightings on today's Welcome Back Buzzards day bird walk including Orioles; a Bullock's was seen and a Scott's was heard. Yellow Warblers are back as of this week, and Green-tailed Towhee was also notable. Also seen and heard around the gardens were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. ASU's Heather Bateman and Jim Walker added these species to today's tally: Pied-billed Grebe, Mourning Dove, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Song Sparrrow.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton (with additional sightings by Heather Bateman)
Date: March 17, Saturday

A Neotropic Cormorant at Ayer Lake was notable Saturday - this species does not appear on the BTA checklist, and may be a first for the Arboretum. Our guided bird walk group did not see a Golden Eagle, but one circling over the Arboretum was separately reported by Brendon Grice. We did see a Common Black-Hawk soaring high and west of BTA, also one White-throated Sparrow observed just west of the Herb Garden; other notables were Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cliff Swallow, Bell's Vireo and Vermilion Flycatcher. Additional birds seen and heard in the gardens today (listed in the order they appear on BTA's checklist) include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Great-Horned Owl, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. ASU's Heather Bateman was leading her ornithology students on a separate walk and added these species to the list: Gambel's Quail, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bewick's Wren and Marsh Wren.


From: Troy Corman & Marceline VandeWater
Date: March 11, Sunday

A Slate-colored Fox Sparrow was seen below thick shrubs of the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden Sunday morning; our guided bird walk group saw two Golden Eagles circling high over the gardens - and one Common Blackhawk flying above Queen Creek at the easternmost end of the Arboretum main trail. Turkey Vultures are returning from their winter territories just in time for BTA's annual "Welcome Back Buzzards" festival on March 24; today we counted nearly 20 circling overhead at 9am. A Great Horned Owl, presumably a female on her nest, was also observed in the rhyolite cliffs at the east end of the park. Other notable Sunday sightings include Sharp-shinned Hawk, 25 White-throated Swift, 6 Violet-green Swallow, and 25 Red-winged Blackbird. Ayer Lake had 1 Marsh Wren, 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 3 American Coot. Other birds seen and heard in the gardens today included 1 Gambel's Quail, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Mourning Dove, 2 Inca Dove, 4 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Costa's Hummingbird, 15 Anna's Hummingbird, 5 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, 3 Common Raven, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 15 Verdin, 2 Bewick's Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, 1 American Robin, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, 1 Spotted Towhee, 1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 10 Northern Cardinal, 10 House Finch and 30 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 9-10, Friday-Saturday

Highlights included a singing male Lucy’s Warbler and a male Lawrence’s Goldfinch near the old Pinal Site east of the Arb on March 9.  The spring’s first Bell’s Vireo sang briefly from mesquites near Ayer Lake on March 10.  A Common Yellowthroat continued at Ayer marsh where Pied-billed Grebes are thought to be nesting.  Fourteen Turkey Vultures settled into their Eucalyptus roost on March 8.  At least eight female Anna’s Hummingbirds fed fledglings, while others occupied nests.  Broad-billed and Costa’s Hummingbirds appeared to have increased in numbers.  A male Vermilion Flycatcher visited the picnic area on March 9 and sang in the Eucalyptus grove near the Legume Garden on March 10.  Violet-green Swallows increased in number each day; a group of four N. Rough-winged Swallows foraged over Ayer Lake.  One White-throated Sparrow scratched in litter at the olive grove.  At least two Slate-colored Fox Sparrows remained at the Hummingbird Garden/Picnic area complex, occasionally bursting into melodious song.  Green-tailed, Spotted, and Abert’s Towhees also foraged there.  Anna’s Hummingbirds, Lesser Goldfinches, and House Finches sang and courted conspicuously throughout the gardens


From: Troy Corman
Date: March 4, Sunday

The annual "Welcome Back Buzzards" festival at Boyce Thompson Arboretum is March 24; on today's bird walk we spotted the First-Of-Season Turkey Vulture perched in the eucalyptus grove. Pine Siskins, one Gilded Flicker and a Green-tailed Towhee were also highlights for our weekly bird walk group. Brendon Grice was with us and reported seeing a Fox Sparrow in the picnic area, too. other sparrows included one Rufous-crowned and 5 White-crowned, a Canyon Towhee and 8 Abert's Towhee were here, and one Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided race). Ayer Lake had 2 Marsh Wren, 2 Pied-billed Grebe and 3 American Coot. Other birds seen and heard in the gardens today included 5 Gambel's Quail, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 3 White-throated Swift, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 4 Costa's Hummingbird, 15 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 15 Verdin, 3 Bewick's Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 5 Hermit Thrush, 1 American Robin, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 1 Phainopepla, 3 Orange-crowned Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 12 Northern Cardinal, 8 House Finch (one observed building a nest) and 20+ Lesser Goldfinch, with more nest-building activity.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 27, Monday

Highlights this morning included the spring’s first male Vermilion Flycatcher and Lucy’s Warbler near Ayer Lake; another Vermilion Flycatcher was later seen along Queen Creek and in the picnic area.  An early Ash-throated Flycatcher called in the desert west of the gardens


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 26, Sunday

Today was a beautiful, mild, spring-like day. We watched striking flight displays of Lesser Goldfinches and a male Phainopepla. We saw Anna's Hummingbirds feed nestlings and peered into a nest that held tiny young that had hatched yesterday and this morning. We listened to a brightly colored male House Finch sing while holding fine fibers, as if waiting to transfer them to his mate. We noted variability in nest placement by Verdins and found an old Bell's Vireo nest suspended from a forked branch. We noticed a Hermit Thrush snatch a red Heteromeles berry at the entrance to the Demo Garden where Song and Lincoln Sparrows foraged. We also saw or heard: Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, singing Cactus and Bewick's Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, and Northern Cardinal. We finished at Ayer Lake noting a Pied-billed Grebe, 3 American Coots, and a pair of Black Phoebes while listening for Marsh Wrens. A Northern Rough-winged Swallow dipped to drink from the pond's surface as motionless Red-eared Pond Sliders basked in the sun. Later a small group of us watched a soaring Golden Eagle after seeing a Lesser Goldfinch shaping her nest in the Demo Garden. Steve and Joan Hosmer found a Hutton's Vireo on a nest in early stages of construction. Other birds I noted before or after the walk included: Gambel's Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, Costa's Hummingbird, N. "Red-shafted" Flicker, Common Raven, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, American Robin, Common Yellowthroat, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Slate-colored Fox Sparrow, "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco, and House Sparrow.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: February 26, Sunday

It was a beautiful drive from Mesa to the Arboretum, with penstemon joining lupines, brittlebush, globe mallow and poppies along the way. We listened to agitated Marsh Wren scolding us from the cattails up at Ayer Lake. Our group enjoyed seeing three active Anna's Hummingbird nests, one right along the main trail and just east of the Smith Building. Other birds heard and seen today included American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: Arizona Game And Fish Department researcher Troy Corman leads the Arboretum bird walks at 8:30 a.m. March 3 and also March 11.


From: Richard Ditch and John Ray
Date: February 18, Saturday

An American Kestrel and a Golden Eagle reported by John Ray and Richard Ditch were among highlights of the Saturday guided bird walk at BTA; also Broad-bileld and Costa's Hummingbirds; also Red-naped Sapsucker and Lincoln's Sparrow. Other birds (reported in the order they were encountered on the walk) include House Sparrow, Cactus Wren, Northern Cardinal, Gila Woodpecker, House Finch, Anna's Hummingbird, Gambel's Quail, Northern Mockingbird, Lesser Goldfinch, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Abert's Towhee, Phainopepla, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Rock Wren, Red-naped Sapsucker, Common Raven, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Wren. John also had Mourning Dove, Black Pheobe, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 12, Sunday

We had a bright, crisp morning for the bird walk today. We began with a brilliant male Northern Cardinal singing near the Visitor Center, as a pair of Cactus Wrens danced atop a Saguaro and a Ladder-backed Woodpecker perched in an ocotillo. A wintering Fox Sparrow sang melodiously out of view only a few feet away, hidden in dense shrubbery of the Hummingbird Garden. As we observed sapsucker wells in the vicinity of the Smith Building, we watched nearby hummingbirds, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and an Orange-crowned Warbler, all species that visit wells. Soon we found a male Red-naped Sapsucker tapping in full view. As we entered the picnic area, a slow-moving Hutton's Vireo allowed us to compare its plumage and foraging behavior with the kinglet we had observed. A Green-tailed Towhee slipped up into the sunshine against the white trunk of the sycamore before dashing under dense cover where it "mewed" distinctively. A male Phainopepla approached a perched female, displayed in flight, and chased off another male. We saw an active Anna's Hummingbird nest in the Demo Garden and heard a Spotted Towhee's distinctive calls. In the Cactus Garden we noted a Curve-billed Thrasher's nest used last year and contrasted it with the domed nests of Verdins. At Ayer Lake, a pair of Pied-billed Grebes courted briefly; an apparent pair of American Coots scooted about the surface, accompanied by another. Marsh Wrens and Song Sparrows called from dense cover and a Black Phoebe darted over the water and shorelines, while Rock and Canyon Wrens called from Magma Ridge. Then two Northern Rough-winged Swallows circled over the area, reminding us of all the neotropical migrants soon to arrive.
Indications that the breeding season was underway included robust singing by Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, Cactus Wrens, and Northern Cardinals. For some, courtship had begun: goldfinches fluttered and flashed brightly against the blue sky, and male Anna's Hummingbirds displayed. Verdins carried nest materials and one was building a nest. Other birds seen or heard during the walk included: Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, and House Sparrow. Later in the day, a Black-throated Gray Warbler near the lake may have been the same bird heard in the Hummingbird Garden. On Feb 11, four female and three male Ring-necked Ducks rested at Ayer Lake and a Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet called as it moved from the Olive Grove into the Eucalyptus/Pine Loop area.


From: Jim Burns
Date: February 12, Sunday

The season's first returning Northern Rough-winged Swallows was a highlight on an otherwise slow day birding - others seen and heard around the gardens include Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Rock Pigeon, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, , Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon form); Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch . Read about Jim and view images from the Jim Burns photography exhibit


From: Cathy Wise
Date: February 4, Saturday
, 2012
A Fox Sparrow singing boisterously along the row of shrubs between the hummingbird garden and the picnic area was a surprise today; other sparrows seen included Lincoln's, Song and White-crowned, and their allies Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon); Spotted Towhee and Abert's Towhee. Pyrrhuloxia near the hummingbird garden was a find, and birds at Ayer Lake included 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 3 American Coot, Marsh Wren and one Black Phoebe. Other birds today were Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern 'Red-Shafted' Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: guided bird walks continue February 12 with Scottsdale author Jim Burns and also Precott College Prof. Carl Tomoff as our special guest bird walk leaders for an 8:30 AM walk.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: January 16, Monday
, 2012
Golden-crowned Kinglets were foraging in trees near the Smith Building entry, our most exciting find other than Pyrrhuloxia and Canyon Towhee on a Monday morning punctuated by rain. Weather suppressed bird activity but others we saw include Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake; Cooper's Hawk, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon); Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. EDITOR'S NOTE: guided bird walks resume February 4 with Cathy Wise and John Ray leading an 8:30 AM walk.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: January 15, Sunday
, 2012
Crissal Thrasher was a highlight today - and I found five-of-six likely wrens including Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh. A flock of Western Bluebirds foraging along Queen Creek Canyon at the east end of the main trail, down below Picket Post Mansion - was also a rare sighting for BTA. Lincoln's Sparrow was seen with a small group of White-crowneds, Dark-eyed Juncos, Hermit Thrush and Song Sparrow near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden. Other birds seen and heard around the Arboretum gardens were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Eurasian Collared Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Despite gray skies and a mid-January date, several butterflies were also seen: Monarch (2 individuals); Red Admiral, Mexican Yellow, American Snout and Spring Azure. Editor's Note: Joanne Barr will lead a special bird walk on Monday, January 16, also starting at 8:30 am from the visitor center lobby.


From: Rick Wright and Darlene Smyth
Date: January 12, Thursday
, 2012
The handsome red Fox Sparrow reported Sunday was seen again in the same place Thursday - near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden, and observed several times during the "Bird Sit" event that Darlene and I lead at the Arboretum. We also saw a striking chocolate-brown "Montana" race Song Sparrow in this same area, Lincoln's and White-crowned Sparrows, and one Hermit Thrush. Shortly after 8:30 AM when the Bird Sit began we started in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden and almost immediately had fine views of an Orange-crowned Warbler competing at one of the nectar feeders with hungry Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds. Gila Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher and Lesser Goldfinch were all seen in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden as well. Other birds seen and heard Thursday include a Green-tailed Towhee, Gambel's Quail, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Northern Cardinal and House Finch. EDITOR'S NOTE: Joanne Barr will lead a special bird walk on Monday, January 16, also starting at 8:30 am from the visitor center lobby.


From: Jim Kopitzke
Date: January 8, Sunday
, 2012
Two Fox Sparrows were near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden Saturday morning: one was red, the other slate-colored. Green-tailed Towhee was notable, also a small flock of Bushtits in the riparian area. Warblers today included both Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped (Audubon's). Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds worked the nectar feeders in the Hummingbird Garden and other birds seen and heard included Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: January 1, Sunday
, 2012
Two Common Yellowthroats previously reported December 18 and 26 were observed again this morning at Ayer Lake; our bird walk group also had good views of a Hutton's Vireo. Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake (also three Ring-necked Ducks observed late in the day, hours after the bird walk by a BTA staffer); also a Red-tailed Hawk perched on the magma cliffs in Queen Creek Canyon. Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds were in the Hummingbird Garden, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, and Gila Woodpecker were all vocal and accounted for, too (Common Raven as well). Others today included Black Phoebe, Verdin, four Wren species (Cactus, Rock, Canyon, and Marsh at Ayer Lake); also Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon); Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Craig Fischer - and Christmas Bird Count Volunteers
Date: December 26, 2011

I'd like to thank 18 volunteers from as far away as Ontario, Washington and California who participated in the Arboretum section of the Superior Christmas Bird Count; a few of the more notable sightings were one Rufous-backed Robin near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden, two Common Yellowthroat at Ayer Lake, a Black-chinned Hummingbird, Gilded Flicker, 2 Crissal Thrasher, 37 Western Bluebird -- and 2 Golden Eagles observed soaring over Arnett Canyon. Species and totals were: 31 Gambel's Quail, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 5 Red-tailed Hawk, 3 American Kestrel, 1 Sora, 3 American Coot, 1 Rock Pigeon, 4 Mourning Dove, 8 Inca Dove, 2 Great-horned Owl (a vocal pair heard calling pre-dawn in Queen Creek east of BTA); 6 White-throated Swift, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 38 Anna's Hummingbird, 57 Gila Woodpecker, 18 Northern Flicker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 15 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 7 Black Phoebe, 2 Say's Phoebe, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 2 Western Scrub-Jay, 3 Common Raven, 53 Verdin, 1 House Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren, 25 Cactus Wren, 32 Rock Wren, 19 Canyon Wren, 4 Marsh Wren, 52 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 12 Hermit Thrush, 2 American Robin, 17 Northern Mockingbird, 18 Curve-billed Thrasher, 11 Cedar Waxwing, 38 Phainopepla, 3 Orange-crowned Warbler, 3 Green-tailed Towhee, 13 Canyon Towhee, 35 Abert's Towhee, 5 Spotted Towhee, 5 Brewer's Sparrow, 50 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 104 White-crowned Sparrow, 5 Dark-eyed Junco, 33 Northern Cardinal, 3 Pyrrhuloxia, 106 House Finch, 31 Lesser Goldfinch and 24 House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: Joanne Barr will guide a New Year's Day bird walk at BTA Jan. 1, Sunday, starting at 8:30 AM from the lobby of the visitor center, and included with daily admission of $9 for adults, $4.50 for ages 5-12.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: December 18, Sunday
, 2011
Exciting news from the bird walk I lead Sunday morning at BTA - although I didn't see it, experienced birders and longtime Arboretum annual members Lindsay & Keith Story are sure they spotted a furtive Rufous-backed Robin foraging in the tall netleaf hackberry immediately out front of the smith building (at left) around 9:00 am. Seen foraging in this same tree were American Robin (less furtive); Gila Woodpecker, Phainopepla, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird and Curve-billed Thrasher. Also a thrill for all of us (this time I saw it, too!), our bird walk group enjoyed great views of the Arboretum's "coati in residence" who has been here for the past month. Sunday morning the handsome chocolate-brown coati was foraging on dark blue myrtle fruits, climbing around in the sprawling myrtle that overhangs the main trail at the pumphouse out in Queen Creek Canyon, at the west end of the catwalk above Queen Creek. One more fun bird-of-the-day was the lone Rufous-crowned Sparrow seen up above Ayer Lake, approximately betweek the two wooden shade ramadas. Other birds today included Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake, Cooper's Hawk (vocal and hunting early this morning); Red-tailed Hawk perched on a power pole up near Picket Post Mansion (also quite vocal); Broad-billed and also Anna's Hummingbird in the Hummingbird Garden, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Common Raven, verdin, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and House Finch. ***** Plus - I'll be leading another 8:30am bird walk here at BTA on New Year's Day - Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012; I hope you'll make a resolution to start the New Year birding with friends at BTA!

. Editor's Note: guided bird walk have ended for 2011 but volunteers are needed for Christmas Bird Count here at BTA on Monday December 26, and also around the state. Read the complete list of Christmas Bird Counts on the Arizona Field Ornithologists website - AZFO.org


From: Hank Vanderpol (Nature Calgary)
Date: December 7, Wednesday
, 2011
A Pyrrhuloxia at the south end of the Demonstration Garden was a highlight today, thanks for BTA staff member Chris Evans for alerting me to this bird's likely location. One White-throated Sparrow with a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows was again found near the palm grove today. We found three of six wren varieties (Cactus, Rock, Canyon). Also seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (red-shafted), Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Marceline Vandewater & Cathy Wise
Date: December 3, Saturday
, 2011
One White-throated Sparrow associated with a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows was seen near the palm grove Saturday morning on our guided bird walk; we also had both Green-tailed and Spotted Towhees right at the beginning of our walk inside the entrance to the Demonstration Garden - and one Lincoln's Sparrow here, too. Almost everyone in our group got a look at the coati that was foraging for fallen pecans beneath the big tree in the Herb Garden, which was also an exciting highlight for our participants; this coati has been seen and photographed at BTA just about every day or two over the past couple weeks. A handsome male Common Yellowthroat perched on the dam up at Ayer Lake was a surprise for this time of year, and a Lark Bunting perched on a wire above the lake. A few other notables were Orange-crowned Warbler and five of the six likely wren varieties (Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh). Birds at Ayer Lake were Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot. Broad-billed and also Anna's Hummingbird were present in the hummingbird-butterfly garden, also other species seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (red-shafted), Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: November 27, Sunday
, 2011
A Sora at Ayer Lake (along with Pied-bille Grebe and American Coot) was notable on an otherwise quiet morning birding; Broad-billed and also Anna's Hummingbird were present in the hummingbird-butterfly garden, also other species seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (red-shafted), Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Cindy Marple and Cindy West
Date: November 13, Sunday
, 2011
Western Bluebird was a notable sighting Sunday on our guided bird walk -- also both Song and also Black-throated Sparrows were observed, and four Wren species: Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh. Other birds seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Broad- billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (red-shafted), Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman
Date: November 5, Saturday
, 2011
Four Golden-crowned Kinglets and 15 Cedar Waxwings were noteworthy today; we also had 8 Ruby-crowneds, 18 White-crowned Sparrows and one Orange-crowned Warbler. Other birds seen and heard around the gardens include 1 Gambel's Quail, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 6 American Coot, 3 Broad- billed Hummingbird, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 15 Gila Woodpecker, 12 Northern Flicker (red-shafted); 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 3 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, 2 Hutton's Vireo, 3 Common Raven, 12 Verdin, 1 House Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 3 Rock Wren,1 Marsh Wren, 2 Hermit Thrush, 2 American Robin, 3 Northern Mockingbird, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 5 Phainopepla, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 8 Abert's Towhee, 2 Spotted Towhee, 6 Northern Cardinal, 3 Red-winged Blackbird and 2 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Kathe Anderson and John Ray
Date: October 23, Sunday
, 2011
A flock of Cedar Waxwings seen above ayer lake was our highlight today. Others seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Broad- billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (red-shafted); Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: guided bird walks continue with Arizona Game & Fish Department avian expert Troy Corman on November 5, photographer Cindy Marple and Cindy West on November 13, Pete Moulton November 19, and Kathe Anderson November 27.


From: Dave Pearson
Date: October 15, Saturday

A female Lawrence's Goldfinch with a flock of Lesser Goldfinches in the Demonstration Garden was our most notable bird today; we also saw the Winter season's first Spotted Towhee (Green-tailed and Abert's, too); a Brewer's Sparrow (also Black-throated, Lincoln's, Song and White-crowned); and the different Warblers: Wilson's, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped. Good day for wrens, too, with Bewick's, Cactus, Rock and Canyon seen on our walk - and Marsh Wren reported by Jack Holloway. We totalled 36 species toay; others seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Broad- billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (red-shafted); Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman
Date: October 9, Sunday

A solo Townsend's Solitaire foraging on the red fruits of a leafless Chinese pistachio tree above Ayer Lake and just off the main trail was notable on today's guided bird walk, according to Arboretum records this is the first report of one here since November 2008! We also observed a Lewis' Woodpecker fly over. We had good views of a Black-throated Gray Warbler in the Demonstration Garden, where we also had a Brewer's Sparrow. Ayer lake produced the 'first-of-season' Marsh Wren, also a Pyrrhuloxia that was observed flying over Ayer Lake and heading east, with a Brewer's Blackbird perched on rocks above the lake shore. Another 'FOS' wintering migrant was the Ruby-crowned Kinglet seen today. Gilded Flicker was notable, too; for a "6 woodpecker day." Other birds seen and heard today included 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Inca Dove, 2 White-throated Swift, 3 Broad- billed Hummingbird, 12 Anna's Hummingbird, 15 Gila Woodpecker, 10 Northern Flicker (red-shafted); 3 Red-naped Sapsucker, 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 3 Black Phoebe, 3 Warbling Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 15 Verdin, 1 Bewick's Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 4 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 10 Northern Mockingbird, 8 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, 4 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Summer Tanager, 5 Western Tanager, 1 Canyon Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, 1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow, 1 Brewer's Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 10 White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Black-headed Grosbeak, 12 Northern Cardinal, 15 House Finch, 6 Lesser Goldfinch and 4 House Sparrow.


From: Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton (with numbered reports from Steve & Joan Hosmer)
Date: October 1, Saturday

Three Common Ground Doves seen near the 'Rattlesnakes Only' sign above Ayer Lake -- and a colorful male Pyrrhuloxia seen along the 'Switchbacks' section of the main trail below the Picket Post Mansion were highlights of today's guided bird walk. We missed the Magnolia Warbler which had been previously reported both Thursday and Friday, but reliable birders reported seeing this rarity foraging on the ground below the Pistachio trees just inside the Picnic Area. A few other notables include Green-tailed Towhee, Barn Swallow, 6 White-throated Swift, Willow Flycatcher (vocal and in the picnic area); Western Wood-pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Rufous Hummingbird, first-of-season Lincoln's Sparrow, one female Summer Tanager, and numerous Western Tanagers.
Other birds in the gardens included 2 Gambel's Quail, 15 Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, 4 Mourning Dove, 2 Inca Dove, 3 Broad- billed Hummingbird, 2 Anna's Hummingbird, 8 Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (first-of-season); Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, Cassin's Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, 5 Warbling Vireo, 12 Verdin, Bewick's Wren (also Cactus, 4 Rock and 2 Canyon); 2 Northern Mockingbird, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend's Warbler (seen by Steve and Joan Hosmer); Wilson's Warbler, Canyon Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 6 White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, 3 Northern Cardinal, Yellow-breasted Chat, 15 House Finch, 6 Lesser Goldfinch and one House Sparrow. Good day for herps, too; we saw a Coachwhip, Sonoran Whipsnake and two Lowland Leopard Frogs.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Arboretum guided bird walks continue with Troy Corman leading the walk Oct. 9, along with Richard Ditch and Joanne Barr. ASU Prof. Dave Pearson returns Oct. 15.


From: David Pearson & Richard Ditch
Date: September 24, Saturday

Nashville Warbler and also MacGillivray's Warbler were seen on today's 'Bye Bye Buzzards Day' bird walk; also notable was one Band-tailed Pigeon, a first-of-season White-crowned Sparrow, and 2 Vaux's Swifts observed by Dave Powell as they soared through a circling kettle of Turkey Vultures overhead while Dave was in the Demonstration Garden leading a butterfly walk. Broad-tailed Hummingbird was one of 6 species around the gardens today (also Black-chinned, Costa's, Anna's, Rufous and Broad- billed); and birders found Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Brewer's Sparrow and a Western-type Flycatcher. Also seen and heard today were Mourning Dove, Say's Phoebe, Black-headed Grosbeak, Song Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher, Abert's Towhee, Phainopepla, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Gila Woodpecker, Gambel's Quail, Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Lesser Goldfinch, Wilson's Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Rock Wren, Common Raven, Summer Tanager, Verdin and Cooper's Hawk.
EDITOR'S NOTE: the Arboretum fall bird walk series returns Saturday Oct. 1 with a walk at 8:30 a.m. guided by Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald. Troy Corman leads the walk there Oct. 9, along with Richard Ditch and Joanne Barr; Dave Pearson returns Oct. 15.


From: Troy Corman
Date: September 18, Sunday

Saw and heard 46 species between Sunday and Monday around the gardens; Western Tanagers and Warbling Vireos were numerous, Willow and also Pacific Slope Flycatchers were notable on their late summer migration back through this corner of Pinal County, and five species of hummingbirds were observed competing at the feeders and flowers: Broad-billed, Anna's, Black-chinned, Rufous and Broad-tailed. Green-tailed Towhee, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Scrub Jay and a Prairie Falcon streaking overhead just before an oncoming rainstorm Monday afternoon were also notable.


From: John Saba
Date: September 12, Monday

Saw and heard 46 species between Sunday and Monday around the gardens; Western Tanagers and Warbling Vireos were numerous, Willow and also Pacific Slope Flycatchers were notable on their late summer migration back through this corner of Pinal County, and five species of hummingbirds were observed competing at the feeders and flowers: Broad-billed, Anna's, Black-chinned, Rufous and Broad-tailed. Green-tailed Towhee, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Scrub Jay and a Prairie Falcon streaking overhead just before an oncoming rainstorm Monday afternoon were also notable.


From: Kurt & Cindy Radamaker; additional sightings by Marceline Vandewater & Dave Powell
Date: September 10, Saturday

MacGillivray's Warblers are migrating through, we saw five at the Arboretum today, including one exhausted bird near the suspension bridge that was so intent on feeding that it ignored photographers just yards away taking pictures. Birds in this report were incidentally seen during today's 5th Annual CAZBA Butterfly count at BTA; other warblers included one Townsend's, an Orange-crowned, 6 Yellow, 2 Wilson's, 2 Common Yellowthroat and 2 Yellow-breasted Chat. Also notable were a Green-tailed Towhee and also a House Wren (the first report of each here since Spring migration); one Golden Eagle, 1 Pacific Slope Flycatcher, and one female Lazuli Bunting. Other birds around the gardens today included 10 Gambel's Quail, 5 Turkey Vulture, 1 Eurasian Collared Dove, 6 Inca Dove, 4 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 2 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Rufous Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Vermilion Flycatcher, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Western Kingbird, 3 Bell's Vireo, 3 Warbling Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 5 Violet-green Swallow, 1 Barn Swallow, 6 Verdin, 1 Cactus Wren, 2 Rock Wren, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, 2 Summer Tanager, 6 Western Tanager, 4 abert's Towhee, 1 Lark Sparrow, 3 Black-throated Sparrow, 6 Black-headed Grosbeak, 4 Northern Cardinal, 6 House Finch, House Finch and 10 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: September 2, Friday

Five Black-crowned Night-Herons (3 adult and 2 immature) and a Great Blue Heron visited Ayer Lake early Friday morning. A Western Wood-Pewee sallied in the Cactus Garden. A pale-plumaged Red-breasted Nuthatch calling high in the pines at the Pine Loop Trail was a surprise. A first-of-autumn Nashville Warbler foraged in shrubby riparian vegetation. Three Varied Buntings (an adult male, an adult female, and an immature) perched near each other in full view south of the picnic area. These birds probably bred here this year, since they have been resident in this habitat all summer. A male was photographed on June 12 (Jack Haskell) and the female of the pair was photographed in July (Jack Holloway). At dusk an Osprey settled upon a bare snag in the eucalyptus grove to roost for the night.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Wednesday, August 31

Today's highlight was watching a Bobolink in fresh fall plumage preen after bathing in the "stream" along the trail below the pump house southeast of Ayer Lake (near an interpretive ramada). I first noticed the bird when it uttered its diagnostic call note. During the 90 minutes I spent watching for birds visiting fruiting pistachios and that general vicinity, I recorded 45 species of transient and resident birds: Turkey Vultures, an immature Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged and Mourning Doves, 1 Vaux's Swift, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbirds, 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 1 Anna's Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpeckers, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 2 Cassin's Kingbirds, at least 12 Western Kingbirds that included family groups which probably nested near the Arb, 2 Bell's Vireos, 2 Warbling Vireos, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdins, wrens (Cactus, Rock, and Canyon), 2 immature Northern Mockingbirds, Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 European Starlings, several Phainopeplas, 3 Yellow Warblers, 1 Wilson's Warbler, a male Summer Tanager accompanied by an immature, 1 Western Tanager, 4 Abert's Towhees, 3 Chipping Sparrows, 1 Brewer's Sparrow, 5 Lark Sparrows, 5 Black-throated Sparrows, 2 Song Sparrows, 3 Northern Cardinals, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 5 Lazuli Buntings, several House Finches and a few Lesser Goldfinches. A pair of Purple Martins fed fledglings perched on power lines and flying in the air. I also noted Gilded Flicker and Rufous-crowned Sparrows on the cliffs south of Queen Creek Canyon. Elsewhere in the gardens I added 19 species: Cooper's Hawk, Gambel Quail, Inca Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, flycatchers (Pacific-slope, Vermilion, and Brown-crested), 1 Bank Swallow, Common Raven, Bewick's Wren, Orange-crowned and MacGillivray's Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, a female Blue Grosbeak feeding a fledgling Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded and Bullock's Orioles, 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird, and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Tuesday, August 30

The gardens were rather quiet during my survey of 60 species this morning. Most sounds came from Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, Abert's Towhees, Gila Woodpeckers, and Northern Cardinals, while previously vociferous Bell's Vireos and Yellow-breasted Chats were virtually silent. Fall migrants included: calling Willow and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, 3 Warbling Vireos, some warblers (including 2 Orange-crowned, 3 MacGillivray's, 3 Wilson's Warblers, one late immature Lucy's, and over 20 Yellows in non-breeding habitat), 2 Western Tanagers, 14 Black-headed Grosbeaks, several Lazuli Buntings, 3 Yellow-headed Blackbirds (roosted in the marsh at Ayer ), 3 immature Bullock's Orioles. Three immature Northern Mockingbirds ate Desert Hackberry or pistachio fruits as did flocks of Phainopeplas. Two pairs of Purple Martins fed young birds perched on power lines and in the air over Ayer Lake. A Vaux's Swift passed over Ayer Lake twice (or two single birds moved by) and one Barn Swallow visited briefly. Two Cassin's Kingbirds and at least 12 Western Kingbirds sallied on slopes around Ayer Lake and snatched pistachios from trees below the pump house up the trail. Resident or summer birds included: Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, doves (White-winged - only a few, Mourning, and Inca), Lesser Nighthawk, hummingbirds (including a transient Rufous with resident Broad-billed, Black-chinned, and Anna's), Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, one family group of Brown-crested Flycatchers, Common Raven, Verdin, wrens (Cactus, Canyon, Rock, and Bewick's), Curve-billed Thrasher, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Canyon Towhee, sparrows (Rufous-crowned, Black-throated, and Song), Hooded Oriole, and House Sparrow.


From: Scott & Fonda Christopher
Date: August 27, Saturday

With about one month left before the Arboretum's annual Bye-Bye Buzzards event, we counted 75 Turkey Vultures perched along Magma Ridge and in the eucalyptus trees. One of the local resident Zone-tailed Hawks was on its favorite perch just above the High Trail (approximtely across from the Herb Garden). This week if you walk above Ayer Lake, watch the telephone wires for Purple Martins, we saw parents feeding perched juveniles Saturday. Down at the lake Northern Rough-winged and also Barn Swallows were foraging over the surface, a Western Kingbird was hunting around the edge, and a vivid male Summer Tanager and a Common Yellowthroat were perched where the cattails meet cliffs at the east side, close to the trail. One more highlight-of-the-week: check out the Crape Myrtle tree in full bloom down by the palm grove (between trail markers #43 and #44), the color is spectacular, and at least 10 Verdin were foraging in and around these hot pink trees. Our Saturday checklist also includes Mourning Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 3 Vermilion Flycatcher, 1 Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, 2 Warbling Vireo, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 5 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Yellow Warbler, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Western Tanager, 4 Lark Sparrow, 2 Northern Cardinal, 1 possible Pyrrhuloxia; 1 Hooded Oriole, 30+ House Finch, House Finch, 10+ Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Craig Anderson
Date: August 21, Sunday

A Zone-tailed Hawk perched above the High Trail was a notable Sunday morning highlight on our guided walk, and migant flycatchers were along the Riparian area, including a Gray Flycatcher, Western Wood-pewee, and one nonvocal Western-type flycatcher (our guess was Cordilleran). One participant in our ground reported a Spotted Sandpiper at Ayer Lake, also Purple Martins swooping down to the lake surface for a drink. Rufous Hummingbirds have returned, look for these competing at the single nectar feeder in the Demonstration Garden, where we also found Broad-billed, Black-chinned and Anna's. Two more colorful migrants to watch for at BTA this week are Lazuli Bunting and Western Tanager, both were seen and photographed at the new water fountain out front of the Smith Building over the weekend. Sunday also brought a few "first of the season" sightings of early Fall/Winter migrants, including a Black-throated Gray Warbler in the cottonwood at the southwest corner of the picnic (we saw Yellow Warblers here, too). We had a total of 43 species Sunday and covered about 1.9 miles of Arboretum trails - other birds found Sunday include Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, an accipter (north of the lake in a mesquite on the north side of the main trail); Mourning Dove; Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: John Saba
Date: July 30, Saturday

Sharp-eyed 12-year-old Emily Gidley pointed out a Sonora Whipsnake spotted checking out a bird nest in a tree, which was a notable highlight of Saturday's guided Bird Walk. 29 bird species were seen and heard; a male Blue Grosbeak perched in a desert willow tree in the Demonstration Garden around 9:15 added his dramatic colo, as did the Hooded Oriole nearby. Other birds seen and heard Saturday were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed
Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. A few additional species seen in the gardens when I scouted Friday were Cooper's Hawk, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Rufous-crowned Sparrow and Song Sparrow. ** Editor's note: our next guided bird walk will be August 21 with Craig Anderson.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: July 17, Sunday

Our Sunday bird walk group found the Cooper's in the huge eucalyptus on the left going up towards to Ayer Lake, and three or four purple martins there. Thirty or more Turkey Vultures kettled for a long time for our viewing pleasure. The stunning Hooded Oriole at the top of the desert willow, against the blue sky, in the Demonstration Garden, was a photographer's prize. Chat's were unusually visible, including one that hopped around on the ground near the lower parking lot. Stop by the windmill near the Drover Shed if you vist the Arboretum this week, make sure to listen for the Gila Woodpecker who discovered he can make a much bigger racket drumming on the metal blades. Our Sunday bird walk group was treated to this humorously loud concerto several times! A Vermilion Flycatcher on her nest in the eucalyptus grove was a highlight today, also a vivid red male Summer Tanager seen at the south end of the Demonstration Garden (directly over our heads). Also seen/heard on today's guided bird walk were Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Eric Hough
Date: July 12, Tuesday

A Common Ground-Dove was seen in the dry bed of Queen Creek, viewed from the large suspension bridge -- a Blue Grosbeak was in the Demo Garden, with a Scott's Oriole singing in the shrubbery below the main parking lot (presumably a male). We did not see any of the rarities recently reported, but still had a fine list of the regulars -- with Yellow-breasted Chats and Bell's Vireos seemingly everywhere! Other birds found were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird (2); Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird,Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow (1); Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Rick Wright
Date: July 9, Saturday

Yellow-billed Cuckoo remained here Saturday, and the male Varied Bunting was seen and heard again in the vicinity of the Demonstration Garden.  Read a more detailed report at birdingnewjersey.com Other birds seen and heard around the gardens Friday afternoon and Saturday morning included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Connect with Rick on facebook


From: Jay Taylor (ASU)
Date: July 4, Monday

Saw at least one Virginia's Warbler today, one sighting up near Ayer Lake and a separate sighting down along Queen Creek. A few other highlights include 19 Northern Cardinals (!), one Blue Grosbeak, an even dozen Yellow Warblers and a Zone-tailed Hawk. Also on today's checklist were 12 Gambel's Quail, 3 Turkey Vulture, 14 White-winged Dove, 2 Inca Dove, 5 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Costa's Hummingbird, 7 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 3 Vermilion Flycatcher, 3 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 3 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 9 Bell's Vireo, 4 Common Raven, 9 Phainopepla, 14 Verdin, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 2 Cactus Wren, 3 Rock Wren, 5 Canyon Wren, 7 Bewick's Wren, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, at least 20 Lesser Goldfinch, 4 House Finch, 12 or more Lucy's Warbler, 7 Yellow Warbler, 9 Yellow-breasted Chat (including at her nest); 2 Hooded Oriole, 6 Brown-headed Cowbird, 1 Song Sparrow at Ayer Lake, 4 Black-throated Sparrow, 6 Abert's Towhee, and 5 Summer Tanager.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 4, Monday

Both Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Varied Bunting were in the Demonstration Garden shortly after 6:00 this morning.  The cuckoo is secretive and moves about mysteriously.  I saw it fly from the residential area, across the visitor center parking lot and down into the garden gallery Sunday and again today. It has also visited the Picnic Area.  Black-headed Grosbeaks continued feeding on berries, periodically uttering their characteristic “ick” call notes. Please join me for a guided walk seeking these and all other Arboretum birds Sunday, July 10 -- we'll meet in the visitor center lobby at 6:30 a.m.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 2, Saturday

On June 30 John DeGrafft photographed a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at 11:15 in dense foliage of the pistachio by the Woodland Garden.  Seeing this elusive species is always a delight, especially in non-breeding habitat.  The Varied Bunting still sings south of the Demonstration Garden, but only briefly during extensive periods of observation.  On June 30 it sang from 0612 to 0628 south of the picnic area out-of-view before it landed on a saguaro with ripe fruit below the High Trail hillside, where it probed at the fruit for 1.5 minutes, and then returned to thick riparian vegetation.  On July 1 it sang in dense canopy foliage near the fountain from 0910 to 0930 before disappearing.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: June 28, Tuesday

After birding the Oak Flat area where I found a singing Blue Grosbeak, I was delighted to tally 13 species of dragonflies during a half-hour watch in mid morning at 102 degrees F along the shore of a pond 1 mi by road southwest of the campground: 8 Flame Skimmer, 1 Roseatte Skimmer, 25+ Mexican Amberwing, 10+ Black Saddlebags, 10+ Red Saddlebags, 2 Common Whitetail, 1 Twelve-spotted Skimmer, 1 Widow Skimmer, 2 Blue Dasher, 1 Wandering Glider, 1 Blue-eyed Darner, 3 Common Darner, and 1 Giant Darner.  Black and Say’s Phoebes captured some, in addition to other prey, and fed them to their vociferous fledglings.  Cassin’s Kingbirds and Ash-throated Flycatchers also sallied out over the water.  As I approached the shore, an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron bolted from a willow with dense foliage, circled briefly, then landed at the mouth of a shaded overhang on a nearby slope.  One of a pair of calling Zone-tailed Hawks perched in a pond-side Emory Oak and then landed near the water before being disturbed by a passing pickup.  I had seen one the previous day in the same oak.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: June 27, Monday

I birded the Oak Flat area in late morning as the temperature climbed over 100 degrees F.  Of interest among the 39 species observed were single transient Willow and “Western” Flycatchers.  Family flocks of Bushtits aggregated to groups of 30+.  Several pairs of Verdins, Bewick’s Wrens, and Black-throated Sparrows fed vocal young.  I watched a pair of Vermilion Flycatchers feed young west of the territory occupied by the leucistic Vermilions.  Although I found the colorful male, I didn’t see a white immature until I returned before sunset; I watched one forage after it emerged from a shady stand of oaks next to the open area where it has been reported by others. I also noted: Gambel’s Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Say’s Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cassin’s Kingbird, Bell’s Vireo, Gray Vireo, Hutton’s Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Juniper Titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Crissal Thrasher,  Phainopepla, Lucy’s Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert’s Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Hooded Oriole, House Finch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: June 25-26, Saturday - Sunday

I found several birds of particular interest among the 63 species encountered over this weekend. A Common-Ground Dove cooed in a mesquite stand east of the herb garden.  A late transient Swainson’s Thrush skulked in deep shady thickets above Queen Creek near the orchard at Clevenger House.  Other late transients were a Warbling Vireo in the Demo Garden, a silent “Western” Flycatcher in salt cedars near the olive grove, one Western Tanager, and a Black-headed Grosbeak feeding with a family group of Phainopeplas on elderberry fruit.  A single Cliff Swallow may have been an early migrant or a wandering visitor from a breeding site east of the Arboretum.  At least 2 singing fully-adult plumaged Blue Grosbeaks continued singing in territories south of the picnic/demo area and the Silver King Wash and eucalyptus grove area.  A third all brown bird also sang from the east end of the Cactus Garden into the euc grove and along Silver King Wash.  The male Indigo Bunting that has delighted so many was not relocated, but the male Varied Bunting continued periodic singing along Queen Creek south of the picnic area.  A pair of Northern Rough-winged Swallows fed a family group of 5 fledglings that eventually roosted in the cattails at Ayer Lake.  A group of Barn Swallows also roosted there overnight.  Perhaps due to loss of habitat west of the Arboretum, a pair of Crissal Thrashers occupied the dense thickets just below the High Trail hill south of the picnic area.  During the heat of the day, a male singing softly for a half hour in cover of the Hummingbird Garden was probably one of that pair.  Other birds noted included: Gambel’s Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Lesser Nighthawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say’s Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell’s Vireo, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Lucy’s Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert’s Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Dave Pearson
Date: June 12, Sunday

A male Varied Bunting was photographed in the Demonstration Garden Sunday morning, seen near the "bowl" water fountain. Check the BTA page on flickr [http://www.flickr.com/groups/boyce_thompson_arboretum] to see if Jack Haskell has posted his photo. Our bird walk group had good looks at a male Blue Grosbeak in Queen Creek, foraging in eucalyptus branches in the "pine loop" section of the eucalyptus grove that is adjacent to Queen Creek. A Western Wood-pewee was in this same area. Hummingbirds today included Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's and Anna's. And the resident Cooper's Hawk was observed throughout the day feeding two downy chicks in her nest high above the Drover's Shed. The best view of the Cooper's nest is if you stand beneath the big, Chinese Pistachio tree south of the Crider Garden. Stand under this shady tree and look southeast for an unobstructed view of the Cooper's Hawk nest. A Zone-tailed Hawk was circling with 25 Turkey Vultures; other birds today were Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 29, Sunday

Watch for a male Indigo Bunting if you're at the Picnic area -- over by the south side looking across Queen Creek, this handsome bird was seen flying back and forth through the dry creekbed Sunday morning. Our guided birdwalk participants today were rewarded with a view of the female Cooper's Hawk on her nest; look for this nest in the tallest of three parallell eucalyptus trees just west of the Drover Shed entrance. The nest is actually best seen if you stand beneath the big, sprawling Chinese Pistachio tree south of the Crider Garden (walk the path directly out front of the Smith Building, past the Diane Krpan memorial fountain), and look southeast over towards the Drover Shed. Look up, there's an unobstructed view of the Cooper's Hawk nest, quite photographable if you have a 200mm or better telephoto lens for your camera. We saw at least 25 Turkey Vultures circling, and then a half-hour later saw a lone Zone-tailed Hawk circling over Silver King Wash. Other notable sightings today were a Western Kingbird, and also a pair of Scott's Orioles we saw out by the suspension bridge over Queen Creek, first the male (singing), and then shortly after that both male and female flying together. The Aboriginal Seep over in the eucalyptus forest is always productive, check this trickle of water for both Western and Summer Tanagers, also Black-headed Grosbeak. Arboretum staff this week re-set the clock on this water feature so it will begin trickling at dawn - attracting more birds to the water. We had great views of a Bronzed Cowbird from the Picnic Area parking lot. Warblers today included Orange-crowned, Lucy's, Yellow-rumped, Yellow, and also Yellow-breasted Chat, more than one Chat singing boisterously and repeatedly in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden and also in the Demonstration Garden. Other birds seen and heard were Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird (heard as it flew past the Herb Garden and ID'd by with its audible "wing-whirr" ); Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, White-throated Swift (dipping down to Ayer Lake for a drink); Virden, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 28, Saturday

This morning I noted 62 species while birding in the gardens. Transients included a male American Kestrel, 1 Western Kingbird, 1 Western Wood-Pewee, 1 "Western" Flycatcher, several singing Warbling Vireos, 1 MacGillivray's, 5 Wilson's Warbler, and 1 Bullock's Oriole. Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks were common; a couple of Lazuli Buntings were seen. Singing Blue Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting (1 each) ranged from the eucalyptus grove through the picnic and demo gardens into the natural riparian area south of there. Cardinals, Yellow and Lucy's Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chats, and Lesser Goldfinches sang melodiously. Family groups of House Finches, Lesser Goldfinches, and House Sparrows were evident. Other birds noted included: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, a pair of Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove on a nest, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, 2 White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, wrens (Cactus, Rock, Canyon, and Bewick's), Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla at a nest with young, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Great-tailed Grackle, 1 pair of Bronzed Cowbirds, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, and a pair of Scott's Orioles.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 20, Friday

Today I noted 71 species while birding in the gardens on a beautiful, relatively cool day. Highlights included a Green Heron with bright orange feet at Ayer Lake, an Olive-sided Flycatcher sallying from high perches, several singing Warbling Vireos, and single Townsend's and Black-throated Gray Warblers. Fifteen Western Tanagers, 35+ Black-headed Grosbeaks, a male Blue Grosbeak, and several Lazuli Buntings added color. Cardinals, Yellow and Lucy's Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chats, and Lesser Goldfinches filled the air in the picnic-demonstration garden area with song. Other birds noted included: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk at nest, Zone-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, 2 White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, several Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Western Wood-Pewee, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, 1 Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, 1 Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 2 Barn Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, "Audubon's" and "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, 5 Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (oriantha), Great-tailed Grackle, 1 Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, 1 Bullock's Oriole, Scott's Oriole, House Finch, House Sparrow. Note: I saw a female Scott's Oriole that appeared to be gathering nest materials on May 20 and located her nest on May 22 in the tall yucca at the west end of the Chihuahuan Gardens. Brenden Grice also saw the nest. Scott's Oriole has rarely bred at the Arboretum. A tan-form White-throated Sparrow foraged in the eucalyptus grove on May 21.


From: Jim & Betsy Walker
Date: May 14 and 15, Saturday and Sunday

A male Indigo Bunting was seen twice today, first in the Children's Garden early in the morning and then again at lunchtime over by the 'Woodland Stream' just inside and at left when you walk into the Demonstration Garden. We were glad to be able to count this colorful migrant as part of Saturday's North American Migrant (NAMC) bird count. We arrived early in hopes to add a few nocturnal birds to the NAMC, and both Great Horned Owl and Common Poorwill were calling at the west end of the Arboretum. Later Saturday morning we saw 3 Purple Martins swoop over Ayer Lake. Lazuli Buntings were at the woodland stream, too, and a few other highlights over two days of birding include a small flock of Cedar Waxwings that flew over, one Scott's Oriole singing near the Desert Legume Garden, a Green-tailed Towhee at the Aboriginal Seep over in the eucalyptus forest; a Western Wood-pewee perched above Queen Creek. We also had Bronzed Cowbird, and various warblers including Orange-crowned, Lucy's, Townsend, Yellow-rumped (both Audubon's and Myrtle races); Yellow, MacGillivray's and Wilson's and also Common Yellowthroat and Yellow-breasted Chat. Other birds at BTA this weekend included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk (female was on her nest, apparently with two youngsters); Zone-tailed hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Common Raven, Virden, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, European Starling, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Joanne Barr will guide a 6:30 a.m. bird walk Sunday, May 29; ASU Professor Dave Pearson guides a Sunday bird walk here on June 12, and Kathe Anderson leads a Saturday bird walk June 18.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 4-5, Wednesday and Thursday

My birding in the gardens on May 4-5 yielded some surprises among the total of 85 species I observed. On 4 May a hybrid Hermit x Townsend's Warbler foraged in picnic ground tamarisks along with several other transients including more Hermit and Townsend's Warblers, "Audubon's" and "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warblers, Wilson's Warblers, and Warbling Vireos. A female Indigo Bunting joined a small flock of Lazuli Buntings in the Demo Garden as a Pine Siskin called from a pine supporting vociferous nestling Lesser Goldfinches. A Spotted Sandpiper rested on emerged rocks at Ayer Lake as a pair of Black Phoebes fed nestlings. Elf Owls and Poorwills called in the desert west of the gardens. On May 5 a male and two female Blue-winged Teal landed at Ayer, a Northern Waterthrush teetered along the creek bed in the native riparian area, and a Swainson's Thrush skulked under sumac shrubs in the palm-pine loop area. Other birds noted included: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, "Western" Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (dark and light-lored races), Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, Scott's Oriole, House Finch, House Sparrow.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 1, Sunday

Indigo Bunting was a thrill today, seen going for a drink at the trickling waterfall near the Blue Bush Loop trail; the Indigo was clinging to the rock between 2 Lazuli Buntings. I was here both days this weekend and on Saturday, within one 15-minute interval, I saw a feast for the eyes over at the Blue Bush Loop, where the water trickles down a large boulder. Lazuli Buntings, both males and females; also , Black Headed Grosbeak (males/females), Hermit Warbler, Townsend Warbler, Western Tanager(male/female), Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Costa's Hummingbird (male), Gila Woodpecker, White-wing Dove, Lesser Goldfinch and House Finch. They all came to the water! Sunday I saw most of these same birds again, along with the Indigo Bunting, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Green-tailed Towhee. Also saw a Broad-tailed Hummingbird at Queen Creek (the section of the creek that still has water); Summer Tanager alongside a Western Tanager above the Herb Garden. Wilson's warbler at the mesquite where we usually gather for our walks on the patio, right behind the visitor center (actually, there was a Wilson's, Lucy's and Yellow Warbler in this tree all at the same time)! Sunday we heard and saw 2 Bell's Vireo in the rose garden, and a Cliff Swallow at Ayer Lake. Saturday I spotted 2 MacGillivray's Warblers on the Gum Bark Trail in thick underbrush near the creek. Yellow-breasted Chats were heard and seen everywhere! One Pine Siskin was high up in a gum tree near the rose garden. Hooded Oriole in palm groves. Plumbeous Vireo near the Herb Garden, also Vermilion Flycatcher and Curve-billed Thrasher in the picnic area. Other hummingbirds seen at BTA this weekend were Black-chinned, Rufous and Anna's. Editor's Note: Summer hours at BTA resumed May 1, from May-through-august the Arboretum is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Joanne will guide a 6:30 a.m. bird walk this coming Sunday, May 8, and than again on May 29. Kathe Anderson will lead a bird walk here June 18.


From: David Pearson
Date: April 30, Saturday

The morning was superb and the birds cooperative. Here is a list of the 60 species we saw and/or heard this morning from 7-11 am, in addition we had GREAT looks at a Gray Fox just opposite the Herb Garden: Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird (1 male); Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, "Pacific-slope" Flycatcher (one or the other); Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Common Raven, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, European Starling, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (all Audubon's form); Townsend's Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lucy's Warbler, Summer Tanager (male singing); Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak (many), Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Scott's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Summer hours at BTA resume May 1, from May-through-august the Arboretum is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guided 6:30 a.m. bird walks will be offered May 29, June 18 and on other dates as scheduled.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: April 24, Sunday

Yellow-breasted Chats just returned over the past few days and are singing boisterously in the hummingbird-butterfly garden right below the visitor center. Townsend's Warbler was in the Demonstration Garden this morning; at least one has been seen at BTA every day this past week since April 20. A Hermit Warbler was also seen by Brian Sutter this morning, marking a full week of sightings for this colorful Spring migrant as well. Prior to our bird walk I saw one Bronzed Cowbird just west of the main visitor center parking lot. Other warblers seen on our walk this morning included Lucy's, Yellow, Wilson's and both races of Yellow-rumped: myrtle as well as Audubon's. One other highlight was to see a pair of Zone-tailed hawks circling together playfully high above the picnic area parking lot just as our bird walk was beginning around 9:00 a.m. Its notable that a few Winter migrants remain here, too, including one Red-naped Sapsucker and also a Hermit Thrush seen in the Demo Garden. We counted 52 Turkey Vultures circling overhead before they dispersed; others seen and heard this morning include a Spotted Sandpipe at Ayer Lake, Mourning Dove,White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo (Cathy Dewar shared this sighting), Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, a female Summer Tanager, Western Tanager (seen by Brian); Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak (great looks at a pair of them high in the eucalyptus trees just at the Demo Garden entrance); Northern Cardinal, Lazuli Bunting (Jim Kopitske reported gets credit for this sighting, again in the Demo Garden); Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Summer hours at BTA resume May 1, from May-through-august the Arboretum is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guided 6:30 a.m. bird walks will be offered May 29, June 18 and on other dates as scheduled.


From: Wes Ringering
Date: April 17, Sunday

A Hermit Warbler was seen Sunday morning at the 'woodland stream' just inside and to the left of the Demonstration Garden entrance -- also Lazuli Bunting, Yellow Warbler and others. Park staff reported a Common Yellowthroat calling up at Ayer Lake, where a Belted Kingfisher was also vocal -- and seen in the Cottonwood tree on the opposite bank of the lake. Summer Tanager was calling in the Queen Creek riparian area, too. Editor's Note: the season's final 8:30 a.m. guided bird walk will be April 24, Sunday, with Marceline Vandewater.


From: Richard Ditch, Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald
Date: April 16, Saturday

The highlight of Saturday's birdwalk at the Arboretum was a Broad-winged Hawk soaring northbound with a couple Turkey Vultures around 10:15 am. Other crowd-pleasers included Hooded Oriole, Lazuli Bunrting, Vermilion Flycatcher, Summer Tanager, and Costa's Hummingbird. Also seen and heard this morning were on our walk were Zone-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove,White-winged Dove,, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy West
Date: April 10, Sunday

A Blue-headed Vireo seen in the Cactus Garden was a highlight today on our guided bird walk (we also had Plumbeous and Bell's in other gardens); a Belted Kingfisher was notable, as were Black-throated Gray Warblers seen near the Herb Garden. One Zone-tailed Hawk circling with the Turkey Vultures right at the start of our walk gave a nice display of behavioral camoflage. Others seen on our walk were Cooper's Hawk, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Empidonax sp., Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Horned Lark, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Yellow Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jim & Betsy Walker
Date: April 4, Monday

Golden Eagle and Zone-tailed Hawk were exciting to see this morning, soaring over the gardens. Hummingbirds seen included Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's and Anna's. Also seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, an unknown Empidonax specie; Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: the next guided bird walk will be April 10.


From: Dave Pearson, also Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: April 2, Saturday

A Female Broad-tailed boosted our Hummingbird tally to six species today -- along with Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's, Anna's, and Rufous. We had the season's first Ash-throated Flycatcher and also a Hammond's. Both Audubon's and Myrtle races of Yellow Rumped Warbler (also Orange-crowned, Lucy's, Yellow and Wilson's); and open views of a perched Cooper's Hawk in a snag above Silver King Wash. Others separately reported seeing the Cooper's Hawk pair aggressively chase out a Northern Harrier which dared to fly through their territory this morning. Good day for sparrows, too, with Lark, Black-throated, Lincoln's, Song and White-crowned. Also seen and heard today were Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: our next guided bird walk will be April 10.


From: Jim & Betsy Walker
Date: March 30, Wednesday

Lazuli Bunting, a first for this season, was a treat Wednesday and we also found a Green-tailed Towhee on the short, diagonal trail behind the olive and palm trees - along with a Hermit Thrush. Hammond's Flycatcher was also notable, and Barn Swallow. If you visit this week listen for the rubbery, squeaky croaks of Lowland Leopard Frog in Queen Creek, we heard at least two doing their territorial calls near the "Catwalk" where the trail is immediately above Queen Creek. Good day for dragonflies, too, we had Common Green Darner, Blue-eyed Darner, Flame Skimmer and a Filigree Skimmer. Other birds today were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's hawk (both adults tending their nest near the Drover Shed); Broad-billed Hummingbird (also Anna's, Rufous, Costa's and Black-chinned); Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler; Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: ASU Professor Dave Pearson will guide Saturday's bird walk at 8:30 a.m. along with Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton.


From: Jack Holloway (additional sightings by Jane Wicklund)
Date: March 28, Monday

Arboretum staff report that throughout the day Tuesday a Painted Redstart was posing obligingly, if quickly, for photographers, gleaning all around the large and bare hackberry tree directly in front of the Smith Building. Park staff also report Lowland Leopard Frogs, croaking in Queen Creek -- listen for their territorial calls near the "Catwalk" narrow section of trail just east of the suspension bridge. Birds of note reported Monday by Jack Holloway include 3 Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, a Hammond's Flycatcher at the bridge that crosses the creek, Plumbeous Vireo, and two Yellow Warblers -- one at the Demo Garden and one at the east end of the creek. A Green-tailed Towhee was singing in the Demo Garden in the thickets near the hummingbird feeder and bubbling fountain Also Gambel's Quail, Gila Woodpecker, Broad-billed, Anna's & Costa's Hummingbirds; Inca Dove, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Phainopepla, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Verdin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, House Finch, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Abert's Towhee, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Northern Cardinal and Red-winged Blackbird. Editor's note: Jane Wicklund added these species to the Monday tally: Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Marsh Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Great-tailed Grackle and Hooded Oriole (check the thickets of aloe flowers bordering the visitor center parking lot when you arrive for orioles!)


From: Cindy Marple and Cathy Wise
Date: March 28, Sunday

Two Painted Redstarts foraged in the eucalyptus grove Sunday, and were seen later that day working trees in front of the Smith Building, and Monday morning near the hummingbird feeder in the Demonstration Garden. Other notable Sunday sightings include both Hammond's and Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Lincoln's Sparrow and the season's first record of a Hooded Oriole here at BTA. Migrant Rufous and Costa's Hummingbirds were still observed at the feeders along Broad-billed and Anna's. Also on our Sunday checklist were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler; Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Jim and Betsy Walker shared a checklist from Friday which added these species: Gambel's Quail, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Gray Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Spotted Towhee, and Dark-eyed Junco; also a Flame Skimmer dragonfly.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: March 22, Tuesday

Black-chinned, Costa's, Rufous, Broad-billed and Anna's hummingbirds were all working the feeders today; Rufous was at the lone feeder in the Demonstration Garden. Enjoyed a fine view of a Green-tailed Towhee up above Ayer Lake, also one Lincoln's Sparrow; just below the "Quincho" shade structure. Five wrens were present, too (Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh). Biggest flock seen was a group of at least 40 Lesser Goldfinches foraging beneath the pistachio tree in the staff parking lot near the Smith Building. Weather was perfect for birding; others seen and heard around the gardens include Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Steve And Joan Hosmer
Date: March 20, Sunday

A Ringtail seen (and photographed!) on volcanic cliffs just past the suspension bridge along the main trail was a thrill today; notable birds include 1 Gray Flycatcher, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler and 1 Green-tailed Towhee. Others on our checklist include 3 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed hawk, 1 Mourning Dove, 1 Inca Dove, 1 White-throated Swift, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 4 Costa's Hummingbird, 7 Anna's Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Plumbeous vireo, 3 Common Raven, 1 Violet-green Swallow, 4 Verdin, 2 Bewick's Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Hermit Thrush,1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 6 Lucy's Warbler, 20 Yellow-rumped Warbler (all Audubon's); 6 Abert's Towhee, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 12 White-crowned Sparrow, 4 Northern Cardinal, 3 House Finch and 7 Lesser Goldfinch. Butterflies included - we had Sara Orangetip, Mourning Cloak, Pipevine Swallowtail, Empress Leilia, Dainty Sulphur, Common Buckeye, Southern Dogface.


From: Jane Wicklund, also Craig Anderson
Date: March 19, Saturday

At least 40 Turkey Vultures circled the skies this morning above our "Welcome Back Buzzards Day" bird walk which was also notable for the variety of hummingbirds seen -- Black-chinned, Costa's and Rufous all competing at the feeders with the Arboretum's usual contingent of Broad-billed and Anna's. Lucy's Warblers are back, first reported on Thursday, and vocal throughout the park as they re-establishe their territories. One Black-tailed Gnatcatcher seen from the High Trail was notable, also White-throated Swift, both Cassin's and Plumbeous Vireo, and Vermilion Flycatcher. Today's checklist also included Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From:Valerie & Frank Bowman (4 Corners Birding Club), with additional reports by Jane Wicklund
Date: March 14, Monday

An American Robin was seen today, also Rufous, Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds all competing at the nectar feeders. Seeing a Vermilion Flycatcher was a treat, along with an Orange-crowned Warbler. Our checklist for Monday also included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green and also Northern Rough-winged Swallows; Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman and Marceline Vandewater
Date: March 13, Sunday

Migrant hummingbirds are moving through, we had Rufous, Costa's and Black-chinned today at the feeders, as well as 2 Broad-billeds and 10 Anna's. 2 Wilson's Warblers were notable, also 1 Common Black-hawk was seen near the Picnic Area, and 3 Vermilion Flycatchers were each vocal and setting up territories in different gardens. Violet-green and also Northern Rough-winged Swallows were seen over Ayer Lake, and there was one Myrtle individual along with about 25 Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warblers. 1 Pyrrhuloxia, and 22 Turkey Vultures were also notable. Other birds seen, in checklist order, were 5 Gambel's Quail, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed hawk, 2 Mourning Dove, 5 Inca Dove, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Bell's Vireo, 2 Plumbeous Vireo, 15 Verdin, 2 Bewick's Wren, 6 Cactus Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 6 Phainopepla, 6 Abert's Towhee, 3 Lincoln's Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 18 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Dark-eyed Junco (2 Oregon's, 1 Gray-headed); 12 Northern Cardinal, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 1 Great-tailed Grackle, 10 House Finch, 15 Lesser Goldfinch and 12 House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Marceline added these butterflies seen Sunday Sara Orangetip, Pipevine Swallowtail, Sleepy Orange, Southern Dogface, Dainty Sulphur, Spring Azure, Reakirt's Blue, Common Buckeye, Empress Leilia, Mourning Cloak, and Giant Swallowtail.


From: Harold Bond
Date: March 6, Sunday

A vocal Winter Wren singing repeatedly at the easternmost end of the Arboretum was a find Sunday morning. It was audible from the bench just above Queen Creek near the hairpin turn below Picketpost Mansion, where the trail turns uphill. All other wrens were found this morning as well: House, Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was another notable sighting, and both Bell's and Cassin's Vireo were vocal. Others on my checklist include American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: March 13, Sunday, the Arboretum bird walk will be guided by Troy Corman of the Arizona Game & Fish Department.


From: Jim Burns, Kathe Anderson, Richard Ditch
Date: March 5, Saturday

The Northern Goshawk first reported Thursday by Jack Holloway was seen again Friday by Jim Burns, and also possibly Saturday morning by an Arboetum staffer -- each time observed hunting along the Queen Creek Canyon riparian corridor. The goshawk appears to have killed and eaten another raptor; Jim Burns saw it fly off with a prey item, leaving behind feathers that appear to be from either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-shin. The Arboretum's resident pair of Cooper's Hawks were seen together Saturday, though (and here's a word of thanks to Joanne Barr for that report). We had 52 people attend the special walk Saturday prior to the opening of Jim Burns photography exhibit in the Visitor Center art gallery, and here's a word of thanks to Richard Ditch, Cynthia Donald, Pete Moulton and Jack Bartley for helping divide this large group into smaller bird walk crews. Other notable reports include a flock of 18 Lark Buntings with at least two Lark Sparrows amongst them and perched on a wire over the main trail up near Picketpost House. A Bullock's Oriole see at the beginning of the bird walk in the Hummingbird Garden (this bird seen again Sunday morning); also a Bell's Vireo, Costa's Hummingbird, White-throated Swift, 3 Black-tailed Gnatcatchers, and all six likely wren species (House, Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh. One vocal Cassin's Vireo in the Palm Grove and a Gilded Flicker were also notable. Other birds seen and heard today included Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. A Gray Fox was also seen climbing the cliffs above the saguaros inside Queen Creek Canyon. Editor's note: March 13, Sunday, our bird walk will be guided by Troy Corman of the Arizona Game & Fish Department.


From: Cindy Marple and Cathy Wise
Date: February 27,Sunday

A daytime Great Horned Owl sighting was notable today, also one American Robin. Stormy weather, even brief and intense hail, made for a challenging morning bird walk, but we found 33 species including Gambel's Quail, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.Don't miss the March 5 bird walk guided by Jim Burns and Kathe Anderson, follwed at 11:00 a.m. with a meet-the-artist reception with celebrating Jim Burns photography exhibit in the Visitor Center art gallery.


From: Philip Kline & Tucson Audubon Society
Date: February 22, Tuesday

Pine Siskin and Pyrrhuloxia were notable today and we had good looks at each of 2 Plumbeous Vireos; also on our checklist were Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, 7 Inca Dove, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 7 Anna's Hummingbird, 9 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 2 Hutton's Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 9 Verdin, 2 House Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 2 Rock Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 15 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, 6 Northern Mockingbird, 7 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 2 Green-tailed Towhee, 1 Canyon Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, 3 Spotted Towhee, 5 Black-throated Sparrow, 4 Lincoln's Sparrow, 19 White-crowned Sparrow, 12 Northern Cardinal, 1 Pyrrhuloxia, 18 House Finch, 12 Lesser Goldfinch and 10 House Sparrow.


From: Pete Moulton & Cynthia Donald
Date: February 19, Saturday

Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From:Troy Corman and Kathe Anderson (with additional sightings by Emily Morris)
Date: February 13, Sunday

One Turkey Vulture circling above Queen Creek Canyon marks the first 2011 Arboretum sighting for this species -- and a few other notable birds today were Cassin's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, White-throated Swift, Pyrrhuloxia, and a daytime Great Horned Owl we found perched in an alcove in the cliffs above the Clevenger House. Other birds found today included 2 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Red-tailed hawk, 1 American Coot on Ayer Lake (also 1 Marsh Wren); 3 Inca Dove, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Anna's Hummingbird, 15 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 2 Say's Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 16 Verdin, 1 Bewick's Wren, 4 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 4 Canyon Wren, 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 5 Hermit Thrush, 6 Northern Mockingbird, 8 Curve-billed Thrasher, 10 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 8 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 2 Abert's Towhee, 1 Spotted Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, 15 White-crowned Sparrow, 5 Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-side and also Oregon's); 15 Northern Cardinal, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 8 House Finch, 10 Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Emily Morris contributed a separate list, adding Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow and Black-throated Sparrow to the day's tally.


From: Steve And Joan Hosmer (additional sightings by Jane Wicklund)
Date: February 7, Monday

We were pleased to see one Crissal Thrasher today, and butterflies were notable - we had Sara Orangetips, an American Snout, and Mourning Cloak along with a Common Checkered-Skipper, Pipevine Swallowtail and a Monarch. Birds at BTA today included Gambel's Quail, 2 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed hawk, 1 American Coot on Ayer Lake (also 2 Marsh Wren); 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 15 Gila Woodpecker, 3 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 6 Verdin, 1 Bewick's Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 15 Hermit Thrush, 5 Northern Mockingbird, 5 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler (all Audubon's); 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 10 Abert's Towhee, 3 Spotted Towhee, 2 Song Sparrow, 40 White-crowned Sparrow, 15 Northern Cardinal, 30 House Finch, 3 Lesser Goldfinch and 1 House Sparrow. Prior to BTA we checked out the Oak Flat campground area seven miles east and found 1 Bridled Titmouse, 1 Northern Flicker, 40 Dark-eyed Junco, 1 Western Scrub Jay, 2 Pine Siskin, 1 Rock Wren, 1 Common Raven, 1 Bewick's Wren, 1 Gila Woodpecker, 3 Northern Cardinal, 10 House Finch and 50 White-crowned Sparrow. Editor's Note: Jane Wicklund added these sightings from her morning at the Arboretum Monday: Northern Flickers (Red-shafted), Black-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco.


From:: Richard Ditch
Date: February 5, Saturday

Best bird: a pair of Crissal Thrashers on the north side of the main trail just east of the herb garden, in the same general area where Crissals were seen last winter. We also had good looks at a Cassin's Vireo near the Drover's Shed, Lincoln's Sparrow in the Demonstration Garden 'meadow', and three Black-throated Sparrows up near Ayer Lake. Other birds, in the order encountered on our walk were: Orange Crowned Warbler immediately behind the visitor center, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Abert's Towhee, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Cardinal, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Hermit Thrush, Gambel's Quail, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Cactus Wren, House Finch, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Marsh Wren, Verdin, Green-tailed Towhee, American Coot, Red-tailed Hawk, Black Phoebe, Phainopepla, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lesser Goldfinch, Plumbeous Vireo, Spotted Towhee and Dark-eyed Junco. Editor's Note: check out Rich's excellent Bird Blog and also his separate Photo Galleries. Troy Corman and Kathe Anderson lead our birdwalk Sunday February 13, then Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald February 19, Cathy Wise and Cindy Marple February 27;.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: January 24, Monday

Orange-crowned Warbler right near the entrance to the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden was notable today, along with 'Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Plumbeous Vireo, American Coot and also Marsh Wrens at Ayer Lake. Red-tailed hawk and Cooper's Hawk were both seen, also Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: January 15, Saturday
, 2011
Only had two quick hours to bird during the late afternoon Saturday, but they were hours well spent -- I saw a female Williamson's Sapsucker was in the Pine Loop area, drilling pine trees and also fly-catching. This was probably the same bird reported occasionally since late November. One Black-chinned Sparrow was at the west end of the Magma Ridge Trail, just above the Australian Seep garden exhibit, and a Cassin's Vireo was in the eucalyptus grove. Other birds today, in their checklist order, were: Gambel's Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: January 10, Monday
, 2011
Check Ayer's Lake for the female Common Goldeneye first reported by Jack Halloway on January 6, she was still diving and swimming around the lake Sunday afternoon near closing time. There were also a Sora and American Coot at Ayer Kake as well. Also on my checklist from Saturday were Red-tailed hawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (red-shafted); Black Phoebe, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and House Sparrow.


From: Nancy Miller & friends
date: Wednesday, January 5
, 2011
Williamson's Sapsucker was notable today; we also found a Plumbeous Vireo, Green-tailed Towhee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Broad-billed Hummingbird for a total of 28 species at BTA; others were Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren (heard); Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher (Western), Phainopepla, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch. We mostly birded the riparian and Australian area before going to Oak Flats - and then ran out of time. We'll be back! Oak Flat was slow at first but we did pick up some birds eventually for a total of 16 species at Oak Flats - most were repeats of birds we found at the Arboretum, but we also had a Williamson's Sapsucker and Juniper Titmouse .


From: Judy Johnson
Date: January 5, Wednesday
, 2011
Crissal thrasher and Brewer's Sparrow were notable sightings today along with multitudes of cardinals! Also on my checklist were : American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (red-shafted); Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and House Sparrow. .


From: Craig Fischer & Christmas Bird Count Volunteers
Date: December 26, Sunday
, 2010
The annual Superior Christmas Bird Count took place on the day after Christmas with excellent weather helping to draw a record number of volunteers participating, including 16 in Area 2 (incorporating Boyce Thompson Arboretum and surrounding areas). Craig Fischer, Larry and Antoinette Neily (from Ottowa, Canada), Brian Ison, David Eisenberg (from California), Joanne Barr, Joyce Eggert, Candace and Steven Hughes, and Steven Unsell (from California) birded the park, while Paul Wolterbeek and Amanda Moors hiked Telegraph Canyon and Picketpost Mountain, and Heather Bateman, Bill Bubnis, Sonja Hartman and Steve Prather hiked Arnett Canyon and upper Queen Creek into the park. Highlights included three species that required extra documentation, including Bell's Vireo and Black-chinned Hummingbird (both in the Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden), and Cassin's Vireo, plus good numbers of woodpeckers, cardinals and wrens. Species counted inside Boyce Thompson Arboretum were: Gambel's Quail, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-dove, Inca Dove, Great Horned-owl, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (red-shafted); Gilded Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Western Meadowlark, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. .


From: Jack Bartley
Date: December 19, Sunday
, 2010
A Bell's Vireo was a surprise today, it was eating condalia berries in the Hummingbird - Butterfly Garden just below the Visitor Center. Also saw a Black-chinned Sparrow along the High Trail, Rufous-crowned Sparrow herer, too -- and on an unusually warm December day saw about 10 species of butterflies througout the gardens. Sora was at Ayer Lake, Green-tailed Towhees were vocal (more than one calling within 50 yards of the start of the Main Trail behind the visitor center), and Orange-crowned Warbler was notable. Other birds today, in their checklist order, were: Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, white-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Gary Nunn
Date: December 18, Saturday
, 2010
Visiting birders have "one stop shopping" if you park yourself at one of the picnic area tables close to the pistachio tree with ripe fruit, the one you'll find just inside and at left as you enter the Picnic Area. Saturday morning I sat at a nearby picnic bench and saw three vireo species (Cassin's, Hutton's, Plumbeous) as well as a Pyrrhuloxia, which was notable. Others which came to forage at this popular feeding station included Green-tailed Towhee, Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Northern Cardinal, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, and a splendid male Red-naped Sapsucker. The previously reported female Williamson's Sapsucker was seen again today, but on a tall narrow cedar tree near the herb garden (last week it was feeding on pyracantha berries a little further down the trail). At times it could be heard making a low "churrrr" call scolding me as I searched around the tree.


From: John Yerger & Gary Nunn
Date: December 11, Saturday
, 2010
The female Williamson's Sapsucker which had been previously reported one week ago by Gary was a nice highlight; Saturday she was flying into the pyracantha bush with ripe, red berries near yellow trail marker #35 between the Herb Garden and the suspension bridge. We also had three species of towhees, a Green-tailed gave our group excellent views while scurrying around for fallen pistachio berries in the Picnic Area on our "2010 season finale" guided bird walk Saturday. A few other notables included a Lincoln's Sparrow foraging at the entrance to the Demonstration Garden along with White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos (Gray-headed, Pink-sided and Oregon races of Junco were all seen today); a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher was seen just above Ayer Lake along the main trail, and a Sora was feeding in the cattails around the lake. A Cassin's Vireo was in the junipers below the Ayer Lake dam, where it put on a good show for the whole group -- looking nice, fresh and green! 2 Hutton's Vireos were seen, as well. Other birds today included Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Rufous-shafted); Say's Phoebe, Black Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo (at least 6-7 of these, several quite vocal, and most of them foraging in the canopy of the Chinese Pistachio trees); Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Cindy West and Kathe Anderson
Date: December 4, Saturday
, 2010
Pyrrhuloxia was found on the guided bird walk today, and Cindy reported a record number of Gila Woodpeckers ("the most I've ever seen at BTA!"). Sora was observed foraging and darting amongst the cattails along the shore at Ayer Lake; others Also on today's checklist were American Coot, Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren (heard only), Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: Cindy also reported that while the Rufous-backed Robin was not seen by the bird walk group, just prior to their arrival across from the herb garden, 3 men birding in this area said that they had seen it and that it was very secretive and elusive.


From: Cindy Marple (with additional sightings noted separately at the end)
Date: November 28, Sunday
, 2010
A Green-tailed Towhee was found Sunday, despite a cold morning that suppressed bird activity -- we also had Dark-eyed Juncos, a Cooper's Hawk and Broad-billed Hummingbird. Others on the Sunday checklist were Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal Lesser Goldfinch and House Finch. Editor's Note: on Saturday Herb Fibel reported aRufous-backed Robin foraging on pistachio berries in the tree as you enter the Picnic Area, and on Sunday November 28 Gary Nunn reported a female Williamson's Sapsucker feeding at a 'sapsucker girdle' of holes on the large pistachio tree near trail marker #43, approximately between the olive trees and the aloe terrace as you walk east on the main trail through Queen Creek Canyon.


From: Troy Corman (with links to photos by Richard Ditch - many taken here at the Arboretum)
Date: November 20, Saturday
, 2010
A Rufous-backed Robin feasting on ripe pistachio berries just inside the Picnic Area was exciting today, and a life bird for several in our group of 18 who joined me for the guided bird walk. Nearby we also had great views of a Green-tailed Towhee feeding on the ground below this tree in the picnic area. Also notable was a Sora at Ayer Lake, along with two American Coot; a vocal Cassin's Vireo calling near the palm grove just west of the eucalyptus forest, and a Lincoln's Sparrow feeding in the grassy patch beneath the eucalyptus trees along with four Dark-eyed Juncos (both Pink-sided and Oregon). Other sparrows today included 3 Larks and 30 White-crowneds. Also seen and heard around the gardens today were 2 Gambel's Quail, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 15 Inca Dove, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 25+ Gila Woodpecker, 12 Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 3 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 25 Verdin, all of the likely Wrens (3 House, 1 Bewick's, 2 Cactus, 3 Rock, 2 Canyon and 2 Marsh); 15 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Hermit thrush, 8 Northern Mockingbird, 6 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 4 Abert's Towhee, 12 Northern Cardinal, 4 House Finch, 3 Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow. Editor's Note: photographer Cindy Marple guides the November 28 birdwalk at 8:30 a.m.; it's included with daily admission -- or at no charge to BTA annual members


From: Marceline Vandewater (with additional reports from Jack Bartley)
Date: November 14, Sunday

Look for the increasing variety of sparrows this week -- on Sunday the Arboretum had a small flock of about 10 Lark Sparrows in the rocky volcanic ledges above Ayer Lake where also the Black-throats were hanging out; we found a Lincoln's Sparrow closer to the picnic area besides White-crowned and Song. Jack Bartley separately reported a Black-chinned Sparrow in the cliffs above Ayer Lake! Sunday was good for wrens as well -- we found House, Bewick's, Cactus, Rock- and Marsh Wren. Also on today's checklist were Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker (with a possible hybrid RNSSXRBSS), Black Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Despite a chilly start to the morning we found a variety of butterflies by the time our walk was done at 11:00 am, including Gray Hairstreak, American Snout, Common Checkered Skipper, Queen, Monarch, Empress Leilia, Spring Azure, Sleepy Orange, Pipevine Swallowtail, Dainty Sulphur, Southern Dogface -- and a particularly notable 2 Arizona Sisters, an uncommon sighting at this lower desert elevation. Editor's Note: AZ Game And Fish Department migratory bird specialist Troy Corman guides the November 20 birdwalk at 8:30 a.m.; it's included with daily admission -- or at no charge to BTA annual members..


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: November 12-13, Friday and Saturday

The weather was beautiful during this morning's survey, though birds were nearly silent. A late Bell's Vireo uttered soft song fragments in the hummingbird garden-picnic area, while a Plumbeous Vireo, two Cassin's Vireos (1 singing intermittently), and a Hutton's foraged between the olive grove and the picnic grounds. A vocal Northern Beardless Tyrannulet ranged from the eucalyptus grove (high in the canopy) to the picnic area. An elusive Orange-crowned Warbler sought dense cover at the hummingbird garden. Pistachio fruit drew myriads of birds, including numerous Gila Woodpeckers, "Red-shafted" Flickers, Northern Mockingbirds and Hermit Thrushes, but the Gray Catbird didn't make an appearance. At least 31 flickers were in view at once sunning in early morning sunshine on cliffs and agaves around the stand of fruiting pistachios near the pump house. A flock of 18 Lark Sparrows visited gurgling water flowing toward the lake. House Wrens and were quite common, while Red-naped Sapsuckers,
Phainopeplas, Yellow-rumped Warblers (including a single "Myrtle"), and Spotted Towhees were scarce. An adult Sora swam across open water at Ayer Lake where Marsh Wrens"tchecked" and a single Black Phoebe darted about. Red-winged and Brewer's Blackbirds roosted in Ayer marsh. Two calling Pine Siskins flew overhead. Other birds noted were: Gambel's Quail, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 adult Cooper's Hawk, a pair of adult Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove, Inca Dove, 3 hummingbird species (Broad-billed, numerous Anna's, 1 Costa's,), Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, 4 more wrens (Cactus, Rock, Canyon, Bewick's), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a pair of Black-tailed Gnatcatchers in the Chihuahuan Garden, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, 1 Cedar Waxwing, Green-tailed Towhees, Abert's, and Canyon Towhees, Rufous-crowned, Black-throated, Song, Lincoln's, and White-crowned Sparrows, "Pink-sided and "Oregon" Juncos, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. Also, on Saturday, Nov 13, an American Coot at Ayer Lake and a Fox Sparrow in the basin below the pump house southeast of the lake were new for today.


From: Troy Corman (with additional reports from Steve & Joan Hosmer)
Date: November 6, Saturday

Gray Catbird was present again Saturday, a lone Pine Siskin was notable, and we found four separate Vireos including Cassin's, Plumbeous, Hutton's and an unusually late-season Bell's. Other birds around the gardens today included 2 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 3 American Kestrel, 3 White-throated Swift, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Anna's Hummingbird, 12 Gila Woodpecker, 6 Northern Flicker, 3 Black Phoebe, 3 Common Raven, 15 Verdin, 8 House Wren, 3 Bewick's Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 2 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 22 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Hermit thrush, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 6 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 15 Abert's Towhee, 1 Spotted Towhee, 1 Song Sparrow, 35 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Dark-eyed Junco, 12 Northern Cardinal, 8 House Finch, 12 Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow. It was warm enough for a few herps to be out, too, including one Ringnecked Snake, also Tree and Greater Earless Lizards. Editor's Note: Steve and Joan Hosmer additionally reported 1 Northern Beardless Tyrranulet and 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler.


From: Steve Hosmer, Jack Bartley and John Saba
Date: October 27, Wednesday

The Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden continues to be the most reliable spot if you are seeking the Worm-eating Warbler and Black-throated Blue Warbler -- both were seen here Wednesday, the third day in a row they have been at the Arboretum. Both warblers were seen Wednesday morning on-and-off; the Black-throated Blue was more frequently observed, and from the Arboretum's opening hour at 8:00 til noon was foraging on berries all around this garden, and also on the ground in the open 'clearing' on the west side of the garden, working its way through thick ground cover. Other birds found in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden today included Green-tailed Towhee, House Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, Broad-billed hummingbird, Verdin, Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal. Shortly after BTA opened Steve Hosmer heard a vocalization similar to the previously reported catbird, but the bird was not found. Editor's Note: the most up-to-date reports for rarities can be found at http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/AZNM.html


From: Jack Holloway
Date: October 25, Monday

I saw a Worm-eating Warbler at 10:02am (Mon, 25 Oct) at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The bird was moving through the thickest of the trees at the butterfly/hummingbird garden near the visitor center. I managed a few quick photos before it disappeared.
Editor's Note: this report originally appeared at http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/AZNM.html


From: Lisa Langell
Date: October 24, Sunday

IToday I was birding from about 8am-3pm at the BTA.  I sat for about 2 hours over on the west end of the park, near where the Demonstration Garden is, and in the woodland stream area where a small waterfall exists, which rests in front of a stucco half-wall.  (There are 2 metal chairs sitting near the tiny waterfall.) A Black-throated Blue Warbler flitted in and out of that area for about two hours this afternoon, on and off.  A fellow friend and birdwatcher and I watched it come and go repeatedly. Given this bird was listed on the AZ Rare Bird Alert earlier this week in Ash Canyon, AZ, I thought you'd definitely like to know you have a male in the park as well.


From: Richard Ditchand Cindy West
Date: October 24, Sunday

By far the most exciting bird on today's guided walk was a vocal GRAY CATBIRD in thick shrubs near the large sycamore tree in the picnic area -- near the edge of Queen Creek. It had been located at the entrance to the Demonstration Garden around 8:00 am, then was found again in this location about an hour later. Expet to find other rarities in this same spot as nearby pistachio fruit ripen in the large tree in the center of the Picnci Area over the next few weeks. Our walk split into two groups between co-leaders Rich Ditch and Cindy West; ther birds seen (in the order seen) included: Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Green-tailed Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Verdin, Cooper's Hawk, Common Raven, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bewick's Wren, Phainopepla, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Rock Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Lesser Goldfinch, Black Phoebe, Empidonax species flycatcher, White-crowned Sparrow, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, European Starling, House Finch, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Abert's Towhee, House Wren, Canyon Wren, Inca Dove, Plumbeous Vireo and Orange-crowned Warbler. Cindy's group also reported Hermit Thrush (the first report of this Winter migrant so far this season at BTA), and Black-throated Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird and House Sparrow. Editor's note: see Rich's photos and read more at richditch.com; also richditch.wordpress.com.


From: Dave Pearson
Date: October 16, Saturday

Both Myrtle and Audubon's races of Yellow-rumped Warbler were found today, along with both Black-tailed and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-throated Gray and Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Green-tail Towhee, Ash-throated Flycatcher -- and a Sora at Ayer Lake, the first report of one of these since February. Other birds seen today, in their checklist order, were: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: October 11, Sunday

Birds seen today, in order, were: Northern Cardinal, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Turkey Vulture, Phainopepla, Broad-billed hummingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Gila Woodpecker, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cooper’s Hawk, Yellow-breasted Chat, Verdin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Raven, Green Heron, Black Phoebe, Northern Flicker, Rock Wren, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Violet-green Swallow, Say’s Phoebe, House Wren, Lesser Goldfinch, House Finch, Townsend’s Warbler, Anna’s Hummingbird, Abert’s Towhee.


From: Marceline Vandewater and Dave Pearson
Date: Saturday, October 2
Wintering migrant such as Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and two sepate Red-breasted Nuthatches were present today - in sharp contrast with unseasonably hot weather and a daytime high of 99-degrees! We saw and heard all six wren species (House, Bewick's Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh), and the pistachio tree near trail marker #42 had Western Tanagers, Warbling Vireos and a Black-headed Grosbeak feeding on ripening clumps of pistachios. Also notable Saturday were Crissal Thrasher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Townsend's Warbler and Bullock's Oriole. Also seen and heard around the gardens today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture (at least 100 circling just after the walk began); Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton, with additional reports from Craig Anderson
Date: Saturday, September 25
An Osprey flew over Queen Creek Canyon this morning while a crowd of about 60 people were with us observing Turkey Vultures perched along Magma Ridge during the Arboretum's annual "Bye Bye Buzzards" Day event. During our guided bird walk following the vulture viewing we saw a Merlin fly over at high speed, a Belted Kingfisher at Ayer Lake, and a daytime sighting of a Barn Owl which was reported separately by Craig's bird walk group -- they crossed paths with the owl near the palm and olive trees just west of the Herb Garden. Western Tanagers, Warbling Vireos and Black-headed Grosbeak were feasting on ripening pistachio fruits, and Rufous Hummingbirds were stopping by the nectar feeders in the Demonstration Garden. Western Wood-pewee, Hutton's Vireo, Wilson's Warbler, Savannah and Lincoln's Sparrow were all notable, too, Other birds today, in the order they appear on the bird checklist, were Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, five wren species (House, Bewick's, Cactus, Canyon and Marsh); Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, Scott's Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Sunday, September 18
Lots of activity at Ayer Lake and also in the fruiting pistachio trees today, a Willow Flycatcher was at the lake, where I also observed a dozen Barn Swallows mobbing a juvenile Coopers Hawk -- with a leg-banded Rock Pigeon nearby, an easy meal the young hawk missed. Both Cassin's and Western Kingbird flew over the lake, so did 3 Vaux's Swifts. Warbling Vireos were seen throughout the Arboretum, watch for them feeding on pistachios in the big tree near the Olive grove, watch for Black-headed Grosbeaks here, too. A juvenile Blue Grosbeak was in the Demonstration Garden, a Gilded Flicker in the Queen Creek riparian area below Picketpost Mansion, and a few other notables include Lazuli Bunting, MacGillvray's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, and six different sparrow species: Brewer's, Lincoln's, Lark, Rufous-crowned, Black-throated and Song. Other birds on my Saturday checklist include Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, 5 wren species (House, Bewick's, Cactus, Rock and Canyon); Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. I also birded Queen Creek for about a mile upstream, pushing one Common Blackhawk and seeing a Common Ground Dove.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Sunday, September 5
Lazuli Buntings were throughout the Arboretum today, there was a Spotted Sandpiper and a Yellow-headed Blackbird at Ayer Lake, a Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireos, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, both Summer and Western Tanager, House Wren and Hooded Oriole. Other Arboretum birds were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Nashville Warbler, MacGillvray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Also birded Queen Creek for about a mile upstream, pushing one adult Great-horned Owl and also one Common Blackhawk and seeing 2 Northern Waterthrush, and a Common Ground Dove; checked out the "railroad park" across from Los Hermanos about three miles east of the Arboretum and found MacGillvray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow and Lazuli Bunting.


From: Grant Mulligan
Date: Monday, August 16
A Yellow-headed Blackbird was at Ayer Lake Monday morning - also Great Blue Heron, Cliff Swallow, Black Phoebe, Purple Martin, Rufous-crowned Sparrow and White-winged Dove. Western Tanager, Lark Sparrow and Black-throated Sparrow were notable; other birds from today's checklist were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Zone-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Black-chinned Hummingbird. EDITOR'S NOTE: learn to identify Arboretum birds alongside Kathe Anderson Sunday, August 29, when she leads a bird walk starting at 6:30 a.m. and included with daily admission of $7.50 for adults, $3 for ages 5-12.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, August 8
Ayer Lake was the place to be this morning - saw a male Blue Grosbeak flying over Silver King Wash just below the lake; also Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting and Hooded Oriole. Purple Martins were frequently overhead -- and feeding a juvenile while perched on the telephone poles up above the lake; Violet-green and Barn Swallows, too. Both Green and Great-Blue Heron were at the Lake, along with Common Yellowthroat. Other birds today included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday-through-Tuesday, August 1-3
Family groups of boisterous Brown-crested Flycatchers were evident throughout the gardens while a few raucous Yellow-breasted Chats continued to entertain. A Peregrine Falcon zoomed westward over the gardens before sunrise on Aug 2. The conspicuous family of Cooper’s Hawks ranged from palm grove to the Demo Garden and beyond at times. Two young ones swooped down together, displacing a vulture that had landed on an anticipated roost perch. Though only a few immature Costa’s Hummingbirds were present, Broad-billed Hummingbirds were spread throughout the park; a female tended
her nestlings in the Hummingbird Garden. Suddenly on Aug 2, a wave of new apparent transients arrived: Rufous (1 male), Anna’s (1M, 1F, 2 Im), and a possible female Black-chinned. Resident Broad-bills and Costa’s in the Demo Garden showed their dominance over the new-comers. On Aug 3, a few more were seen at feeders and 2 male Anna’s began singing at new locations. Two immature Green Herons remain at Ayer Lake where a Great Blue spent the night Aug 2-3. A Spotted Sandpiper still in breeding plumage visited the pond on Aug 2. White-throated Swifts passed through each day at Ayer Lake: a flock of 45-50 on Aug 1 and 15-20 on Aug 2 and 3. The first fall N. Rough-winged Swallows (2) roosted in cattails Aug 2-3 along with a small group of Barn Swallows. Transient species observed each day included: 1 silent “Western” Empidonax Flycatcher, Western Kingbird ( a few), Western Tanager (daily but 20+ on Aug 3), Lark Sparrow (12 on Aug 3), Black-headed Grosbeak (several), Lazuli Bunting (few), Bullock’s Oriole (several). Fledgling Bronzed Cowbirds were fed by Bell’s Vireos and Hooded Orioles. Some young Black Phoebes, Vermilion Flycatchers, Bell’s Vireos, chats, cardinals, Abert’s Towhees, Black-throated Sparrows, and Hooded Orioles were still attended by parents. Song rates of most resident and summer breeding species were low. EDITOR'S NOTE: Kathe Anderson returns to lead our final Summer 6:30 AM bird walk August 29.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Saturday, July 24
One Green Heron at Ayer Lake was notable during a well-attended guided birdwalk of 20 people who joined me -- despite the heat! Flycatchers ruled today -- with Black Phoebe, both Vermilion and Brown-crested Flycatcher, and also Western Kingbird. Other birds seen and heard today were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodecker (only by ear); Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: Kathe Anderson returns to lead our final Summer 6:30 AM bird walk August 29.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Friday, July 23
Today a solitary migrant Lark Sparrow and a lone male Red-winged Blackbird visited Ayer Lake’s shoreline. A Great Blue Heron flew over Queen Creek canyon. About twice as many Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks (most males) arrived compared with yesterday. An immature Costa’s Hummingbird dodged attacks from Broad-billed at the Hummingbird Garden. A female Hooded Oriole fed a fledgling Bronzed Cowbird in the Demo Garden. Most of the species noted yesterday were observed again. An immature Peregrine Falcon preened for 10 minutes on a cliff edge above Queen Creek before sunset... a final treat for an enjoyable day.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Thursday, July 22
Early fall migrants today included: a silent “Western” empid flycatcher, 1 Warbling Vireo, 3 Western Tanagers, 5 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 1 immature Bullock’s Oriole, and 1 Northern Mockingbird that may have been a local post-breeding individual. A cooing Common Ground-Dove east of Picket Post House along Queen Creek was noteworthy. One of three immature Cooper’s Hawks appeared to be injured. A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk called for its parents’ attention along Queen Creek corridor over which a pair of Zone-tailed Hawks lilted. No grebes or coots graced the waters at Ayer Lake,
but a Green Heron was a surprise. Black Phoebes and Vermilion Flycatchers fed fledglings. Song Sparrows and Common Yellowthroats have also fledged young. A pair of Purple Martins and 2 Barn Swallows drank from the surface early in the morning. Hummingbirds and Phainopeplas were scarce away from the gardens where numerous Broad-billed, including immature birds, were evident. Yellow Warbler fledglings begged for food near the
Hummingbird Garden. Other residents or summer birds included: Turkey Vulture, Gambel’s Quail, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged and Mourning Doves (some prey for Cooper’s Hawks). Inca Dove, Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell’s Vireo, Common Raven (a pair with 3 raucous young), Verdin, wrens (Cactus, Canyon, Rock and Bewick’s), Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak (a singing male south of the Demo Garden), Abert’s and Canyon Towhees, Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows, Brown-headed Cowbird, Great-tailed Grackle (7 brief visitors), House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, July 17
Kind of slow today; at Ayer Lake I watched an adult Cooper's Hawk make an unsucessful attempt to catch doves -- also saw Barn Swallows put on a good aerial show over the water; Violet-green Swallow and Purple Martin, too, with Common Yellowthroat lurking in the cattails. Also seen and heard around the gardens today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren,Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. EDITOR'S NOTE: learn to identify Arboretum birds alongside Kathe Anderson Saturday, July 24, when she leads a bird walk starting at 6:30 a.m. and included with daily admission of $7.50 for adults, $3 for ages 5-12.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Sunday, July 11
Birded the Arboretum on Sunday and also the Oak Flat campground and the little "railroad park" across from Los Hermanos restaurant; species seen only at the latter two locations are at the end of this report. At the Arboretum today highlights were a Purple Martin at Ayer Lake, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher (also at Oak Flat and the railroad park); and Summer Tanager. Others on my checklist were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Birds at Oak Flat, but not found at BTA today, include Gray Vireo, Anna's Hummingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, Juniper Titmouse, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Crissal Thrasher, Spotted Towhee and Brown-headed Cowbird. Birds only found at the railroad park include Eurasian Collared Dove, Western Kingbird, Ladder-backed Woodecker, Northern Mockingbird, Bronzed Cowbird and House Sparwow. Editor's note: BTA staff report at least two of the subadult Cooper's Hawks were observed in the eucalyptus grove on Wednesday, July 14.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, July 3
Saturday marked a "first for the Arboretum" for me when a Barn Owl flew into the large palm tree at the east side of Ayer Lake around 10:00 a.m.; it remained clearly visible on the shady side of the tree -- and in the exact center of the palm fronds if you were looking across the lake from the shaded ramada built over the water. In 20 years of birding the Arboretum, this is the first Barn Owl I've seen here. Ayer Lake also had a visiting Purple Martin, a Western Kingbird and Common Yellowthroat; a few other notables were Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak and Black-tailed Gnatcatcher. Also seen and heard around the gardens today were Gambel's Quail, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Sunday, June 27
The Cooper's Hawk pair has three subadult hatchlings; today I saw one parent deliver a freshly caught House finch to one of the youngsters while it was perched in a eucalyptus tree above the Main Trail. Other birds today were Gambel's Quail, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Rufous Crowned Sparrow, Black throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jim and Betsy Walker, with additional sightings by Randy and Susan Forrest
Date: Saturday, June 5
Observed two fluffy white chicks in the Cooper's Hawk nest Saturday, look for this nest directly over the Audubon Important Bird Area sign near the Mr. Big eucalyptus tree. Randy and Susan Forrest reported one agitated Zone-tailed Hawk chased another dark raptor down Queen Creek (either another Zone-tailed or else possibly a Common Blackhawk -- since a Blackhawk was heard shrieking above Queen Creek early in the morning). Five different hummingbird species were seen in the gardens today: Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's, Anna's and Broad-tailed; and we also found a good variety of flycatchers with Vermilion, Brown-crested, Ash-throated and also Black Phoebe. Four dove species, too (Mourning, Eurasian Collared, White-winged, Inca). Additional birds seen and heard in the gardens today were: Turkey Vulture, White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat (loud and repetitively vocal all morning long in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden); Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: a few additional species seen Monday morning include Gambel's Quail, Warbling Vireo (picnic area near Queen Creek); Great Blue Heron, Barn Swallow and Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Ayer Lake; Canyon Wren, Black-throated Sparrow, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (calling on the north side of the wooden suspension bridge).


From: Dave Pearson
Date: Sunday, May 30
We found the Cooper's Hawk nest today, and all 14 participants on our guided bird walk had a nice chance to observe one parent feeding a youngster. Our group had great looks at Vermilion Flycatcher, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and also both Bell's and Warbling Vireo. Brown-crested and also Ash-throated Flycatcher were seen and heard, and if you visit this week make sure to spend time quietly in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden looking for the highly vocal Yellow-breasted Chat -- we were rewarded by seeing a male fly exaggerated flight displays, and also perched on the bench in the shade. Other birds on the checklist for today include Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Scott and Becky Allen - and Marceline Vandewater
Date: Sunday, May 23
Bronzed Cowbird was notable Sunday; and this was a good morning for flycatchers - we saw two fledgling Vermilion siblings being fed by their father at a nest near the Desert Legume Garden and eucapyptus grove; we also counted a Western-type, probably Cordilleran; as well as Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Western Kingbird. We had both Zone-tailed and Cooper's Hawk, and warblers today included Lucy's, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat at Ayer Lake, and also Yellow-breasted Chat -- seen and heard throughout the gardens, in numerous territories. Others on the checklist for today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: ASU Prof. Dave Pearson will guide a bird walk here Sunday, May 30, at 6:30 a.m.


From: NAMC bird count - Jim and Betsy Walker, Heather and Bill Bateman, Betty and Bill Zink
Date: Saturday, May 8
Four separate Townsend's Warblers were arguably the most reportable highlight of the annual North American Migrant Count on Saturday. We were assisted by Heather and Bill Bateman, and also Betty and Bill Zink -- the latter couple found a handsome male Lazuli Bunting in the Demonstration Garden. A few other notables include Common Poorwills calling just before dawn from over by the maintenance shed, just west of the gardens, and a Great Horned Owl hooting down by Queen Creek. We saw Lark Sparrows, too! Birds found include the following: 31 Gambel's Quail, 27 Turkey Vulture, 2 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 11 Mourning Dove, 7 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 34 White-winged Dove, 6 Inca Dove, 2 White-throated Swift, 7 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 5 Costa's Hummingbird, 13 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 16 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Hammond's Flycatcher, 1 Gray Flycatcher, 3 Black Phoebe, 3 Say's Phoebe, 9 Vermilion Flycatcher, 5 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 6 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 2 Western Kingbird, 18 Bell's Vireo, 4 Gray Vireo, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 4 Warbling Vireo, 3 Common Raven, 5 Violet-green Swallow, 13 Verdin, 1 Bewick's Wren, 16 Cactus Wren, 5 Canyon Wren, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 12 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 European Starling, 15 Phainopepla, 3 Lucy's Warbler, 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 31 Yellow Warbler, 13 Wilson's Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 12 Yellow-breasted Chat, 4 Western Tanager, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 18 Abert's Towhee, 1 Lark Sparrow, 11 Black-throated Sparrow, 4 Song Sparrow, 10 White-crowned Sparrow, 2 Black-headed Grosbeak, 28 Northern Cardinal, 5 Red-winged Blackbird, 28 Great-tailed Grackle, 2 Brown-headed Cowbird, 9 Hooded Oriole, 1 Bullock's Oriole, 44 House Finch, 42 Lesser Goldfinch, 24 House Sparrow. Total species counted = 65.
Editor's Note: the NAMC team surveying Arnett Creek adjacent to the Arboretum's south boundary found 3 Zone-tailed Hawks (one with wing markers, but soaring too far overhead to read numbers); a Golden Eagle soaring picturesquely above the canyon wall, 1 Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, MacGillivray's Warbler (also Orange-crowned, Lucy's, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray, Townsend's, and Wilson's); a White-crowned sparrow - very late and also all alone.


From: Jim & Betsy Walker
Date: Sunday, April 25
Four species of dove (Mourning, Eurasian Collared, White-winged and Inca) and also four different hummingbirds (Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's, Anna's) were found on our guided bird walk Sunday. We had one Black-throated Gray Warbler and also Lucy's, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's); Yellow and Common Yellowthroat. We had one Belted Kingfisher -- and also recorded the season's first Black-headed Grosbeak and Western Tanager, too! Yellow-breasted Chats are back, and vocal. Other species around the gardens today were: Turkey Vulture, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy West
Date: Saturday, April 17
Common Yellowthroats have returned -- we heard one calling at Ayer Lake on the guided bird walk Saturday morning. Black-throated Gray Warbler was a highlight, also American Robin, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Warbling Vireo and a Hammond's Flycatcher. Others today were: Gambel's Quail
Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Cliff Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren (feeding nestlings); Canyon Wren
Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla (feeding nestlings); Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch (including a yellow male in the Demonstration Garden); Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Other notable sightings included:Cliff Chipmunk, Rock Squirrel, Whiptail, Greater Earless Lizard -- and a Gila Monster in the Children's Garden at the end of our walk.


From: Troy Corman
Date: Sunday, April 11
Season's first Wilson's Warbler and Bullock's Oriole were seen today on our guided bird walk; also 2 Chipping Sparrows (one near the Picnic Area's most open overlook of Queen Creek); also American Robin, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and 2 Warbling Vireo. Sunday was good for Hummingbirrds -- we had 6 Broad-billed, 1 Black-chinned, 3 Costa's, 15 Anna's and 1 Rufous. Other birds seen and heard around the gardens included 16 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Mourning Dove, 1 Eurasian Collared Dove, 4 Inca Dove, 3 calling White-winged Dove, 1 White-throated Swift, 1 Gila Woodpecker,1 Black Phoebe, 3 Vermilion Flycatcher, 8 Bell's Vireo, 12 Verdin, 1 Bewick's Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 6 Phainopepla, 16 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 2 Abert's Towhee, 3 Song Sparrow, 2 White-crowned Sparrow, 14 Northern Cardinal, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 3 Great-tailed Grackle, 8 Hooded Oriole, 20 House Finch and 25 Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: Saturday, April 17, Cindy West leads an 8:30 bird walk included with daily admission of $7.50.


From: Neil Butchard and Cathy Bower
Date: Thursday, April 8
One Rufous-backed Robin was seen around 9:00 a.m. behind the picnic area and with three American Robins. Our other notables were a Black-throated Gray Warbler west of the suspension bridge over Queen Creek, a Brewer's Sparrow, and both Brown-crested and Ash-throated Flycatchers. Broad-billed, Costa's and Anna's Hummingbirds were seen; others around the gardens were Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, a Western-type Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole and House Finch. Editor's note: Sunday, April 11, Troy Corman leads an 8:30 bird walk included with daily admission of $7.50.


From: Sharon Aagaard, Jo Cormier & Liz Cormier
Date: Sunday, April 4
Rufous-backed Robin was in the Demonstration Garden at 8:45 a.m. and we also had American Robin elsewhere on the grounds Sunday. A Belted Kingfisher cackled while flying over the parking lot, we saw a Plumbeous Vireo in the riparian area below Picketpost Mansion, and empidonax flycatchers today included a Hammond's and a silent Western-type -- either Cordilleran or Pacific-slope. Lawrence's Goldfinches were also in the demo garden, along with Hooded Oriole. Hummingbirds today included Rufous, Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Anna's and Costa's. near the palm grove was notable, we saw a Myiarchus sp. Flycatcher and also one American Robin. Also seen and heard were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk (over Queen Creek); Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (both Audubon's and Myrtle); Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: Karen Stucke added Zone-tailed Hawk to this list. Also, Sunday April 11 Troy Corman leads an 8:30 bird walk included with daily admission of $7.50.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, April 3
A Rufous Hummingbird guarded the feeder in the Demonstration Garden this morning; also in the Demo Garden our bird walk group had a rare chance for great looks at a male Lawrence's Goldfinch perched on a limb in the open for at least five minutes. We found the Vermilion Flycatcher's nest in the picnic area and saw both parents. Gray Flycatcher near the palm grove was notable, we saw a Myiarchus sp. Flycatcher and also one American Robin. Other species today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-winged Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bewick's Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Saw a few butterflies today, too, including 6 Pipevine Swallowtail, 1 Southern Dogface, 4 Pima Orangetip and 2 Empress Leilia.


From: Liz Hatcher and Russ Widner -- plus additional reports by Neil Butchard and Cathy Bower
Date: Friday, April 2
Liz and Russ reported one Rufous-backed Robin was near the Demonstration Garden entrance Friday. They also had American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco (the pink-sided race), one Dusky Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher and 1 Western type Flycatcher. Neil and Cathy reported Lawrence's Goldfinches, at least 3 males in the vicinity of the Picnic Area. Other birds reported Friday were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo (at least 7 or 8 of them); Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole (at least 4 or 5); House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: Neil and Cathy also reported Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Rock Pigeon, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Eropean Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, and Black-throated Sparrow.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, March 28
Painted Redstart was a highlight today, along with White-throated Swifts, Violet-green Swallows and also Northern Rough-winged Swallows. A silent empidonax flycatcher avoided a positive ID by remaining quiet. Robins are still here, surprisingly -- we saw an American Robin in Silver King Wash below Ayer Lake. An Arboretum member and frequent birder who is familiar with the Rufous-backed Robin from recent encounters this winter reported seeing at least one Rufous-backed Robin here at BTA last Tuesday -- but there was no sign of that bird today. Green-tailed Towhee was also a fun find for our Sunday bird walk group -- and Hooded Oriole, too. Other species today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy West
Date: Friday, March 26
Peregrine Falcon was exciting today on a Friday morning notable for raptors - we also had Common Black-hawk and Sharp-shinned Hawk. A Brown Creeper remains here, we had four hummingbird species (Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's and Anna's) and also four warblers: Orange-crowned, Lucy's, Yellow-rumped and Yellow. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was notable, too, and a Vermilion Flycatcher on her nest. Other species today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, March 25
A Painted Redstart was reported by Dave Ruehl today, seen at the east end of the picnic grove near the water fountain. We missed that migrant but we did see Hooded Oriole and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Lucy's Warblers seem to be everywhere! We heard them singing in every corner of the Arboretum today, and had great looks at one feeding on ripe seedheads of a Canaigre plant, or Wild Rhubarb, at the south side of the Demonstration Garden. Yellow Warblers were singing at the bottom of the Switchbacks section of trail below Picketpost Mansion; we also had Yellow-rumped Warblers. Lingering winter birds today included Dark-eyed Junco, Red-naped Sapsucker and White-crowned Sparrow. Also seen and heard were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Comon Raven, Verdin, four Wrens - I ( Cactus, Rock, Canyon, Marsh); Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla (one pair nesting in the cactus garden); Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Emily Morris, Arizona Audubon Society
Date: Monday, March 22
Yellow Warblers are back - I found one in the Picnic Area parking lot Monday morning. Lucy's Warblers are singing throughout the gardens, and other birds nesting include Anna's Hummingbird and Vermilion Flycatcher; watch for the latter tending a nest near the Picnic Area. There are still a few lingering winter migrants, too, including Red-naped Sapsucker, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco and White-crowed Sparrow. Great day for Wrens - I had House, Cactus, Rock and Canyon. Other birds around the gardens today (in their checklist order) were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Comon Raven, Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher (possibly nesting near the Cactus Garden and Legume Garden); European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 17-20, Wednesday-through-Saturday
While birding in the gardens March 17-20, I noted lingering winter birds that included 2 Red-naped Sapsuckers, 1 vociferous Hutton's Vireo, 1 Say's Phoebe, 2 Brown Creepers, 1 Marsh Wren, several Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 3 Hermit Thrushes, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Green-tailed Towhee (softly singing while shuffling through litter at the west end of the Demo Garden), 1 Spotted Towhee (east of the herb garden), White-crowned Sparrows, several "Oregon" Juncos, and numerous Red-winged Blackbirds. Roosting Turkey Vultures more than doubled. A Zone-tailed Hawk was first seen on Mar 19 and an apparent pair roosted on Mar 20. Two Eurasian Collared-Doves, a single White-winged Dove, two Mourning Doves, and a few Inca Doves were heard cooing. Some Anna's Hummingbirds carried nesting materials while others rested snugly in their nests; Broad-billed and Costa's Hummingbirds buzzed about feeders and flowers. The female Vermilion Flycatcher continued nest-building in a picnic grounds mesquite, while another male displayed near the eucalyptus grove. Singing Lucy's Warblers increased in numbers as a few Bell's Vireos settled in. A male Hooded Oriole seen March 18-20 will probably stay to breed. A transient female Williamson's Sapsucker drilled into pine trunks in the pine loop and picnic areas. The spring's first Black-throated Gray Warbler foraged with Lucy's and Yellow-rumped Warblers in the riparian area below the switchbacks on Mar 20. Transients included Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and Lincoln's Sparrow. I also observed 1 Pied-billed Grebe, a pair of Cooper's Hawks, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, 1 American Coot, White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe (paired at Ayer Lake), Common Raven, Verdin, resident wrens (Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon), Curve-billed Thrasher (1 pair with a single nestling nearly ready to fledge), European Starling, Phainopepla, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Abert's Towhee, periodically singing sparrows (Rufous-crowned, Black-throated, and Song), House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow. PS, the Williamson's was secretive and difficult to find.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton; also Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday, March 20
Listen for singing Black-throated Sparrows along the "switchbacks" section of trail below Picketpost Mansion. We heard them today; the song was similar to Bewick's Wren -- which are also vocal this month on their territories. Brown Creeper in the picnic area was a highlight today; it may be one of two individual birds, as one was reported at about the same time along the Pine Loop trail. Unusually late for these Winter migrants, also Dark-eyed Junco, to remain here. In their checklist order, here are other species around the gardens today: Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crownd Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: Florence resident Jane Wicklund was here Thursday and found these additional species Cooper's Hawk, Eurasian Collared Dove, Red-naped Sapcucker, Common Raven, Hermit thrush, and Northern Mockingbird. Join us March 25 when Jane guides her final Thursday bird walk.


From: Arizona Field Ornithologists Society (Troy Corman, Marceline Vandewater, Steve Ganley, Pierre Deviche, Kurt Radamaker)
Date: Sunday, March 14
Sunday afternoon's meeting of the Arizona Field Ornithologists Society gave many of us a chance to bird the gardens during the morning -- notable species include Common Black-hawk; the first 2010 report of a returning migrant here, and also a few other firsts for the season including Black-chinned Hummingbird, Bell's Vireo and Warbling Vireo. Four Western Bluebirds were seen, and as of Sunday there are two male Vermilion Flycatchers here, with one pair apparently nesting in the Picnic Area again this year. Additional reports around the gardens today include Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, 2 Inca Dove, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Costa's Hummingbird, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 25 Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: Kathe Anderson added Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Rock Wren, Hermit Thrush, and White-crowned Sparrow to this tally for Sunday


From: Steve and Joan Hosmer, also Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, March 11
The season's first returning Lucy's Warbler is back - we had one on today's guided Thursday bird walk lead by Jane Wicklund; other warblers included one Orange-crowned and three Yellow-rumps, and 2 individual Brown Creepers remain in the gardens. Jane has two more Thursday bird walks left for the Spring - March 18 and 25, if you'd like to join one. The male Vermilion Flycatcher first reported last week in the Picnic Area has been joined by a female, and she was gathering nesting materials this week. Other birds seen and heard today included Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Inca Dove, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Costa's Hummingbird, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 20 Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Phainopepla, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 20 White-crowned Sparrow, 12 Dark-eyed Junco, 15 Northern Cardinal, 4 House Finch, and 30 Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow. Editor's note: Jane Wicklund's checklist for the day added these species: American Coot, Mourning Dove, Eucopean Starling -- and one a Curve-billed thasher feeding young.


From: Troy Corman
Date: Saturday, March 6
A male Vermilion Flycatcher moving tree-to-tree in the Picnic Area marked the first report of this returning Spring migrant Saturday; a pair nested here last summer so watch for a female to arrive within weeks and re-establish a nesting territory. At the Demonstration Garden entrance we had a vocal Hutton's Vireo; high up in the eucalyptus trees near the entrance on Cooper's Hawk was calling, too. Saturday we found at least 15 separate Anna's Hummingbirds around the gardens, also 3 Broad-billeds and 6 Costa's. Additional birds seen and heard on the guided walk today were Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Inca Dove, 4 Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, Common Raven, 15 Verdin, 3 Bewick's Wren, 5 Cactus Wren, 2 Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, 3 Phainopepla, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 10 Abert's Towhee, 3 Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 10 White-crowned Sparrow, 8 Northern Cardinal, 12 Dark-eyed Junco, 15 Red-winged Blackbird, 20 House Finch, and 15 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, March 4
One White-winged Dove west of the parking lot and perched on a power line was notable this morning, along with Costa's and Broad-billed Hummingbird (Anna's too), and Violet-green Swallow. Join me for the next Thursday guided bird walks March 11, 18 and 25. Northern Cardinal was found, also a Pyrrhuloxia; other birds (in their BTA checklist order) today include: Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, February 25
One Purple Finch in the Demonstration Garden was "bird of the day" for our Thursday birdwalk group; we also found one Rufous-Backed Robin , a House Wren and three different hummingbird species - Broad-billed, Anna's and Costa's. Continuing Winter birds include one Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee and American Robin. Join us Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m. for our next walk! Other birds seen and heard today were Cooper's Hawk, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Mary Ellen Flynn - Tucson Audubon Society
Date: Wednesday, February 24
Tucson Audubon Society's spring trip to the Arboretum produced 26 species, notably one Brown Creeper and we also found a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Rock Wren, Canyon Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk and Inca Dove. Additional species were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Cooper's Hawk, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jim Burns
Date: Saturday, February 20
Pelting rain -- and hail -- abbreviated our guided bird walk Saturday morning, but the group of 24 people did get to see and hear Costa's Hummingbird, Inca Dove, Cactus Wren, Lesser Goldfinch, Canyon Wren, House Sparrow, Black Phoebe, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher, White-crowned Sparrow, Abert's Towhee, Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Pied-billed Grebe, Song Sparrow, Raven, Black-throated Sparrow, Flicker, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, and Cardinal. Birding on Friday prior to the walk we found one Rufous-Backed Robin on the "lawn" behind the biodiversity sign at trail marker #34, between the Herb Garden and the Susension Bridge. We also found one Brown Creeper on trees at the east end of the Eucalyptus Grove, and a male Pyrrhuloxia west of the Demonstration Garden. Other birds seen or heard at BTA include Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Say's Phoebe, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Crissal Thrasher, European Starling, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, February 18
One Turkey Vulture was here today, the first to arrive for 2010! It was perched near the Smith Building and later basking in the sun from another perch. If you visit this weekend look for an unusual Dark-eyed Junco with a small flock in the Picnic Area, one bird this morning had prominent white patches towards the back of the neck. We also had a Brown Creeper in the Picnic area, saw one Rufous-Backed Robin foraging in the green shoots on the right side of the main trail east of the Herb Garden, and American Robin in the Picnic Area -- with a Yellow-rumped Warbler nearby, too. Join us Thursday, February 25 at 8:30 a.m. for our next walk. Other birds around the gardens today were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: February 14, Sunday

A nice group of 15 participants and a pleasant morning -- the pair of Rufous-Backed Robibns were together on the south side of the main trail east of the herb garden, near the biodiversity sign. The group enjoyed close looks at a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in a tiny trailside bush just below the crest near the picket post house - too close for binoculars, easy to see, patient for a kinglet, and we even saw some of the ruby crown. Other birds -- in the order they were seen this morning, include: Verdin, Cactus Wren, Abert’s Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, House Sparrow, Anna’s Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Northern Cardinal, Gila Woodpecker, Lesser Goldfinch, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Raven, Northern Mockingbird, Canyon Wren, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Rufous-backed Robin, Red-naped Sapsucker, Costa’s Hummingbird and Cooper’s Hawk.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, February 11
One Golden Eagle soaring overhead was a highlight today and our weekly Thursday bird walk group had opportunities to see both Rufous-Backed Robin and American Robin, Brown Creeper in the Picnic Area and also the Herb Garden, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Join us Thursday, February 18 at 8:30 a.m. for our next walk! Also seen and heard around the gardens today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, February 6
We recorded the season's first returning Costa's Hummingbird this morning on our guided walk and also had a small flock of Western Bluebirds fly over. One Bridled Titmouse was seen by the full group, then later in the day I found a little flock of four Bridled Titmice over in the herb Garden. We had great looks at two Brown Creepers, one in the Picnic Area and the other closer to the Herb Garden. A Cooper's Hawk was in the eucalyptus tree near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden this morning at the start of our walk, and a female Broad-billed Hummingbird was here at the end of the day around 4:00. We also got four woodpecker species in different spots around the Demonstration Garden, towards the back end near Queen Creek: Gila Woodpecker, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker and Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Red-winged Blackbirds here, too. A Rufous-Backed Robin was just east of the Herb Garden foraging on the remaining pistachio and myrtle fruits. Also seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Only a few butterflies were out -- we saw Southern Dogface, American Snout, Sara Orangetip, Mourning Cloak and Sleepy Orange.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, February 4
Today was the first of eight Thursday Bird Walks I'll lead as a volunteer at the Arboretum, and the visitors who joined me had a chance to see the Rufous-Backed Robin and also an American Robin, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Geen-tailed Towhee, Hutton's Vireo and Orange-crowned Warbler. Join me next Thursday, February 11 at 8:30 a.m. for our next walk! Other birds today included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Red-winged Blackbird at Ayer Lake; also Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. There are weekend guided birdwalks on the schedule, too: Richard Ditch leads one Valentines Day February 14, then Jim Burns leads a walk here on February 20.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, January 29
Both American and Rufous-Backed Robin were found today along with wintering species including Dark-eyed Junco, Marsh Wren at Ayer Lake, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Northern (red-shafted) Flicker. Also seen and heard around BTA today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Sunday, January 24
Two Rufous-Backed Robins foraged in the myrtle shrub near the pump house in Queen Creek Canyon, and the Coatimundi was feasting on myrtle fruit here this morning, too. The main trail is eroded and closed east of here, and the riparian area inaccessible this week because of Queen Creek flooding. Other notable birds today were a Brown Creeper and an Orange-crowned Warbler in the Demonstration Garden - and a Cooper's Hawk which narrowly missed taking one of the Inca Doves there. Other birds today were Red-winged Blackbird, Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake; Red-tailed Hawk, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Finch. Editor's Note: today Jack re-confirmed the Williamson's Sapsucker which he found on the Christmas Bird Count last month in a residential area of the town of Superior, about five minutes drive from the Arboretum. The bird visited "sapsucker wells" in the row of pine trees near the junior / senior high school today, specifically it was seen on the trunk of a pine tree across from the southeast light pole near the football field. Mary Drive is closed this week due to flooding from Queen Creek; to reach the school complex take hwy 177, also known as the Ray Road which runs from Superior to Ray and Kearney, to Sunset Drive and follow Sunset past the Fairview Cemetary to the schools which are nearby.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2010
Green-tailed Towhee was a highlight today, and Wednesday was also a good day for woodpeckers -- I found Gila and Ladderbacked Woodpeckers as well as Red-naped Sapsucker and a red-shafted Northern Flicker. Australian trees are flowering this month, so watch the tops of the eucalyptus and red gums for Anna's Hummingbirds. Other birds in the gardens today were Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan, Cindy West & Millie Bilotta
Date: Sat, January 16, 2010
At least one Rufous-Backed Robin was seen foraging in the Myrtle bush today, moving often --- usually flying east/west for about 100 yards along the main trail between the Herb Garden and the myrtle over near the PumpHouse. Cindy photographed a Prairie Falcon perched on Magma Ridge, and our other most notable sighting was a female Broad-billed Hummingbird near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden; notable because Broad-billeds haven't been reported since Dec. 22. The only other hummingbird were Anna's, and nearly all of them male. Also seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Verdin, Bewick's Wren (in Eucalyptus Grove - and vocal); Canyon Wren, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher (at least half a dozen in various places between Palm Grove and Suspension Bridge); Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal and House Finch.


From: Jim Burns
Date: Friday, Jan 15, 2010
This morning at Boyce-Thompson both Rufous-Backed Robins and the Coatimundi were along the Main Trail just past signpost 34 when the arboretum opened. The robins than flew toward the Myrtle Tree overhanging the pumphouse and fed there periodically all morning, but they were feeding in the interior of the tree and afforded only brief unobstructed views. The Coati has an injured foot, left front, which may account for its hanging out at this reliable food source. It crossed the creek, climbed the rocks and accessed the Myrtle Tree from the east by jumping onto the pumphouse roof. It
alternately fed and slept in the top of the Myrtle all morning. Editor's note: this report originally appeard at BirdingOnTheNet.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: January 14, Thursday
, 2010
One, possibly two Rufous-backed Robins were making sorties to feed in the myrtle today, and I had a wonderful view of the Coatimundi at about 11:30 a.m., which was a "lifer." A Green-tailed Towhee was near the Demonstration Garden (Abert's and Spotted Towhee in other gardens, too). Also seen and heard around the gardens today were Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot on Ayer Lake; Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Say's and Black Phoebe; Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, and House Finch. Editor's Note: Brendon Grice posted coatimundi video when the animal was foraging near the Herb Garden back in November.


From: Diane Touret (Tucson Audubon Society trip)
Date: January 12, Tuesday
, 2010
Two Rufous-backed Robins were observed foraging on the ground in a grassy clearing near the "Pump House" with the overhanging myrtle shrub in Queen Creek Canyon; this Myrtle is still heavy with ripe fruit and is the location where one robin was reported this past weekend. A Brown Creeper was in the palm grove; other birds seen and heard around the gardens today include Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot on Ayer Lake; Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, both Say's and Black Phoebe; Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Crissal and also Curve-billed Thrashers; Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and House Finch. Editor's Note: Marceline Vandewater was here today and reported additional species including a Sharp-shinned Hawk near the Demonstration Garden entrance ramada; Cooper's Hawk, Red-naped Sapsucker (two, across from the Herb Garden in the tamarisk trees); Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Black-throated Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch, Gambel's Quail and Dark-eyed Juncos (Oregon race). Marceline saw a female Variegated Meadowhawk in Queen Creek canyon near the Herb Garden -- our first dragonfly report for 2010 -- and a Red-eared Slider sunning at Ayer Lake, also five butterfly species: American Snout, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Sleepy Orange and Southern Dogface.


From: Nancy and Reed Miller
Date: January 5, Tuesday
, 2010
A Green-tailed Towhee in the Demonstration Garden near the first intersection was notable today, along with the "pink sided" variety of Dark-eyed Juncos. We found both Crissal and Curve-billed Thrashers, 3 separate Red-naped Sapsuckers and both Say's and Black Phoebe. Also seen and heard around the gardens today were Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Steve and Joan Hosmer
Date: January 4, Monday
, 2010
Joan and I were at Boyce Thompson from about 8:00 AM through 3:00 PM. Things were a little slow to start out, but improved a bit as the morning progressed. I suspect the breezy weather in the morning didn't help seeing birds much. We did not see the resident coati that has been hanging out near the pump house, but we did see a Golden Eagle soaring high overhead, and 15 Verdin closer to the ground -- including one particularly industrious Verdin stealing material from another nest and using it for its nest by the Hummingbird garden. Among the most numerous birds, and a highlight today, were at least 20 Northern Cardinals, which seem most numerous around the Herb Garden. 2 Crissal Thrashers were also near the Herb Garden area --- feeding in a tree on red berries -- and we counted about 30 White-crowned Sparrows througout the gardens. Ayer's Lake had Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, and Black Phoebe (one of each). Other birds today were 1 Inca Dove (heard only), 10 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker (near the picnic area); 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Say's Phoebe, 1 -Common Raven, 4 Cactus Wren, 1 Canyon Wren (heard only); 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 2 Hermit Thrush (Herb Garden area); 8 Northern Mockingbird, 10 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 2 Spotted Towhee, 15 Abert's Towhee, 4 Song Sparrow, 7 Dark-eyed Junco, 15 House Finch, 2 Lesser Goldfinch and 3 House Sparrow.


From: Craig Fischer and Christmas Bird Count Volunteers (Arboretum and nearby areas)
Date: December 26, Saturday
, 2009
Rufous-Backed Robins can still be found in the myrtle hedge just below the Ayer Lake dam, two individual birds were seen on today's annual Christmas Bird Count. We also had a handsome transient Bufflehead on Ayer Lake, along with the resident Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot, 1 Marsh Wren, and 28 Red-winged Blackbirds. A few highlights of the count include a Bridled Titmouse at the west side of the Picnic Area, near the
Demonstration Garden fence; and a Golden Eagle soaring over highway 60 and the Arboretum main gate around 3:30 p.m. A Brown Creeper was found, and one Green-tailed Towhee. One other notable report from Saturday was sent by text from Arboretum bird walk volunteer tour guide Diane Krpan, who reported three Harris Hawks perched on a power pole just outside the Arboretum's main gate around lunchtime. Other birds today, in checklist order and reported by numbers found, include: 37 Gambel's Quail, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Inca Dove, 21 Anna's Hummingbird, 31 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, 4 Red-naped Sapsucker,9 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 10 Black Phoebe, 8 Say's Phoebe, 1 Hutton's Vireo, 2 Western-scrub Jay, Common Raven, 36 Verdin, 1 Bewick's Wren, 20 Cactus Wren, 5 Rock Wren, 7 Canyon Wren, 15 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 4 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 20 Western Bluebird, 8 Hermit Thrush, 1 American Robin, 15 Northern Mockingbird, 18 Curve-billed Thrasher, 5 Crissal Thrasher, 2 European Starling, 19 Phainopepla, 20 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, 4 Canyon Towhee, 34 Abert's Towhee, 9 Spotted Towhee, 123 Black-throated Sparrow, 8 Song Sparrow, 66 White-crowned Sparrow, 33 Dark-eyed Junco, 69 Northern Cardinal, 85 House Finch, 4 Lesser Goldfinch and 15 House Sparrow. ** Editor's note: this report includes numbers and species from teams which also canvassed Arnett Canyon to the south of the Arboretum, and Arboretum areas which are accessible to the public. Special thanks to volunteers including Craig Fischer, Jason Beason, Eric and Elaine Hough, Linda and Dean Mason, Curtis Burns, Becky and Scott Allen, Heather and Bill Bateman, Amanda Moors and Paul Wolterbeek.


From: Craig Hansen, Jolan and Brandon
Date: December 22, Tuesday
, 2009
The Rufous-Backed Robins (yes, there are still at least two of them at the Arboretum this week!) had returned Tuesday morning to forage on myrtle berries in the thicket below the dam that impounds Ayer Lake. Hermit Thrush and Song Sparrow were here as well, with American Coot on the lake. Other birds today included Cooper's Hawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: the Superior Christmas Bird Count is December 26. To sign up contact Cynthia Donald by phone at 480-283-4515 or by email to planres@earthlink.net


From: Jack Bartley
Date: December 12, Saturday
, 2009
Definitely two, and possibly three, separate Rufous-Backed Robins were observed feasting on pyracantha berries Saturday near the Herb Garden. A Brown Creeper was in the Demonstration Garden, and so were two separate Bridled Titmice. Western Bluebirds and Crissal Thrashers continue to be a fun surprise at BTA this winter. Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Red-winged Blackbird were at Ayer Lake, and other birds today were Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: volunteers are welcome to help with the Superior Christmas Bird Count December 26, which includes Boyce Thompson Arboretum. To sign up contact Cynthia Donald by phone at 480-283-4515 or by email to planres@earthlink.net


From: Jim Burns
Date: December 6, Sunday
, 2009
Crissal Thrashers were still at BTA this morning, we found at least five on this morning's cold, rainy Sunday bird walk. A Fox Sparrow was notable, so was the male Pyrrhuloxia seen near the Smith Building parking lot by a staff member following the bird walk. One less Greater Roadrunner will be hunting around the gardens -- we watched a Red-tailed Hawk glide west from Ayer Lake across highway 60 to capture a Roadrunner -- returning to a perch on a power pole with its prey. Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot were also at Ayer Lake, but there was no sign of exciting rarities in the myrtle shrubs below the dam. Other birds today were Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: additional birds reported by Jmartin and Msequeira Saturday included Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Raven, House Wren, Chipping Sparrow and Black-throated Sparrow.
check out Jim Burns Bird-Is-A-Verb column on AZCentral; lastly -- volunteers are needed for the Superior Christmas Bird Count December 26. To sign up contact Cynthia Donald by phone at 480-283-4515 or by email to planres@earthlink.net


From: Andree Tarby & Friends
Date: November 28, Saturday, 2009
New location to report for the Rufous-Backed Robin -- Saturday morning one bird was found in the clump of coniferous trees below the dam which impounds Ayer Lake. There's a myrtle bush with fruit here, so this location may continue to be worth checking through the first week of December. Loggerhead Shrike, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher American Robin and Crissal thrasher were notable today, and others seen/heard around the gardens were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird and House Finch. Editor's Note: Brendon Grice photographed a coatimundi foraging near the Herb Garden around 9:00 a.m.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: November 22, Sunday, 2009
Two separate Rufous-Backed Robins continue to forage furtively around the fruiting trees in front of the Smith Building - both were seen Sunday on our guided birdwalk. Western Bluebirds were in the Demonstration Garden, we had a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher in the Cactus Garden and Red-winged Blackbirds. Crissal Thrasher, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Hutton's Vireo and Say's Phoebe were found, too! Also seen/heard in the gardens were Red-tailed Hawk, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, House Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch. Other visitors reported an American Robin in the Demo Garden, and one other fun sighting was a Hog-nosed Skunk! Editor's Note: Brendon Grice photographed a coatimundi foraging near the Herb Garden around 9:00 a.m. And BTA's final 2009 bird walk will be Dec. 6 (sunday) with Jim Burns, there's also an 11:00 a.m. slideshow of "Birds of India" by Anand Arya at 11:00 that same morning, please join us!



From: Richard Ditch
Date: November 21, Saturday
, 2009
Rufous-Backed Robin was seen again today in front of the Smith Building, alhough furtively. Other birds today were American Coot, Anna’s Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Greater Roadrunner, Mourning Dove, Common Raven, Gila Woodpecker, Northern
(red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cactus Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Verdin, Hutton’s Vireo, Phainopepla,
Cedar Waxwing, Say’s Phoebe, Black Phoebe, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Rufous-backed Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed
Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal, Abert’s Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Green-
tailed Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser
Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Karen Stucke
Date: November 14, Saturday
, 2009
Rufous-Backed Robin was a "life bird" for me today at the Arboretum, while American Robin, Crissal Thrasher and Cooper's Hawk were also notable. Others found today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Brendon Grice photographed a coatimundi foraging near the Herb Garden around 9:00 a.m.


From: Marceline Vandewater and Paul Kinslow -- with additional sightings reported by Jim Scarlett
Date: November 10, Tuesday

The myrtle bush near the Smith Building bathrooms continues to have plenty ripe fruit, Tuesday morning it still had one Rufous-Backed Robin seen occasionally foraging for the dark blue fruits. Cassin's Vireo was another good find today, along with Hutton's Vireo, Greater Roadrunner, Say's Phoebe, Western Bluebird and Inca Dove; we found at least three Crissal Thrashers and had good looks at a Green-tailed Towhee -- a total of 42 species of birds and 16 species of butterflies -- not bad for a day in November! Other birds seen and heard around the gardens today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed, Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Northern Mockingbird, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Jim Scarlett shared a checklist from Tuesday morning and added these species: Gilded Flicker, Orange-crowned Warbler, Chipping Sparrow and Great-tailed Grackle. Editor's Note: Marceline also reported these butterflies: Painted Lady, Cloudless Sulphur, Gray Hairstreak, Queen, Pipevine Swallowtail, American Snout, Southern Dogface, Orange Sulphur, Western Pygmy Blue, Common Buckeye, Common Checkered Skipper, Marine Blue, Mormon Metalmark, Monarch, Ceraunus Blue and Mexican Yellow.


From: Kathe Anderson -- with additional sightings reported by Pete Moulton
Date: November 8, Sunday

A Band-tailed Pigeon photographed by Pete Moulton near the pyracantha just west of the Herb Garden was among the most notable birds today, and our Sunday bird walk group was fortunate to see a previously reported Rufous-Backed Robin foraging alongside Cedar Waxwings, Phainopepla, Northern Mockingbirds, a Western Tanager and others in the myrtle bush which still has a wealth of dark blue fruits and is located across the trail from bathrooms at the west side of the Smith Building, just a short walk from the main visitor center. Our walk began with great views of a Cooper's Hawk that cruised overhead as we assembled behind the visitor center at 8:30, American Robin was also present today, and its thrilling to see several Crissal Thrashers kicking around in the leaf litter and foraging on both sides of the main trail between the Herb Garden and the suspension bridge. Additional sightings by Pete Moulton follow at the end of our list; other birds seen and heard around the gardens today on the guided walk included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Pete Moulton was birding separately with friends and added these to the Sunday report: Sharp-shinned Hawk (a juvenile above Ayer Lake, headed north at high velocity); Mourning Dove, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, one Hutton's Vireo in the picnic area; European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco (all of them Oregon types); Red-winged Blackbird and Great-tailed Grackle. Pete also birded Oak Flat briefly after noon and reported Western Scrub-Jay and Canyon Towhee.


From: Pierre Deviche, Brendon Grice, Joyce Goodman -- with additional sightings from Heather Bateman
Date: November 7, Saturday

Here's a "tip of the hat" to Rich for the Friday report of two Rufous-Backed Robins feeding in the myrtle bush loaded with dark blue fruits just outside the Smith Building bathrooms. Both birds were observed in the same myrtle at the same time on numerous occasions Saturday -- a rare treat! Other birds competing for the yrtle fruits today included American Robin, Summer Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, at least a dozen Cedar Waxwings -- and also a possible Rose-breasted Grosbeak observed by Heather Bateman and her ASU birding class. The other notable report was a possible Purple Finch reported by Pierre Deviche; who reports this rarity may have been photographed by Brendon Grice. Check the Arizona Field Ornithologists website AZFO.org for more info. Common birds feeding at the myrtle included Phainopepla, Gila Woodpecker, and Northern Mockingbird. This report combines two checklists from Joyce adn Heather, and blends in a verbal account of sightings by Pierre Deviche -- other birds seen and heard around the gardens today included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Red-tailed Hawk, Greater Roadrunner, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Joyce Goodman -- with additional sightings from Lois Lorenz -- and also Jack Bartley
Date: October 31, Saturday

An Eastern Phoebe was found and also photographed by Brendon Grice in the Demonstration Garden, along with White-throated Sparrow. The Rufous-Backed Robin was here as well -- one place to look is the myrtle bush loaded with dark blue fruits just outside the Smith Building bathrooms. Also American Robin, Crissal Thrasher, Western Tanager, Costa's Hummingbird and Hutton's Vireo. Others seen heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Lois Lorenz and Sandra added these species to the list provided by Joyce: Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Cactus Wren (by ear); Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and Great-tailed Grackle. Additional note: Jack Bartley also reported these species around Whitlow Dam from October 29: Green-winged Teal, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Greater Roadrunner, Gilded Flicker, Red-breasted X. Red-naped Sapsucker and also Yellow-shafted X. Red-shafted Sapsucker, Say's Pheobe, Plumbeous Vireo, Western-scrub Jay, Bushtit, Brown Creeper, Western Bluebird, Black-throated Gray Warbler and Rufous-crowned Sparrow.


From: Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald - with a Queen Creek footnote from Jack Bartley
Date: October 25, Sunday

The Rufous-Backed Robin was still feeding on ripe pistachio fruits in the Picnic Area trees, along with various other birds this morning -- and notable species found on our guided bird walk included Brown Creeper, both Blue-gray and Black-tailed Gnatcatchers, Chipping Sparrow, Western Meadowlark and Common Ground-Dove -- four of these (!). Others seen heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Cooper's Hawk, Greater Roadrunner, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, European Starling, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (all Gambel's, as far as I could tell); Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided and Gray-headed); Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Jack Bartley birded Queen Creek upstream from the Arboretum Sunday and reported these additional species not found on the Arboretum grounds: Hutton's Vireo, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, House Wren, Rock Wren, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow -- and Common Ground Dove at the old Pinal town site, along with Plumbeous Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Townsend's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Orange-crowned Warbler, Bridled Titmouse, and Brown Creeper.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: October 21, Wednesday

I had a Rufous-Backed Robin in the Chinese Pistachio tree in the picnic area. It was feeding around eye level on the outside of the tree around 11:00 a.m. Other birds at this tree included Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Northern Mockingbird, and White-crowned Sparrow. There's fruit on this tree for a few more days; I had spent more time at the Chinese Pistachio near the east end of
the Herb Garden looking for thrashers to see if I could find the suspected LeConte's Thrasher from Saturday. I did not. Instead I had a Crissal Thrasher there. There is a lot more fruit on this tree than the one in the picnic area and many more birds feeding here. Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton will lead the Arboretum bird walk Sunday, October 25, at 8:30 a.m.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: October 17, Saturday

In spite of the unwelcome high temperatures we had interesting birds: Crissal Thrasher - one or more were active in and under the shrubs by the picnic area near the dry creek when we finally got there around 11:00 am. A Curve-billed Thrasher kept chasing the Crissal(s). We were surprised to have an Osprey flying east along the main canyon, viewed against the mass of Picket Post Mountain from the trail between Ayer Lake and the Picket Post House. Time was probably 9:30 am. Bigger surprise was a meadowlark in the Demonstration Garden around 10:30 am. It flew up from a small open area beneath the stucco wall with the round "window" in it and flew over the the path leading to the "Wildflower meadow' depression. We saw it some more down in the meadow and finally watched it fly out towards the creek bed carrying a dragonfly or other large insect. Finally, Brendon Grice and I heard an unusual bit of bird song near a Chinese Pistachio tree with lots of fruit in the main canyon a little east of the Herb Garden. Brendon was able to get a partial view and determined it was a thrasher with a long curved bill. At the time we wrote it off as another Crissal, but after listening to recored calls at our respective homes we both decided it was very likely a LeConte's Thrasher. Please be alert to this possible bird if you are birding there in the next couple of days. Habitat at Boyce is nothing like the barren open places I've seen them elsewhere so confirmation from another birder would be appreciated. Also seen and heard were Gila Woodpecker, House Finch, Pyrrhuloxia, Cedar Waxwing, Cactus Wren, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Black-throated Sparrow, Inca Dove, Phainopepla, Common Raven, Lesser Goldfinch, Hermit Thrush, Abert’s Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Canyon Wren, Cooper’s Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco, Verdin, Red-naped Sapsucker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Tree Swallow, European Starling, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gambel’s Quail, Brown Creeper, Spotted Towhee, Orange-crowned Warbler and Swainson’s Thrush.


From: Troy Corman and Cindy Marple
Date: October 11, Sunday

Cindy Marple and I lead the Sunday bird walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum With assistance from Grant and Tyler Loomis, we managed to detect over 50 species, which is above average for these walks. Highlights included a VAUX'S SWIFT with migrating VIOLET-GREEN and Northern ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS and three GROUND-DOVES perched on rocks near the far side of the pond. They appeared to be COMMON GROUND-DOVES based on size and shape, but only the closest one could be positively identified due to the distance and without a scope. Any ground-doves are rare visitors to the park. With the departure of the summering Bell's Vireos, we still managed a four vireo morning with WARBLING, HUTTON'S, PLUMBEOUS and CASSIN'S. The infamous Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird put on a good show for the 20+ participants on our walk along with numerous ANNA'S and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, and a single lingering RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD. The only irregular montane species that was detected was a single BRIDLED TITMOUSE which I heard briefly during the walk, but relocated after to determine it was alone and wandering all over. The fruiting shrubs and trees were locally attracting many birds including numerous woodpeckers, at least three WESTERN TANAGERS and a single juv. CEDAR WAXWING. The picnic area gave us a surprisingly good view of a CRISSAL THRASHER in direct comparison with the several CURVE-BILLED THRASHERS. We did not detect any robins or other thrushes, but with the abundant and widespread fruit crop, I suspect the arboretum should attract good numbers of them in the near future. Hope to see you in the field...


From: Eric and Elaine Hough -- with a Sage Thrasher footnote by Pete Moulton
Date: October 3, Saturday

Three Crissal Thrashers -- and also three Cedar Waxwings -- were particularly notable today on our guided bird walk. Waxwings were first observed feeding on ripe pistachio fruit near trail marker #42 as you approach the Herb Garden, along with Northern "Red-shafted" Flickers, Warbling Vireos, Red-naped Sapsuckers, Verdins and Gila Woodpeckers. Pete Moulton found a Sage Thrasher (see his report after ours), and a Green- tailed Towhee was just west of this spot, closer to the olive trees, along with a a Spotted Towhee. We also found a brilliantly colored Wilson's Warbler in the Demonstration Garden, and "El Catrin," the Arboretum's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird in the hummingbird-butterfly garden -- and a MacGillvray's Warbler. Other birds today include Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbirds, Anna's Hummingbird, one female Broad-tailed Hummingbird, a female Rufous Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, 2 Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo (many), Common Raven, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat (in Queen Creek, seen from the Demonstration Garden); Yellow-breasted Chat in the hummingbird garden, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Don't miss the October 11 bird walk guided by Troy Corman here at 8:30 a.m. Editor's Note: Pete Moulton and Jack Follett were guiding a separate tour and found a Sage Thrasher about 200 yards above Ayer Lake, on the north side of the trail where the Black-throated Sparrows usually hang out -- and also a female Blue Grosbeak at Ayer Lake; they also found, Scott's Oriole, Cassin's Kingbird, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-headed Growbeak, Hermit Thrush, and Red-winged Blackbird. Pete's group headed to Oak Flats after the Arboretum visit, where they added Wedtern Meadowlark and Western-scrub Jay to this impressive list.


From: Brendon Grice
Date: September 27, Sunday

A pipit on the shore of Ayer Lake was notable today and I found the previously reported Ovenbird at 12:30 and again at 2:00 in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, beneath the shady canopy just as you enter the garden to the left beneath the persimmon tree which is loaded with fruit. Also notable today were Olive-sided Flycatcher perched on the Eucalyptus Tree overhanging the wash viewable as you look downstream from the white bridge over Silver King Wash. Lark Sparrows were seen above Ayer lake where the "temporary creek" is flowing; a Macgillivary's Warbler was in the Demonstratiron Garden by the bowl water feature. Also observed a Greater Roadrunner by the Bowl, then again on my way driving out of the picnic area by the entry gate. A female Indigo Bunting was by the waterfall feature behind the demonstration garden wall, and I had a Bewick's Wren there and in the
picnic area, too. If you bird BTA this week check the pistachio trees right near the Herb Garden where the fruits are ripe and are trees loaded with Warbling Vireos and Red-naped Sapsuckers and Northern Flickers. Also found a Green- tailed Towhee in the Demonstration Garden.


From: Cathy Wise, with additional reports from Jack Holloway
Date: September 26, Saturday

Our group tallied 59 species on today's "Bye Bye Buzzards" bird walk; among the most notable were two Green-tailed Towhees in the Demonstration Garden (one molting and almost completely lacking a tail), as well as Blue-winged Teal at Ayer Lake and interesting Sparrows up above the lake including Brewer's, Verper and Black-throated -- also Song and the season's first returning wintertime Lincoln's and White-crowneds. Oh, and a Killdeer at the shore of Ayer Lake! Other birds seen and heard today were include Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrel, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, El Catrin (BTA's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird); Gila Woodpecker, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Gilded Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, an empidonax Flycatcher of undetermined species; Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (first of the season!); Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Jack Holloway added a few species including three Common Ground Dove seen at Ayer Lake, Broad-tailed Hummingbird in the butterfly garden, Dusky Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Rock Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); and two Cinnamon Teal at Ayer Lake.


From: Jim Burns
Date: September 18, Friday

Deva and I birded BTA yesterday, migratory birds on the wane, winter stuff not in yet, but we still found 43 species -- including Greater Roadrunner coming to the new "Australian seep" garden, the first roadrunner I've ever seen at BTA in all these years! Others seen and heard include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Rock Pigeon, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, El Catrin (BTA's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird); Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker (two --the first two I've seen this fall); Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo (by far the most numerous bird in the park-maybe 25 in the pistachio tree at trail marker #40), Common Raven, Cliff Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Nashville Warbler (several), Wilson's Warbler (several), Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Vera Walters
Date: September 14, Monday

American Kestrel was notable today and so was Orange-crowned Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Wilson's Warbler, Greater Roadrunner, Western Wood Pe-wee, Cordilleran Flycatcher and the season's first returning migrant Hermit Thrush. Also found today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Additionally, BTA staffer Paul Wolterbeek mentioned seeing a Yellow-headed Blackbird which briefly stopped by at Ayer Lake.


From: Vera Walters --- with additional reports by Jack Holloway
Date: Monday, Labor Day, September 7

Common Ground Dove observed from the High Trail was a highlight today, along with Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Barn Swallowand Ash-throated Flycatcher. (Editor's note: Jack Holloway's list included some of the following birds in common with Vera's, but added Lazuli Bunting, White-throated Swift, Warbling Vireo and Western Kingbird. other birds seen today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird (also Anna's, Rufous, Black-chinned and BTA's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird); Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Scott and Becky Allen
Date: Saturday August 29

We saw that Barn Owl again this morning, probably the same bird observed when Dave Pearson guided the bird walk back in July. This morning it was rousted from a perch near the Drover's Shed and flew over into the tall thicket of trees at the entrance of the Demonstration Garden. Our other highlight in this area was a Lazuli Bunting seen near the white bridge over Silver King Wash. Becky photographed an immature female Hermit Warbler near the Children's Garden Saturday, too. The morning was hot, so bird activity was not -- other birds seen today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird (also Anna's, Rufous and BTA's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird); Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal and Lesser Goldfinch. BTA staffer Paul also reported seeing a Western Kingbird perched above Ayerk Lake and a lone Pied-billed Grebe on the water - with Purple Martins and Northern Rough-winged Swallows swooping down to the surface. Editor's Note: this week check out the row of ripe jujubes just east of the Herb Garden -- Tuesday morning a Green-tailed Towhee was observed feeding on crushed fruit on the main trail; others nearby included Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Yellow-breasted Chat, Verdin and Tanager.


From: Marceline VandeWater
Date: Tuesday August 25

Saw a Crissal Thrasher today, I've heard them before at BTA but this marks the first sighting -- also notable were Barn Swallows swooping over Ayer Lake, a Dusky Flycatcher, one Wilson's Warbler and a small flock of Lark Sparrows. Migrant Broad-tailed and Rufous Hummingbirds were competing at the feeders with the Anna's, and flycatcher species included Vermilion, Brown-crested, Black Phoebe and Western Kingbird. Also seen and heard were Pied-billed Grebe (one at Ayer Lake); Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch. Other than birds, a Gila Monster found near the bridge over Silver King Wash was a special treat today; butterflies were few and far between, but sightings included one Sleepy Orange nectaring on Aster at Silver King Wash, two Acacia Skippers, a Monarch in the Demonstration Garden and one Orange Skipperling - also in the Demo Garden. Central Arizona Butterfly Association has our annual count at BTA on September 12 - Join us for the annual CAZBA.org butterfly count


From: Jim Burns
Date: Sunday August 16

We had the season's first migrant Rufous Hummingbird at the feeders this morning along with "El Catrin," the famous Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird and also Anna's and Broad-billed Hummingbirds. Purple Martins were flying over Ayer Lake, along with Barn Swallow and Northern Rough-Winged Swallow, and one Pied-billed Grebe on the water for the first time in several months. We saw both Cooper's and Zone-tailed Hawk - and we had about 50 people along for this morning's guided birdwalk, which was impressive! Other birds seen and heard were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Black-throated Sparrpw, Northern Cardinal, Lazuli Bunting, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch. Additionally, Terry Minks of Oro Valley reported seeing a turkey fly and "gobble" in Queen Creek Canyon, but that wasn't seen by others in our group. Interesting report, though, considering the resident turkeys here at BTA from November-through-March. Editor's Note: Check out Jim's "Bird Is A Verb" column on AZcentral.


From: Ron Bimrose and Paul Morris
Date: Monday August 3

A Green Heron at Ayer Lake and three hawk species (Cooper's, Zone-tailed and Red-Tailed) were notable today - and we also found a small owl around 9:00 a.m. just east of the Herb Garden. It was perched and being mobbed by other birds, I'm confident it was not an elf owl...this bird was bigger. The head, the face and the markings down the front make me think it was a Saw-whet, that matches up with all my guides, and it lacked the ear tufts of a Western Screech.Other birds today included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vultures, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds Gila Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (east end of the High Trail); Northern Cardinal, a Bunting (just a glimpse, species undetermined); Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday August 2

Warm temps made for a quiet Sunday; still managed notable finds around BTA including a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron at Ayer Lake, where we also saw an adult Great Blue Heron, with Purple Martins swooping down to the lake surface for water. It was also encouraging to see a strong, healthy juvenile Cooper's Hawk (probably this year's) perched above Ayer Lake and also later hunting along the main trail near the Suspension Bridge. One Zone-tailed Hawk was on the usual perch just above the High Trail, and Hummingbirds today included Broad-billed (Hummingbird Garden, also the Demonstration Garden) Anna's and also "El Catrin" the famous Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird. Also seen and heard today were: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vultures, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Cliff Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (High Trail); Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. We might have also heard a Crissal Thrasher calling in the Queen Creek Canyon riparian area - but were unable to confirm it. Sure called like the Crissals you commonly hear up at Oak Flats and higher elevations, though; wish we'd had a clear view.


From: Dave Pearson
Date: Saturday July 11

Three Purple Martins circling over Ayer Lake were a highlight on our guided walk today; prior to that our entire group saw a Barn Owl after 9:00 a.m. which circled over our group while we were in the Demonstration Garden. We had about 20 people on the walk, and found an even 40 species including Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-Winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Cliff Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday July 4

Most "exciting sighting" today was a Barn Owl that flew over the visitor center and the hummingbird garden around 9:00 a.m., moving from west to east and being harassed by other birds. Wow! Prescott College Prof. Carl Tomoff was also here this morning, also saw the Barn owl, and he mentioned seeing a male Indigo Bunting in the Desert Legume Garden on several different days this week (with a second Indigo Bunting -- one lacking uniform blue plumage -- near the Herb Garden), and also a Blue grosbeak. I missed out on those, but other birds today include Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk (Eucalyptus grove area); Mourning Dove, White-Winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. I didn't check out Ayer Lake, but BTA staffer Paul told me there was a Common yellowthroat calling at Ayer Lake most of the morning, and a Purple martin was observed swooping over the water -- with Black Phoebe and Song Sparrow lurking around the cattails.


From: Gary Nunn
Date: Thursday June 18

Almost the first bird heard this morning at BTA was a calling YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO somewhere in the Demonstration Garden. It showed well at 6:15 a.m. flying up into a low eucalyptus tree right over the entrance to the Demonstration Garden and in front of me, talk about luck. It sat in the morning sun for a few minutes and then flew off east over the arboretum. I did not hear it call again over the next couple hours. Good numbers of birds around the arboretum, Yellow-breasted Chat singing up a storm all over the place, a nest with several large young inside and parent feeding was a nice sight. Other species included Summer Tanager, Lazuli Bunting (female), Black-headed Grosbeak (male), two very drab looking Violet-green Swallows, families of Phainopepla, Black-throated Sparrow, Lucy's Warbler, Canyon Wren, Vermilion Flycatcher. Good numbers around of regulars such as Hooded Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch, Broad-billed and Costa's Hummingbird. Impressed by the number of roosting Turkey Vulture on the south rocky hillside I made a quick count, 71 individuals in view, there almost certainly were more on the hillside across Queen Creek that I could not see. Sitting at the back of this unruly gaggle a Zone-tailed Hawk on it's usual twiggy roost perch until 7:00 a.m.


From: Cindy West & Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday June 13

Saturday was fantastic -- one highlight was seeing three chicks in the Cooper's Hawk nest. The Cooper's Hawk babies are much bigger than we first thought when they were spotted June 7! I looked at that one sitting up in the nest and thought it was the adult at first, but then saw the fuzzy feathers on its head. They'll probably fledge within the next two weeks, I'll bet. And we may have also heard a Pygmy owl -- it was hooting from around the palm tree area. We first heard it from the overlook over by the "seep," then walked down to see if we could spot it. But there is so much brush in there it could easily hide. The Hybrid Hummingbird showed off for us and others on a branch in the Hummingbird area, it looked like he had just taken a bath and was fluffed up and preening. Here's our list of species seen Saturday, including herps (skip to the end for the reptile report): Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Pygmy-owl (heard only), White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Cliff Swallow, Verdin (families), Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler (families), Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. "Herps" seen were Greater Earless Lizard, Side-blotched Lizard, Whiptail, Clark's Spiny Lizard, Collared Lizard, Tree Lizard, Chuckwalla, Sonoran Whipsnake and Black-tailed Rattlesnake. The Black-tailed Rattlesnake was in the herb garden. I was watching a Canyon Wren that was fussing and as I followed it along the cliff face, there, hanging from some little tree branches, was a Black-tailed Rattlesnake! The other snake we saw, the Sonoran Whipsnake, was lovely. About four feet long, and going across the trail as we walked up the hill from the Queen Creek side. We could see segments of it as it rested amongst the rocks and grass on the left side of the trail. Besides the snakes, we had all the herps (including a lovely view of the chuckwalla up on the ridge). We even had a great view of a Clark's Spiny Lizard on a tree across from the Herb Garden (on a tree across from the bench). He had vibrant turquoise on his throat and his belly.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday June 7

The Arboretum's resident Cooper's Hawk has a nest with at least one fledgling -- in the Eucalyptus Grove, just past "Mr. Big" as you walk down the Pine Loop trail, look west and high up, the nest is camoflaged on a leafy eucalyptus branch which crosses sideways over a tall pine tree. Other birds Sunday include Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird (found a female on her nest west of the Herb Garden right on the Main Trail near a bench); Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe (two at Ayer Lake); Brown-crested Flycatcher (across from the Suspension Bridge); Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray gnatcatcher (across from the Suspension Bridge); Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (at Ayer Lake); Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch. "Herps" seen today include an Eastern Collared Lizard (on the trail above Ayer Lake); Greater Earless Lizard (multiple locations); Ornate Tree Lizard (multiple locations); Common Side-blotched lizard (Cactus Garden); Desert Spiny Lizard (multiple locations); Clark's Spiny Lizard (in a tree along trail at Queen Creek near the "Cave") and Various Whiptail species found in multiple locations. Editor's Note: after Diane found this nest, three fledglings were observed a day later.


From: Gary Nunn
Date: Tuesday, June 2

A Common Blackhawk flew over Queen Creek today, and a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak was feeding at the very far end of the Demonstration Garden on June 2. It was moving around in tops of fruiting acacia trees chomping on the unripe pods. Much paler than female Black-headed Grosbeak and with no buff at all in the plumage. Pale uniform bill color was also noticeable. Also found a Yellow-breasted Chat nest in the Demonstration Garden near the small water fall (with two chairs). Look to the pond at the bottom with the few goldfish. Keep looking to the left and you will see a small Bay Laurel tree, at least that what it looked like to me, it is only 10-20 feet maybe from the goldfish pond. The nest is about six feet up in the center of the Bay Laurel. Female was sitting very tight on Tuesday morning and the male came to feed her, must be incubating. You could probably get some amazing photos if you put a small hide up and found a good vantage point to look into the small tree. Also notable were Bronzed Cowbird, and Lazuli Bunting; other birds seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vultures, Zone-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-Billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla (a family); Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday May 31

It was worth checking Ayer Lake early Sunday morning - had a great look at an immature Black-crowned Night Heron circling high overhead, Violet-green Swallow and Northern Rough-winged Swallows (and Black Phoebe) swooping around the lake, with Common Yellowthroat and Song Sparrow in the cattails. Also had a great view of a Zone-tailed Hawk perched on a flowering Agave chrysantha up on the ridge overlooking the lake. Walking the High Trail we found a Canyon Towhee and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher family, and heard a Rufous-crowned Sparrow calling below the trail. Also seen and heard today were: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vultures, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated swift (above Ayer Lake), Broad-Billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven , Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (at Ayer Lake), Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird (In Demo Garden); Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. By the waym wow long has it been since anyone saw pied-billed grebes or coots at Ayer Lake? I haven't seen them in quite some time. Very strange.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Saturday May 23

Ayer Lake had a Spotted Sandpiper this morning, which is unusual for BTA. We had great looks at vivid Broad-billed Hummingbirds (also Anna's, Costa's and a possible Black-chinned); Western Wood Pe-wee and Bronzed Cowbird, along with both Summer and Western Tanager. Also seen or heard today were: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat (we had great looks right in the Hummingbird Garden at the start of our walk); Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Gorsbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday May 16

A Swainson's Thrush was lurking by the artificial stream in the Demonstration Garden on Saturday morning; other notable birds included Ash-throated Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, an audible Greater Roadrunner -- and Cooper's Hawk. Also seen and heard around the Arboretum were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Spotted Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove (heard); White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Gorsbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: NAMC bird count (Dan, Paul, Scott & Becky, Cathy, Ray)
Date: Saturday May 9

A handsome male Indigo Bunting was the most notable find Saturday during the annual North American Migrant Count; he flew sorties back and forth across Queen Creek near the suspension bridge, both upstream and downstream. The bird was first reported in this general location back on May 4, and was still here as of Sunday morning. A MacGillvray's Warbler skulking in thickets along the diagonal trail behind the palm trees at around 2:00 p.m. was also a welcome find with today's tally. Other birds Saturday include 7 Gambel's Quail, 17 Turkey Vulture, 2 Zone-tailed Hawk, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 5 White-winged Dove, 11 Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 5 White-throated Swift, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 2 Costa's Hummingbird -- also the unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird -- 5 Gila Woodpecker, 4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 unidentified empidonax flycatcher, 2 Black Phoebe, 7 Vermilion Flycatcher, 5 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 6 Bell's Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 11 Verdin, 1 Violet-green Swallow, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 3 Canyon Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, 2 Rock Wren, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 8 Phainopepla, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Lucy's Warbler, 6 Yellow Warbler, 5 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), 2 Wilson's Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 3 Yellow-breasted Chat, 6 Summer Tanager, 4 Western Tanager, 2 Green-tailed Towhee, 2 Abert's Towhee, 1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, 11 Northern Cardinal, 19 Black-headed Grosbeak (the Eucalyptus Forest is a great place to see these, along with both Tanager species); 3 Great-tailed Grackle, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 6 Hooded Oriole, 19 House Finch, 25+ Lesser Goldfinch and 1 House Sparrow. Volunteers on this county included Dan Walters, Scott and Becky Allen, Cathy Madsen, and Ray. Editor's Note: Section coordinator for this region of the Pinal NAMC was Marceline Vandewater - if you want to volunteer and help with the 2010 NAMC please email marceline@ermaroni.net or else Doug Jenness at d_jenness@hotmail.com


From: Herb Fibel (with additional sightings by Cynthia Donald, Pete Moulton, Diane Krpan and Paul Wolterbeek)
Date: Saturday May 2

Editor's Correction: This report originally stated that a male Hooded Warbler was observed -- Herb clarified this report May 3, reporting the bird he found in the Demonstration Garden Saturday morning was a Hermit Warbler. Also seen were Wilson's Warbler, and both male and female Summer Tanagers -- in fact at one point a male summer tanager and a male vermilion flycatcher were in the same tree sizing each other up! Look for the pair of Vermilion Flycatchers near the Picnic area and in the Demonstration Garden, and spend some quiet time at the new "Aboriginal Seep" garden behind the Swagman's Camp in the Eucalyptus forest for a chance to see Lazuli Buntings and Green-tailed Towhee. Brown-crested Flycatchers are vocal throughout the park, along with Yellow-breasted Chats (check the Hummingbird Garden for these). Other birds seen and heard Saturday include Pied-billed Grebe (Ayer Lake), Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, and the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird; Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak (Eucalyptus Forest), Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton also reported a Black-crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Common Yellowthroat and Violet-green Swallows observed around Ayer Lake.


From: Kathe Anderson and Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday April 26

Guided bird walk participants this morning enjoyed great views of a Broad-billed Hummingbird feeding her two fledglings right near the entrance to the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden -- and the chance to learn Yellow-Breasted Chat calls from two elusive males setting up territories and calling repeatedly and loudly around this garden. Great looks at Summer Tanager pairs above the Pine Loop trail at the southeast end of the eucalyptus forest, with a Western Tanager in the canopy overhead. Diane reported Lazuli Bunting, both male and female, over by the new seep area in back of the "Swagman's Camp", and our group saw a probable Golden Eagle streaked high overhead, too far for a positive I.D. Also seen and heard today were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Eurasian Collard-Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren (one appears to be building a nest in the trunk of a shaggy eucalyptus tree in the eucalyptus forest); House Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow. PS, join me on Saturday, May 23, for a 6:30 a.m. guided bird walk -- the Arboretum changes to Summer hours in May and will be open from 6:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m. daily through the end of August.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Monday April 20

This morning most of the Empidonax flycatchers appeared to have left, but a surge of other transients was evident. I saw a male Western Tanager, 4 Townsend’s Warblers, more Orange-crowned, Black-throated Gray and Wilson’s Warblers, grosbeaks and buntings, as well as many other species reported yesterday.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday April 19

I birded at the Arboretum Sunday afternoon after teaching at Tucson Audubon’s Institute of Desert Ecology. Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, Lucy’s and Yellow Warblers, and many others filled the air with songs and calls. Empidonax flycatchers were evident along the Queen Creek corridor: 8 Dusky, 3 Hammond’s, 2 “Western”, and 1 Gray. Other transients included vireos (4 Plumbeous, 4 Cassin’s, and 1 Warbling), warblers: (5 Orange-crowned, 1 Nashville, 2 Virginia’s, 2 Black-throated Gray, 1 Hermit, 1 MacGillivray’s, 1 Common Yellowthroat along Queen Creek and 1M at Ayer Lake, 2 Wilson’s, 1M “Myrtle” and over 40 Yellow-rumped); 2 male Summer Tanagers; at least 6M Lazuli Buntings, 2M and 1F Black-headed Grosbeaks, 7 Green-tailed Towhees. A Yellow-breasted Chat (first noted by BTA Groundskeeper Becky Noth on April 15) sang briefly from the Hummingbird Garden. Later I watched the Brown Thrasher probe at fallen olives, a late Hermit Thrush dart about, and the tan-striped White-throated Sparrow forage in the olive grove. I was surprised to see an early Swainson’s Thrush near the herb garden. A White-throated Swift swooped over Ayer Lake and a Marsh Wren called while 2 Lark Sparrows drank at Ayer Lake’s shoreline and blackbirds assembled to roost in the marsh; 50-55 Red-winged, over 125 Brewer’s, 1M and 3F Great-tailed Grackles, 48 Brown-headed Cowbirds, and 3 European Starlings eventually settled in. Poor-wills called from the slopes at dusk. I also observed: a pair of Pied-billed Grebes, dozens of Turkey Vultures returning to roost in the eucalyptus grove, Gambel's Quail, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, a pair of Cooper's Hawks, 1 Zone-tailed Hawk, an adult Red-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove (NB), Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Hummingbirds: (Broad-billed (ON), Black-chinned (ON), Anna's (FY), Costa's (FY), 1 male Broad-tailed Hummingbird); Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe (N2Y), 1 Say’s Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, 12 Violet-green Swallows, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Verdin (FY, NY), Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren (FY, NY), Canyon Wren (NY), and 1 Marsh Wren, 3 rather late Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla (FY), Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee (FY), Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow (FY), White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, 2 Pine Siskins, and House Sparrow. N.B. Abbreviations are codes used in the Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas project: ON = occupied nest; NY = nest with young; FY = feeding young.


From: Pete Moulton, Cynthia Donald and Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday April 18

The season's first Black-headed Grosbeak was a highlight of our walk today, along with great looks at a Zone-tailed Hawk circling with the Turkey Vultures and a Common Yellowthroat at Ayer Lake. We also found a male "Myrtle race" of the Yellow-rumped Warbler near the entrance to the
Demonstration Garden -- the same location one was reported back on March 21. Summer Tanager and Wilson's Warber were separately confirmed by Randy and Susan Forrest, who also observed the resident pair of Cooper's Hawks together in the "Pine Loop" area of the Eucalyptus grove. Other birds on today's checklist from our walk were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird (a female on her nest in the Hummingbird Garden); Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird (female on her nest in the conifer near trail marker #43); also Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Marceline coordinates the North American Migration Count here at BTA and also Oak
Flats, Whitlow Dam and along Queen Creek on May 9 - -she needs experienced birders to help! To sign up and help count birds email marceline@ermaroni.net


From: Nancy Woods and Sun City West Birders
Date: Tuesday April 14

Ash-throated, Brown-crested and Vermilion Flycatchers were all found today, along with a Cinnamon Teal and the season's first Common Yellowthroat. Also seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, and the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird; also.Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: Sunday April 12 (Easter)

Thirteen participants on the bird walk today - a bit of a surprise for Easter Sunday. Weather was as close to perfect as we get, with mild temperatures,
clear skies, and occasional breezes with low humidity. Birds were abundant and many were easy to see - a real treat for everybody. I just wish I'd had my camera gear handy for many of the opportunities we had. Birds seen (in the order encountered): Cactus Wren, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal (abundant and always a crowd pleaser), Bell's Vireo (vocalizing everywhere), Lesser Goldfinch (including a nest along the trail just outside the Visitor Center), Inca Dove, House Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Verdin, Yellow Warbler, Costa's Hummingbird (more than I've seen before at Boyce), House Finch, Cooper's Hawk (male and female in aerial courtship maneuvers), Anna's Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Hooded Oriole, Vermilion Flycatcher, Yellow- rumped Warbler (good numbers in variable plumage), Broad-tailed
Hummingbird, empidonax flycatcher (two of them, likely Hammond's or Dusky), White-crowned Sparrow, Black-crowned Night-Heron (a surprise at Ayer Lake), Great-tailed GRackle, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Yellowthroat, Black Phoebe (nesting at the gazebo), Rock Wren, Common Raven, Canyon Wren, Song Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Bewick's Wren, Abert's Towhee, and Brown-headed Cowbird (unfortunately).


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Friday April 10

Birds seen in the order we found them today were Pied-billed Grebe, Anna's, Costa's, and probably Black-Chinned and Broad-Billed Hummers; Verdin, a probable Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Canyon Wren, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, Great-tailed Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, Gambel's Quail, Mourning and Inca doves; Abert's towhee, Phainopepla, Common Raven, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. Also heard: Bell's vireo, Northern Flicker, Gila Woodpecker and Song Sparrow. PS, join me on Saturday, May 23, for a 6:30 a.m. guided bird walk -- the Arboretum changes to the Summer schedule in May and will be open from 6:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m. daily through the end of August.


From: Cindy West and Cindy Marple
Date: Saturday April 4

We had a great group of people for today's guided walk, and notable birds found include the season's first Yellow Warbler and also Cassin's Vireo, which was in Queen Creek Canyon, Green-tailed Towhee in the Demonstration Garden, an empidonax flycatcher (silent, so the species remains a mystery); and one Anna's Hummingbird mom tending two hungry chicks in her nest. Others seen and heard Saturday were: Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow.


From: Jerry and Shary Hammon -- and Jane Wicklund
Date: Tuesday March 31

Winter birds such as Hermit Thrush and White-crowned and Lincoln's Sparrows remain here, but Hooded Oriole and migrant vireos are back! Yesterday we found a Cassin's Vireo at the back end of the Demonstration Garden, and on today's guided walk we had Bell's, Plumbeous and Hutton's Vireo. Also seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday and Sunday - March 28 and 29

I was pleased to see the Brown Thrasher both days this weekend, easily found right near yellow trail marker #43 as you're walking past the olive grove and towards the flowering aloes enroute to the Herb Garden. Saturday he was on the north (or left, if you're walking up into the canyon) side of the trail, but Sunday flew across and foraged on the south side. Two days in a row! Also saw the season's first Rufous Hummingbird (in the Hummingbird Garden along with Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Costa's, and Anna's Hummingbird -- and the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird). Here is combined weekend bird list for both days: Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated swift, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermillion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman and Richard Ditch
Date: Saturday, March 21

The previously reported Brown Thrasher was still here, but found later in the morning following our guided bird walk. The male Townsend’s Warbler was found in the palm tree near the Herb Garden, and another unusual find was a Common Ground Dove pair at the west edge of the Demonstration Garden. A few "first of 2009" Spring migrants included Hooded Oriole and Ash-throated Flycatcher, and a lone "Myrtle" race individual of the Yellow-rumped Warbler was found near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden. Other birds seen and heard today were 2 Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, 30 Turkey Vulture, 2 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Harris Hawk, 2 White-winged Dove, 2 Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, Eurasian Collared
Dove,5 White-throated Swift, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 12 Anna's Hummingbird, 15 Costa’s Hummingbirds, the Arboretum's Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, 2 Vermilion Flycatcher, 8 Bell’s Vireo, 2 Violet-green Swallow, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 15 Verdin, Rock Wren, 3 Canyon Wren, 3 Bewick’s Wren, Cactus Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, 12 Lucy’s Warbler, 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), 3 Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, 3 Lincoln's Sparrow, 10 White-crowned Sparrow, 12 Northern Cardinal, 10 Red-winged Blackbird,10 House Finch, 25 Pine Siskin, 50 Lesser Goldfinch and 10 House Sparrow. Troy reported finding interesting species farther up Queen Creek canyon including Common Black-hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, and Common Raven -- along with two Sonoran Mud Turtles. Canyon Treefrogs, were observed, too, possibly in amplexus.


From: Jerry & Shary Hammon (additional sightings at the end – Jane Wicklund)
Date: Tuesday, March 17

Black-chinned and also Costa’s Hummingbirds were notable, we found the Townsend’s Warbler and also saw Cooper’s Hawk, Golden Eagle and Northern Rough-winged Swallow. Also seen and heard today were Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lucy’s Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Arboretum volunteer Jane Wicklund found both hens (Merriam’s Turkey) and reported these additional species Tuesday: Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel’s Quail, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, the Arboretum's Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla and Song Sparrow.


From: Judy & Janet Johnson
Date: Monday, March 16

Townsend’s Warbler was seen again today, and winter migrants still here include Marsh Wren at Ayer Lake and also Hermit Thrush, Red-naped Sapsucker, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Recent spring migrants who have returned are Lucy’s Warbler and Bell’s Vireo. Aso notable were European Starling and three dove species (White-winged, Mourning and Inca). We counted between 18-24 Turkey Vultures, and also found Pied-billed Grebe, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, the Arboretum's Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Eric and Elaine Hough
Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15

Spring migration is picking up, we found 2009's first reported Wilson's and Lucy's Warblers which have returned to the Arboretum, along with Bell's Vireo, Black-chinned and Rufous Hummingbirds and Green-tailed Towhee. Pyrrhuloxia, Townsend's Warbler and both races of Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle and Audubon's) were also notable, along with Golden Eagle, American Robin and BTA's singular Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird and both of the previously reported hen turkeys. Other birds on our checklist include 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 35 Turkey Vultures (back in time for BTA's March 21 "Welcome Back Buzzards" day event); 2 Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin (more than 30 of them); Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund -- Tuesday Guided Bird Walk
Date: Tuesday, March 10

The previously-reported male Townsend's Warbler was in the Herb Garden again this morning, seen foraging in the large hackberry tree up agains the cliffs -- to the left of the big pecan tree and the yellow Lady Banks Rose which is covered with blossoms this week. Two in our group also found the Brown Thrasher, which they observed across the trail and west of the Herb Garden in the same area where I saw this bird back in January. We found two individual male Vermilion Flycatchers: one near the Picnic Area (paired with a female) and another male seen simultaneously closer to the Desert Legume Garden near Silver King Wash. Other birds that we saw and heard include were Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Also -- we didn't see the turkeys, but two birders who crossed our paths reported both hen turkeys were in Queen Creek Canyon this morning, too! Editor's note: a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was observed near the suspension bridge a few hours after the guided walk.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, March 8

Hummingbirds are nesting - we observed Anna's and also Costa's female hummingbirds tending nests Sunday. We saw a female Broad-billed Hummingbird near the Herb Garden and the Arboretum's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, too, which appears to zip from a perch near the Smith Building into the Hummingbird Garden for furtive feeder sorties. Wintering Hermit Thrush and Dark-eyed Junco (in the picnic area) were still here Sunday and White-throated Swifts were notable. Plumbeous Vireo was in the Picnic area and Hutton's Vireo past the Herb Garden. Five wren species today included Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's and Marsh -- look for the Rock Wren pair building a nest in a cavity just below Pick Post House wall. Also seen and heard were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher ((in picnic area and behind Australian Building-are they nesting); Common Raven, Verdin (lots of nest-building going on with them), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Saturday, March 7

A White-throated Sparrow was still at BTA this weekend, observed in the Queen Creek riparian area approximately below the easternmost wooden interpretive ramada. White-throated Swifts were soaring overhead (also both Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged Swallows) and one of the Pied-billed Grebes is tending a nest platform in the cattails which surround Ayer Lake. Six different wren species were found, too: Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's, House and Marsh. Other birds Saturday and Sunday were Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, March 7

Oddly quiet this morning, but we had a great look at a male Costa's Hummingbird perched above the flowering aloes on the path right hehind the visitor center -- also lovely views of a female Anna's Hummingbird on her nest near Silver King Wash, and a lone Turkey Vulture circling over the eucalyptus forest. . At the back of the Demonstration Garden, where you have the view over Queen Creek, we saw Lincoln's Sparrow and a pair of Vermilion Flycatchers. Also seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren (nesting); Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow. If you visit this week and want to see butterflies, the best nectar plant (by far!) is the Buddleia, or "Butterfly Bush" blooming right at the entrance to the Children’s Garden just east of the Smith Buidling. Butterflies found today around BTA included 21 Pipevine Swallowtail, 2 Sara Orangetip, Gray Hairstreak, Great Purple Hairstreak, 2 Spring Azure, Fatal Metalmark, 3 American Snout, 2 Tiny Checkerspot, 3 Mourning Cloak, 6 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Empress Leilia, Common Checkered Skipper and Golden-headed Scallopwing.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Wednesday, March 4

Vermilion Flycatchers and Townsend's Warbler were our highlights today -- along with three hummingbird species (Anna's, Costa's and Broad-billed) and four wren species (Cactus Rock, Canyon and Marsh). Marsh Wrens were heard in the cattails at Ayer Lake along with American Coot and Red-winged Blackbird. Other birds today were Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson and Mory Houchins
Date: Tuesday, March 3

Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, and a Golden Eagle soaring high off the cliffs east of the Arboretum were notable Tuesday, along with Red-naped Sapsucker, Plumbeous Vireo, Vermilion Flycatcher and the unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird. Other birds today included Cooper's Hawk, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Jerry Hammon
Date: Tuesday, March 3

Vermilion Flycatchers were found near the Picnic Area this morning and Pine Siskins are calling from high in the eucalyptus trees near the Picnic Area and Smith Building. We also got Red-naped Sapsucker, Cooper's Hawk and Plumbeous Vireo on our Tuesday guided bird walk. Also seen and heard today were Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy West
Date: Saturday, February 28

Got a late start this morning birding with friends, but our timing was right to find a male Townsend's Warbler just west of the Herb Garden around noon; possibly the same one reported January 10 and again just this past week by Herb Fibel. Saturday the bird was foraging in the big eucalyptus tree on the right side of the trail, between the mail trail and Queen Creek, just past the olive trees. Other birds today included Red-winged Blackbird, American Coot, Marsh Wren and Pied-billed Grebe at Ayer Lake; Red-tailed Hawk, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Pine Siskin (lots) and Lesser Goldfinch. After lunch we drove up to Oak Flat; not the ideal time of day, but we did see a small group of Western Bluebirds and also a Juniper Titmouse.


From: Pete and Cynthia Donald
Date: Sunday, February 22

Today marked the first Violet-green Swallow of 2009 for BTA, and we also found a Green-tailed Towhee and Pine Siskins; a good variety of butterflies, too (skip to the end of this report if you want to read our butterfly sightings). Birds today included Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Plumbeous Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler (all Audubon's); Northern Cardinal, , Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Didn't see any dragonfliess yet, but a good number of butterflies including Pipevine Swallowtail, Dainty Sulphur, Mourning Cloak, Painted Lady, Texan Crescent, and the like -- though no Queens, which
surprised me.


From: Pierre Deviche and Cathy Wise
Date: Saturday, February 21

Our most dramatic sighting Saturday was a pair of Golden Eagles soaring and offering great views for several minutes. We found the two turkeys along Queen Creek, and several Plumbeous Vireos; also several Ladder-backed Woodpeckers and quite a few butterflies (including Tropical Buckeye, which may be common but was a lifer for me); but not a single odonate. We found a total of 37 species, here's our checklist for the day: American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say’s Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo (2-3 of them, silent); Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, 2 Bewick’s Wren, Cactus Wren (singing); Rock Wren, Canyon Wren (1 singing), 3 or more Ruby-crowned Kinglet; 2 Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, 5 Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Several Northern Cardinal, 2 Spotted Towhee, 2 Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, between 5-10 White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow (one, and silent); 2 Lincoln’s Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch (Several singing); and many Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund (with additional sightings by Eldon Archer, Jim Rittenhouse and Ken Linker)
Date: Tuesday, February 17

Rain Tuesday failed to deter a group who drove up to attend the Arboretum's new Tuesday morning 8:30 AM bird walk; participants were rewarded with views of both Hutton's and Plumbeous Vireo. The big news is that Turkey Vultures are back, or at least one of them has returned and was seen at BTA both Monday and Tuesday this week. Other interesting finds include White-winged Dove, Pine Siskin, and Dark-eyed Junco. Eldon, Jim and Ken reported finding a Downy Woodpecker and also a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Both Merriam's Turkeys were found and the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird was seen along with Anna's, Broad-billed and Costa's Hummingbirds. Ayer Lake had the resident Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Marsh Wren and Red-winged Blackbirds. Others found Tuesday include Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bushtit, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Friday, February 13

Despite the ominous "Friday the 13th" date I had good luck at BTA this morning - seeing both Hutton's Vireo and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Both Merriam's Turkeys were found as well as BTA's one-of-a-kind Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird. Seen and heard around Ayer Lake were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Marsh Wren and Red-winged Blackbirds; other birds throughout the gardens included Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman
Date: Sunday, February 8

Rufous-crowned Sparrow was a notable find this morning, and the White-throated Sparrow reported Saturday was found Sunday as well. Despite occasional rain showers we also found a good variety of birds including the two Merriam's Turkey hens and also the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird. Also seen or heard today were 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Coot, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Common Raven, 7 Verdin, 2 Rock Wren, 3 Canyon Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Hermit Thrush, 3 Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 1 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, 7 Abert's Towhee, 5 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 3 Lincoln's Sparrow, 8 White-crowned Sparrow, 5 Northern Cardinal, 15 Red-winged Blackbird, 12 House Finch, 4 Pine Siskin (flying over the picnic area, and calling in flight); 6 Lesser Goldfinch and 6 House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Friday-through-Sunday, February 6, 7, 8

In addition to most expected species, I saw the spring's first Rough-winged Swallow near the Picket Post House and a male Vermilion Flycatcher calling from the hilltop east of Ayer Lake. I noted a Sora at Ayer Lake, a Golden Eagle soaring over Picket Post Mountain at sunset , a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Green-tailed Towhee along Queen Creek near the picnic area, one White-throated Sparrow in the Olive Grove, as well as a solitary "Oregon" Junco and one Orange-crowned Warbler near the Smith Building. I enjoyed studying intricate details of the turkeys' feathers at close range while admiring their exquisite iridescence. Plumbeous and Hutton's Vireos continue in the Smith-picnic-demo areas. Sapsuckers, "Red-shafted" Flickers, Hermit Thrushes, mockingbirds, and Phainopeplas were scarce.


From: Richard Ditch and Cindy West
Date: Saturday, February 7

Birds seen on our Saturday walk -- in the order seen along the trails -- include Verdin, Cactus Wren, House Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Plumbeous Vireo, Gambel’s Quail, Phainopepla, Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Northern Mockingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Dark-eyed Junco, Canyon Wren, Cassin’s Vireo, Gila Woodpecker, White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-winged Blackbird, Marsh Wren, Black-throated Sparrow, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Rock Wren, Black Phoebe, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert’s Towhee, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher,
House Wren, Common Raven, Spotted Towhee. In addition a Northern Flicker and a White-throated Sparrow were seen by a few partcipants.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Wednesday, February 4

The Arboretum's Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird. was there in the Hummingbird Garden to greet me first thing Wednesay morning, but it wasn't until around 10:30 that I found the pair of Merriam's Turkey hens just west of the Herb Garden. Two Red-tailed Hawks were circling and calling high over Queen Creek and male Phainopeplas are doing their seasonal "Pretty Bird" courtship call. Ayer Lake had three Pied-billed Grebe, an American Coot, Marsh Wren and at least two dozen Red-winged Blackbirds. Also seen and heard today were Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jerry & Shary Hammon
Date: Tuesday, February 3

This morning was the first of our new series of weekly guided Tuesday bird walks and we had a nice, small group of six people -- and the opportunity to see both Merriam's Turkey hens in Queen Creek Canyon. Pine Siskin was another notable find today, and we also had a good look at the Arboretum's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird. Other birds found today, in order you'll find see them on the BTA bird checklist, were Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Plumbeous Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cathy Wise & National Audubon Society Directors' field trip
Date: Sunday, February 1

Members of the National Audubon Society visited BTA with me Sunday for a quick lunchtime birding trip while they were in the valley for a meeting -- we saw a myrtle race of the Yellow-rumped Warbler right in the picnic area (Audubon's race later as well) close to our table. Others seen and heard in the gardens ncluded Red-naped sapsucker, Canyon wren, Bewick's wren, Harris's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, House Sparrow, American Coot, Black-throated Sparrow, Phainopepla, Lesser Goldfinch, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Verdin, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-winged Blackbird, Ruby-crowned kinglet, Black Phoebe, and Red-shafted Flicker. I'm guiding the weekend walk at BTA Feb. 21 along with Pierre Deviche -- maybe I'll see you then?


From: John Ray (with a few additional sightings -- see Editor's Note at the end)
Date: Saturday, January 31
, 2009
A Green-tailed Towhee kicking around leaf litter in the center of the Picnic Area was a highlight this morning, and other notable birds included a Summer Tanager which flew over, Harris Hawk, and Plumbeous Vireo. Our group didn't see the Turkey hens, but bird walk participant Alison from Liberty Wildlife reported seeing them near the Herb Garden prior to the 8:30 a.m. start of our walk (she also added Costa's Hummingbird to our list). Others seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: resident volunteers Gerry and Shary Hammon reported that around noon two Golden Eagles circled over the main parking lot and Highway 60 being dive-bombed and hazed by a Cooper's Hawk and a Common Raven.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, January 29

A "Myrtle" race of the Yellow-rumped Warbler was the most intersting bird found Thursday, along with both of the Turkeys, Marsh Wren at Ayer Lake, Black-throated Sparrow, Hutton's Vireo, Red-tailed Hawk and the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird . My checklist from Thursday also included Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday, January 25
, 2009
Arboretum groundskeeper Becky reported both Merriam's Turkey hens were near the Herb Garden around 9:00 a.m.; otherwise Sunday was unremarkable except for finding five wren species (Marsh Wren at Ayer Lake while Rock, Canyon, Cactus and Bewick's were throughout the gardens) and the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird was huddling on a chilly day in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbird were here, too. One other notable sighting was a Red-tailed Hawk perched on the power pole as you uproach the best viewpoint of Picketpost Mansion -- with a small flock of Brewer's Blackbirds lined up on the wire not far away. Others seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Friday, January 23
, 2009
Brown Thrasher was a highlight this morning, along with five different wrens (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's and Marsh); the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird and also Broad-billed and Anna's (all found in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden). Others on my Friday checklist include Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Tuesday, January 13

So far in 2009 I have enjoyed birding at BTA twice, but the numbers of birds and species seem to be down from past years. Still, was pleasantly surprised to see the two turkeys at 9:00 am Tuesday near the herb garden. Also on my checklist for this week were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird (all of them found in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden); Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Canyon, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Scott Burge and Bob Witzeman (Maricopa Audubon Society)
Date: Saturday, January 10

A handsome male Townsend's Warbler foraging around the Herb Garden was our surprising bird-of-the-day on an otherwise quiet Saturday morning. Two additional warblers today were Orange-crownd and Yellow-rumped (Audubon's), we found the season's first returning migrant Costa's Hummingbird for the Arboreum, we saw the pair of Merriam's Turkey hens, and also a soaring Harris Hawk. Others on our checklist include Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, the Arboretum's resident Anna's and Broad-billed Hummingbirds and also the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, and Marsh Wren; Northern Mockingbird, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Friday, January 9
, 2009
Inca Dove, Hutton's Vireo, and four Wren species (Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh) were notable; also found Friday were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, the Arboretum's unique resident Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird (in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden); Gila Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Craig Fischer
Date: Monday, December 29
, 2008
This year we added three new species to the Christmas Bird Count list from Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Wild Turkey (walking on the main trail heading upriver), Swainson's Thrush (in a fruiting Pistache tree where the Australian section and the Canyon section begin) and Chestnut-sided Warbler (at the entrance to the Demonstration Gardens, later in the picnic area along the fence to the Demo Garden). Area 2 of Sunday's Superior CBC had 10 willing participants covering three different areas of the section; it was by far the most complete coverage of the section we've ever. Thanks to Curtis Burns, Linda and Dean Mason, and David Chapman who joined me in the park area. The birds and numbers below are only from Boyce Thompson Arboretum and do not include those birds found off the park trails, outside the park or on private property; they do include birds found in the park's residential area which is not accessible to the public. Birds tallied include 2 Merriam's Turkey, 27 Gambel's Quail, 3 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Golden Eagle, 1 American Coot, 1 White-winged Dove, 18 Mourning Dove, 5 Inca Dove, 40 White-throated Swift, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 19 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, 33 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 3 Northern Flicker, 5 Black Phoebe, 7 Say's Phoebe, 5 Plumbeous Vireo, 2 Hutton's Vireo, 9 Common Raven, 86 Verdin, 4 Cactus Wren, 3 Rock Wren, 10 Canyon Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 4 House Wren, 5 Marsh Wren, 26 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 8 Hermit Thrush, 12 Northern Mockingbird, 10 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 38 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 6 Spotted Towhee, 7 Abert's Towhee, 1 Lark Sparrow, 5 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 65 White-crowned Sparrow, 4 Dark-eyed Junco, 24 Northern Cardinal, 23 Red-winged Blackbird, 2 Brewer's Blackbird, 45 House Finch, 107 Lesser Goldfinch and 8 House Sparrow.

From: Craig Fischer
Date: Monday, December 29, 2008

This year we added three new species to the Christmas Bird Count list from Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Wild Turkey (walking on the main trail heading upriver), Swainson's Thrush (in a fruiting Pistache tree where the Australian section and the Canyon section begin) and Chestnut-sided Warbler (at the entrance to the Demonstration Gardens, later in the picnic area along the fence to the Demo Garden). Area 2 of Sunday's Superior CBC had 10 willing participants covering three different areas of the section; it was by far the most complete coverage of the section we've ever. Thanks to Curtis Burns, Linda and Dean Mason, and David Chapman who joined me in the park area. The birds and numbers below are only from Boyce Thompson Arboretum and do not include those birds found off the park trails, outside the park or on private property; they do include birds found in the park's residential area which is not accessible to the public. Birds tallied include 2 Merriam's Turkey, 27 Gambel's Quail, 3 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Golden Eagle, 1 American Coot, 1 White-winged Dove, 18 Mourning Dove, 5 Inca Dove, 40 White-throated Swift, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 19 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, 33 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 3 Northern Flicker, 5 Black Phoebe, 7 Say's Phoebe, 5 Plumbeous Vireo, 2 Hutton's Vireo, 9 Common Raven, 86 Verdin, 4 Cactus Wren, 3 Rock Wren, 10 Canyon Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 4 House Wren, 5 Marsh Wren, 26 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 8 Hermit Thrush, 12 Northern Mockingbird, 10 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 38 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 6 Spotted Towhee, 7 Abert's Towhee, 1 Lark Sparrow, 5 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 65 White-crowned Sparrow, 4 Dark-eyed Junco, 24 Northern Cardinal, 23 Red-winged Blackbird, 2 Brewer's Blackbird, 45 House Finch, 107 Lesser Goldfinch and 8 House Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday, December 21
, , 2008
The Brown Thrasher was observed again this morning in Queen Creek Canyon and both Turkey hens were perched together in a pine tree between the Herb Garden and the Suspension Bridge around 10:00 a.m., which were both highlights for me Sunday morning. Three Towhees (Canyon, Spotted, Abert's) and five Wren species (Marsh, House, Rock, Canyon and Cactus) were also found. Ayer Lake had three Pied-billed Grebe, two American Coot, Marsh Wren and Black Phoebe. Others on my checklist for today are the Arboretum's resident Anna's and Broad-billed Hummingbirds and also the one-of-a-kind Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Also Cooper's Hawk (perched in a eucalyptus tree in the Demo Garden); Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Plumbeous vireo, Verdin, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange Crowned Warbler, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler ("Audubon's"); Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Gary Nunn (Phoenix, AZ)
Date: Sunday, December 7
, , 2008
A Brown Thrasher was found this past Sunday morning under the Japanese spindle-berry near the Herb Garden. Editor's note: each of the past two Saturdays park staff and volunteers have observed a group of three Harris Hawks circling high over the Arboretum, flying over the saguaro cacti across highway 60 and north of the park; and our charismatic pair of Merriams' Turkey hens continue to be seen just about daily. These birds first were reported November 4, and are most often observed late in the afternoon -- during the final hours of the day after 3:00 p.m. -- foraging beneath the olive or palm trees, or along the Queen Creek riparian area anywhere from the suspension bridge to the eucalyptus forest. Check out Tammy Knight's gallery of turkey photos!


From: Richard Ditch
Date: Sunday, November 23

Eighteen participants joined the season finale bird walk for 2008 and birds, in the order found today, included Red-winged Blackbird (by entrance house), House Finch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Verdin, Gila Woodpecker, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cactus Wren (hillside above visitor center), Phainopepla, Northern Cardinal, Broad-billed Hummingbird (male and female, hummingbird garden), Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Mockingbird, Canyon Wren (demo garden creek bed), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern (red- shafted) Flicker, Pied-billed Grebe (3), Black Phoebe, Marsh Wren,
Lark Sparrow (south side of trail east of lake), Hermit Thrush, Lesser Goldfinch, Plumbeous Vireo. The charismatic birds were seen in this same area late Friday afternoon by Arboretum staff. Check out Tammy Knight's gallery of turkey photos from Saturday!


From: Cathy Wise and Kathe Anderson
Date: Saturday, November 15

Gusting, blustery wind made birding difficult Saturday morning, but we still managed to find Cedar Waxwing, Pine Siskin, Plumbeous Vireo and a Northern Harrier -- which is particularly notable and unusual for BTA. Two individual Sora were seen at Ayer Lake, and two green heron as well -- along with Pied-billed Grebe, Marsh Wren and American Coot. The Arboretum's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, was in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden along with the resident Anna's and Broad-billed Hummingbirds. Other species today included Cooper's Hawk, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler ("Audubon's"); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: this morning Jack Bartley found the two previsously-reported Turkeys in the Queen Creek Canyon riparian area -- below Picketpost Mansion. The charismatic birds were seen in this same area late Friday afternoon by Arboretum staff. Check out Tammy Knight's gallery of turkey photos from Saturday!


From: Charles J. Babbitt (Maricopa Audubon Society)
Date: Tue, 11 Nov

( Editor's Note: this report was originally published at http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/AZNM.html ) "Sig Stangeland and I had a great morning birding at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The highlights were a Varied Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a Winter Wren. The Varied Thrush was in the large tree about 15 yards up the trail from the last entrance to the herb garden. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak ((black and white striped head, with streaked breast showing a fair amount of red color) was in the picnic area. The Winter Wren was found in a large tangled mass of storm washed debris up in the natural riparian area. It gave its characteristic call note from time to time but remained rather shy and elusive. There are a lot of fruiting trees right now and I would expect more good birds while the crop lasts. Besides the above, we also had a singing Plumbeous Vireo, a Townsend’s Solitaire, and several American Robins. At Oak Flat Campground we had lots of Pine Siskins, a flock of (6) Cedar Waxwings, several mixed flocks of Juncos and several Crissal Thrashers."


From: Troy Corman and Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, November 9

Our Sunday birdwalk group owes a big "thanks" to Steve Ganley for pointing out a young male Chestnut-sided Warbler in the picnic area this morning shortly after we set out -- the bird was foraging around the pistachio and tamarisk trees at the east end of the picnic area, in the same area as Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Verdins. A Brown Creeper was seen not far away, and we also had the season's first Dark-eyed Junco (an Oregon's) and American Robin. 2 Sora were found at Ayer Lake along with 3 Marsh Wren, 1 Green Heron, 3 Pied-billed Grebe and an American Coot. One other notable highlight was a Merlin! It has been a few years since this species was reported at BTA. Other birds seen and heard around the gardens today include 1 Mourning Dive, 6 Inca Dove, 1 White-throated Swift, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, the Arboretum's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, 5 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, 3 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 1 Hutton's Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 10 Verdin, 3 Canyon Wren, 2 Rock Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 8 Ruby Crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, 3 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 3 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, 3 Abert's Towhee, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 25 White-crowned Sparrrow, 5 Northern Cardinal, 6 Red-winged Blackbird, 10 House Finch, 5 Lesser Goldfinch and 1 House Sparrow.


From: Tammy Knight & Rick Byrd (BTA Park Staff
Date: Tuesday, November 4

Two Turkeys, probably hens, were seen and photographed Tuesday evening. Arboretum resident park host volunteers Marlene and John spotted this pair Tuesday morning, then we saw them late in the afternoon while working in Queen Creek Canyon between the Herb Garden and the suspension bridge. Other staff saw the again Wednesday morning perched in salt cedar trees ...and a visitor reported seeing the turkeys in Queen Creek Canyon, near the "catwalk" in that scrubby area above the south bank of queen creek. Standing at the chain link fence at that narrow section of trail, looking south, thats where she reported seeing them.


From: Richard Ditch and Pierre Deviche
Date: Saturday, November 1

Sora at Ayer Lake, a Lark Sparrow pair between Ayer’s Lake and Picket Post house,and also an American Kestrel were some of the notable species seen Saturday morning on our bird walk. Two Plumbeous vireos and two Lincoln's Sparrows were seen near the Herb Garden; other birds, in the order they were seen Saturday, include Gambel’s Quail in the main parking lot, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Verdin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Cactus Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Broad-billed Hummingbird, House Finch, Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bewick’s Wren, Rock Wren, Phainopepla, American Coot, Marsh Wren, Pied-billed Grebe, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Abert’s Towhee and Inca Dove, Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Grant & Tyler Loomis -- and Vera Walters
Date: Sunday, October
26
Most notable bird today was an Acorn Woodpecker (unusual for BTA) and our group found the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird in the Hummingbird Garden, and Orange-crowned Warbler in the Demonstration Garden. Other birds we found around the gardens and trails included Pied-billed Grebe, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle and American Coot at Ayer Lake, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (numerous); Northern Cardinal and House Finch.


From: Troy Corman and Richard Ditch
Date: Saturday, October 18

Two Sora at Ayer Lake were notable this morning, along with 12 Violet Green Swallow a Chipping Sparrow and the season's first returning Black-chinned Sparrow (other sparrows today included 2 Lincoln's, 2 Black-throated, Song, and 15 White-crowneds. Also seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, 5 Inca Dove, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpecker, 4 Red-naped Sapsucker, 6 Northern Flicker, Black Phoebe, 3 Common Raven, 10 Verdin, 3 Cactus Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 3 Rock Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 4 Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 6 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, 6 Northern Cardinal, 10 House Finch and 5 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Marceline Vandewater (and check out the postscript report from DRAS "Big Sit" participants)
Date: Sunday, October 5

A Common Blackhawk soaring over Queen Creek canyon was exciting this morning for our Sunday bird walk participants, and we also saw a Lincoln's Sparrow above Ayer Lake, and a striking male Vermilion Flycatcher perched above the lake, too. Read the "Big Sit" report at the end of my post to see what other birders found -- its worth it! Our group saw the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird in the Hummingbird Garden shortly after 8:30 a.m., and we saw White-throated Swifts and Violet-green Swallows soaring overhead. Others seen and heard today include Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Great-horned Owl (vocal in the pre-dawn hours before the "official" start of our 8:30 walk); Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Bewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Desert Rivers' Audubon Society volunteers conducting a "Big Sit" fundraiser saw these additional species in the Demonstration Garden: Black-and-White Warbler, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Yellow-breasted Chat.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, October 4

A Black-and-White Warbler was in the large pistashio tree near trail marker #43, just east of the olive grove as you approach the Herb Garden; ripe fruit also attracted four Black-throated Gray Warblers, a Townsend's, and Wilson's Warbler (the Black-and-White Warbler was eating moths while probing aroudn the tree trunk). An empidonax flycatcher was in Queen Creek, and an accipiter was observed hunting the picnic ground -- and a Sora and Belted Kingfisher were seen at Ayer Lake. Also seen and heard were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Dave Pearson
Date: Saturday, October 4

We saw/heard 41 bird species, of which the most unusual were four VAUX'S SWIFT in among a large and fast-moving flock of White-throated Swifts and
Violet-green Swallows high overhead: also lingering late into the season were a single Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Bell's Vireo and Warbling Vireo. The Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird was back near the feeder again, and other notable reports include Cedar Waxwings (their calls were audible in the picnic area), both American and Lesser Goldfinch, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (in the "meadow" area at the center of the demonstration garden); and the season's first returning migrant Hermit Thrush and Lincoln's Sparrow. Also on our checklist for the morning were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Summer Tanager (a striking male in full color at the entrance to the demo garden); Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal and House Finch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Monday, September 29

A high-flying Great Egret passed overhead eastward before sunrise, soon followed by a flock of 32 Red-winged Blackbirds. A solitary first-of-fall American Coot had apparently arrived overnight at Ayer Lake, where 4 Barn Swallows paused to drink on the wing on a blustery morning.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday, September 28

Today's highlights included: 1 Zone-tailed Hawk, 2 Eurasian Collared-Doves, 3 Western Wood-Pewees, 1 Plumbeous and 1 Cassin's Vireo, 1 male Black-throated Gray Warbler, 2 MacGillivray's Warblers, 2 Lazuli Buntings, and 2 "dark-lored" White-crowned Sparrows. Two Brewer's Blackbirds and 21 Yellow-headed Blackbirds flew over before sunrise. Three apparent family groups of Common Ground-Doves and two Winter Wrens were found along Queen Creek west of the old Pinal town site that is east of the arboretum.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Saturday, September 27

I birded before and after participating in the "Bye-Bye Buzzards Day" program and bird walk today. In addition to most of the species reported by Grant and Tyler Loomis, I noted 3 White-winged Doves, the hybrid Violet-crowned x Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 N. "Red-shafted" Flickers, 1 Say's Phoebe, 6 Warbling Vireos, 3 Barn Swallows, 6 House Wrens, 1 infrequently singing Marsh Wren, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 5 Orange-crowned Warblers, 8 "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warblers, 3 Wilson's Warblers, 2 Green-tailed Towhees, 3 Canyon Towhees, 3 Rufous-crowned Sparrows, 6 Black-throated Sparrows, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 3 Brewer's Sparrow, 9 Lark Sparrows, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, and 1 Varied Bunting. The bunting foraged on grasses among mesquite and acacia thickets on the floodplain south of the Demo Garden. View a video about the "Buzzard Day" event


From: Tyler and Grant Loomis also Tom Gaskill and Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday, September 27

Ayer Lake was productive this morning; participants on our "Bye Bye Buzzards Day" bird walk saw a furtive Sora along the south shore near a Green Heron, Black Phoebe and late-season Common Yellowthroat. We also saw the Cooper's Hawk streak over the water chasing a dove, and a Belted Kingfisher dive into the water after a minnow. A Blue-winged Teal was on the water, too; and we had the season's first returning Red-naped Sapsucker. Across from the Herb Garden we found a perched Western Wood Peewee and Warbling Vireos, and just before the Suspension Bridge and on the same side of the trail was a handsome male Summer Tanager. A female Vermilion Flycatcher was across Queen Creek, near where the High trail is accessed from the Picnic Grounds. Also seen and heard today were Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Prairie Falcon (soaring over Queen Creek Canyon); Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren , Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher (Tom Gaskill heard this along Queen Creek Canyon); Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. View a video about the "Buzzard Day" event


From: Troy Corman, Marceline Vandewater and AZFO Board Members
Date: Sunday, September 14

An Indigo Bunting and a half-dozen Lazuli Buntings found along Queen Creek east of the suspension bridge were highlights at the Arboretum this morning prior to the fall, 2008 Arizona Field Ornithologists meeting Sunday afternoon. A late-season Lucy's Warbler and autumn's first migrant Green-tailed Towhee were also notable, along with two Great Horned Owls in the riparian habitat along Queen Creek. Other birds seen or heard include Cooper Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Gambel's Quail, Eurasian Collared Dove, 3 Mourning Dove, 5 Inca Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Anna's Hummingbird, 5 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, 3 Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, 5 Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, 25 Warbling Vireo (everywhere!), 3 Common Raven, 6 Verdin, 3 Rock Wren, Cactus Wren , 3 Canyon Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, 10 House Wren, Phainopepla, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, 3 Summer Tanager, 30 Western Tanager, 1 Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, 3 Black-headed Grosbeak (Demo Garden), 6 Northern Cardinal, 6 House Finch and 15 Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday, September 7

Transients were abundant and diverse this morning. Western Tanagers (80+), Warbling Vireos (45+), and Black-headed Grosbeaks (30+) concentrated at fruiting pistacios along the corridor and fed on desert hackberry fruit in desert areas. I watched small groups of migrants drink and/or bathe along Queen Creek: Orange-crowned (3), Nashville (2), Black-throated Gray (1), Wilson's (15+), Yellow (20+), MacGillivray's (5) Warblers; Willow (1), Pacific-slope (1), and Dusky-Hammond (1) Flycatchers; Lazuli Bunting (6); Lark Sparrow (2), Brewer's Sparrow (3); Green-tailed Towhee (2). A singing Gray Vireo moved up the north-facing slope south of the native riparian area into jojoba-oak association, continuing to sing as it foraged low in shrubs. A solitary Blue-gray Gnatcatcher moved along Silver King wash near the Chihuahuan trail. A Mourning Dove brooding 2 nestlings was notable. Overall I noted 59 species, including Zone-tailed and Cooper's Hawks, a few Phainopeplas and chats, a single Northern Mockingbird, and the usual resident species.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Tuesday, September 3

A Great Egret visited Ayer Lake on Monday. I saw a Solitary Sandpiper today at a pond near the Picket Post House, as well as a Great Blue Heron at Ayer. An adult Peregrine Falcon perched on a cliff above Queen Creek; later a Zone-tailed Hawk cruised overhead. Bell's Vireo fed a fledgling cowbird near the Herb Garden; a few cardinals, Abert's Towhees, and a female Hooded Oriole attended late broods. Transients included: Rufous Hummingbird, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Warbling Vireo (20+), House Wren, MacGillivray's and Wilson's Warblers, Western Tanager (30+), Black-headed Grosbeak (20+), Lazuli Bunting, Lark and Brewer's Sparrows, and Bullock's Oriole.


From: Cindy West and Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday, August 30

Lark Sparrows and Canyon Towhees in the rocks near the trail above Ayer Lake were notable Saturday, and we had great looks at the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird chasing others from the feeders in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden (Broad-billeds and Anna's were also present), Wilson's Warbler was also notable. Other birds today include Abert's Towhee, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Gila Woodpecker, and Empid flycatcher species (in the Eucalyptus Forest); Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-breasted Chat (heard only); Song Sparrow (Ayer Lake); Northern Cardinal, House Finches, and Lesser Goldfinch. Prior to visiting the Arboretum we birded the Oak Flats campground seven miles east and found Green-tailed towhee and a flock of Bushtits with a Virginia's Warbler, too. Other birds found here were Western Scrub Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Townsend's Warbler, Rock Wren, Yellow-breasted chat, Ladder backed Woodpecker, Warbling Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Black-tailed gnatcatcher (heard only), Phainopepla and Black-throated Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday, August 23

Saturday was a good morning for raptors, I saw the resident Cooper's Hawk and also two Zone-taileds. Other birds on my list include Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, the unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Phainopepla, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager (female, observed and also calling in the Demo Garden), Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. After birding BTA from 6-8 a.m. I drove up to check the Oak Flat campground area about seven miles east of the Arboretum (and 1,000 feet higher elevation) from 8-9 a.m. and found additional species including Western Wood Pe-wee, Western Kingbird, Plumbeous Vireo, Western Scrub-jay, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Crissal Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow and Black-headed Grosbeak.


From: Marceline VandeWater
Date: Tuesday, August 19

My Tuesday bird list is definitely incomplete -- my purpose this morning was butterflies, so my list of birds is just incidental! Read my butterfly list -- and here's what I also saw and heard while I was looking for butterflies: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird (Demonstration Garden), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western-type Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher (Picnic Area), Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren , Canyon Wren, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager (female, observed across from the Herb Garden), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak (Demo Garden), Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jim and Deva Burns (additional Saturday sightings by Cindy West and Diane Krpan)
Date: Sunday, August 10

Sunday's guided bird walk group had a great opportunity to see a Zone-tailed Hawk circling high over the Arboretum with a group of three Turkey Vultures and demonstrating the hawk's adaptation of "behavioral mimicry." BTA's own unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird was seen in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden shortly after our walk began at 6:30 a.m., and we also had two Bell's Vireos singing here, Inca Dove and Yellow-breasted Chat. One Purple Martin and a Spotted Sandpiper swooped down over Ayer Lake when we arrived, and we heard Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow and Verdin around the lake. Additional species this morning rom 6:30 - 10:00 a.m. around the gardens included Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher (five individuals in Queen Creek, across from the Herb Garden); Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Phainopepla, Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Deva and I also found one Blue Grosbeak, but prior to the guided walk. Editor's note: Cindy West emailed a checklist report from Saturday morning -- Cindy and Diane Krpan added these to the weekend list of BTA birds: Eurasian Collared-dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Rock Wren, a gnatcatcher (probably Blue-gray, the bird was vocal but unseen); Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow Warbler and Hooded Oriole.


From: Diane Krpan (with a few additional sightings by park staff)
Date: Sunday, August 3

An adult Zone-tailed Hawk flying directly over me along the High Trail was a highlight today, along with a vocal Cooper's Hawk calling from the Pine Loop area. Four doves were found today (Eurasian Collared, White-winged, Mourning and Inca) in addition to a leg-banded white Rock Dove that was perched inside the visitor center. That was different! A Tree Swallow was also an unusual bird today, and Common Yellowthroats were calling at Ayer lake, (the resident Black Phoebe was there, too, and a Vermilion Flycatcher). Brown-crested Flycatchers were vocal in numerous gardens, and particularly in Queen Creek near the suspension bridge. About 20 Turkey Vultures circled skywards around 7:30 a.m. Also seen and heard around the Arboretum from 6:00 - 9:00 a.m. were Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren (lots of them echoing in the canyon riparian area!); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat (listen for these in the Hummingbird Garden); Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Orioles, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Sunday was a good one for lizards, too: Desert Spiny, Greater Earless, Side-blotched Lizards, Tree and Western Whiptails were throughout the park. If you visit soon, make sure to look for the Cereus huntingtoniana, the cactus with vivid pink flowers in the cactus garden.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Monday, July 21
(sightings from July 12-17)
During my field study at the Arboretum and vicinity July 12-17, a Peregrine Falcon perched for over an hour on Magma Ridge overlooking the Cactus Garden early morning on July 14. Several staff members enjoyed viewing it though a spotting scope. A Spotted Sandpiper, still in breeding suits, foraged at Ayer Lake on July 15; two visited on July 17. Solitary Barn Swallows foraged over Ayer Lake on July 12 and 13 and two came on July 15. Two Tree Swallows cruised by on July 16. The first migrant Black-headed Grosbeak was present on July 12. Others were seen on July 16 and 17. Two stunning surprises were found in the desert west of the gardens. In late morning on July 15, a Cassin’s Sparrow suddenly broke into song for about 5 minutes. A singing male Varied Bunting and a female were found in arid riparian thickets on July 14; perhaps another Varied Bunting sang about a half mile further west on July 15. At least three singing Blue Grosbeaks were also found that morning. Showers on July 10-11 yielded 1.70 inches of rain..


From: Dave Pearson
Date: Sunday, July 13

Participants in our guided bird walk this morning enjoyed a few good looks at the the Arboretum's own unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird. We found him at the southwest corner of the eucalyptus grove's Pine Loop trail, near the intersection of Silver King Wash and Queen Creek, and perched in the same tree where we had seen a young Zone-tailed Hawk about five minutes before. An adult Zone-tailed Hawk was found a few hundreds yards farther east in Queen Creek Canyon: perched in a mesquite above the High Trail approximately across from the Herb Garden. Common Yellowthroats were vocal at Ayer Lake and a Pied-billed Grebe was notable -- the first report of one since April. Other Hummingbirds today included Broad-billed (great views of both male and female), Black-chinned and Anna's. Other species seen and heard around the Arboretum this morning included Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher (look for the pair nesting for a second time this summer in the Picnic Area); Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Chris & Melissa Rader
Date: Sunday, July 6

Despite the heat Sunday was a good morning for birds -- we had Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Summer Tanager, Zone-tailed Hawk and four different types of Hummingbirds (Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Anna's and Costa's). And a Brown-headed Cowbird chick being fed by Bell's Vireo surrogate parents. Others seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, a probable Cooper's Hawk, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, June 29

It pays to be here early now that the Arboretum has the summer "open at 6:00 am" schedule; I saw a female Purple Martin dip over Aye Lake for water, before cruising north across Highway 60. Common Yellowthroats were calling at the Lake, as well as Red-wing Blackbirds, Great-taile Grackles, Black Phoebe and Mourning Dove. Violet-green Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows were also swooping over the lake. Other birds seen and heard today were: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird (east of Ayer Lake); Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (heard just above the High Trail); Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. I also walked upstream along Queen Creek and found Great Horned Owl, Blue Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Ground-dove (by ear); and Brown Headed Cowbird.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday, June 21

Ayer lake was worth a visit early Saturday morning -- a Lesser Nighthawk was flying above the water area and also a Barn Swallow (until the latter was chased off by the Violet-green Swallows). A pair of Blue-winged Teal were on a rock, and later seen circling above the lake, too. Both Cooper's Hawk parents were near their nest at the east end of the pine loop -- didn't see any activity in the nest but they're sticking close! a Broad-billed Hummingbird was across Queen Creek from the Picnic Area, Summer Tanager was in the Eucalyptus Grove, Brown-crested Flycatcher was calling from behind the Smith Building, and the Turkey Vultures were late getting up, some remained on the ridge even at 8 am! Other birds seen and heard include Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven (on Magma Ridge); Verdin, Bewick's Wren (calling and quite close, in a tree by the Herb Garden); Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat (including one in the Demo Garden doing a very good imitation of a Western Scrub Jay); Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Orioles (including one male feeding one fledgling); House Finch and Lesser Goldfinches. Lizards? Good day for lizards! Collard Lizards were found in the Picnic Area and Cactus Garden, Desert Spiny and Greater Earless were on the trail in numerous locations, Side-blotched Lizards and Whiptails were also common and Tree Lizards were easily found in the Demo Garden. Scanned Magma Ridge, but no sign of the chuckwalla reported on June 2. The most exciting mammal today was a Bobcat seen near the aloe plants below Magma Ridge (it trotted down the trail toward the Herb Garden); and this one was more tawny/cinnamon than the usual bobcat color. Also saw a Coyote in Silver King Wash coming from Ayer Lake toward Smith Building, Ground squirrels, Rock Squirrels and Cottontail Rabbits.


From: Kathe Anderson & BTA Sunday Bird Walk Group
Date: Sunday, June 8

Green-tailed Towhee was a treat for participants in the Arboretum's first summertime 6:30 a.m. birdwalk. Participants saw this elusive skulker at the southeast end of the eucalyptus grove, as we were heading towards the herb garden, it was on the right. Just before that we had a very cooperative Cooper's hawk perched high in the trees just to the right of the old hawk nest near the white bridge over Silver King Wash -- staying there even while everyone trooped across the bridge and hung around right underneath it! Later, another (or the same one) swooped into a tree further towards the herb garden. The vermilion flycatchers at the picnic grounds were great, and we got both Lucy's warbler and Bell's vireo singing! Sometimes it's hard to see either. Other colorful species on our checklist today were Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Yellow Warbler, Hooded Oriole, Northern Cardinal, and four hummingbird species (Broad-billed, Anna's, Costas -- and also a probable Black-chinned). Other birds seen and heard today include Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. PS, I encouraged bird walk participants (and those of you reading this report) to be here for the next one of these Sunday guided walks, which will be lead by Dave Pearson on July 13.


From: Millie Billotta & Cindy West
Date: Monday, June 2
A daytime Barn Owl was an exciting surprise this morning, observed around 8:00 a.m. when it briefly flew into the open and perched just long enough for a good view on a sunny branch before continuing off to and to better, thicker cover across from the palm trees just east of the eucalyptus grove. We also saw a Common Blackhawk soaring over Queen Creek Canyon. Lots of birds with youngsters, too, such as an Abert's Towhee we observed feeding juveniles, a mother Anna's Hummingbird tending a hatchling (less than a day old!) in her nest in a mesquite tree in the picnic area, and many Yellow Warblers with fledglings. Ash-throated Flycatchers were calling in Queen Creek Canyon, and we also had a Common Yellowthroat near the artificial stream in the cul-de-sac in the Demonstration Garden. Other sightings today included Turkey Vulture, Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, numerous hummingbirds around the Karoo Boer Bean trees in the Desert Legume Garden (look for this one, with clusters of red flowers!); Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren (all three wren reports are by ear); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. We also had a Striped Whipsnake near the suspension bridge and -- even more notable -- a wary chuckwalla basking in the sun and silhouetted against the blue sky at the top of magma ridge, near one of the rock columns on the west side. It was above the open "playa" area -- right where the turkey vultures roost after dawn. The chuckwalla was unmistakable, with its large black body and contrastingly light-colored tail. Arboretum staff report there hadn't been a confirmed sighting of one of these at BTA in years!


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday May 25

The Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron was at Ayer Lake this morning and the pair of Zone-tailed Hawks were both easily found -- perched on the ridge above the High Trail across from the Herb Garden. Does anyone know if the Zone-tailed pair are nesting? Other birds today include Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird (on walkway going down to the Hummingbird Garden and Out Front of Main Building), Broad-billed Hummingbird, the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hummingbird was in the Hummingbird Garden; Gila Woodpecker, Western Wood Pe-wee (between Demo Garden and Main Building); Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher (many pairs, in picnic area and the Walk-a-bout); Brown-crested Flycatcher (up on ridge by the waterfall); Bell's Vireo (many, with young); Cassin's Vireo (demo garden); Common Raven, White-throated Swift (at Queen Creek); Violet-green Swallow (many, at Ayer Lake); Verdin (nesting); Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren (most numerous up near the house); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla (many, including young); Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler (with young, in the new Children's Garden and also the Demo Garden); Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Wilson's Warbler (in Demo Garden); Yellow-breasted Chat (In Hummingbird Garden and Demo Garden); Western Tanager, Summer Tanager (female, nesting); Northern Cardinal (many, with young); Abert's Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Black Throated Sparrow (heard only); Hooded Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird (juvenile); Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch (many, with young), House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline VandeWater
Date: Saturday, May 24

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were audible and unusually numerous today, with at least two -- possibly three of them heard and seen between the visitor center, the picnic area and the Demonstration Garden. White-throated Swifts were soaring overhead and a Western Wood-pewee in Queen Creek, visible from the demo garden, was another notable bird. Also on my checklist for an unusually cool and pleasant late May day were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: there were also two Black-crowned Night Herons at Ayer Lake this morning, an adult in addition to the juvenile bird which was first reported on May 4. Additionally, Jim and Betsy Walker added these species to Saturday's report: Red-tailed Hawk, Common Yellowthroat (at least two at Ayer Lake); Black-headed Grosbeak, and Great-tailed Grackle. Jim and Betsy also spotted a Summer Tanager on her nest about seven feet above the main trail in Queen Creek Canyon.


From: North American Migration Count Volunteers (see below)
Date: Saturday, May 10

A Grace's Warbler in the Desert Legume Garden was possibly the most surprising bird found by volunteers with Saturday's North American Migration Count around the gardens and trails. The juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron remained at Ayer Lake this morning, and several participants saw the Arboretum's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hummingbird. Our combined checklists totalled 9 Gambel's Quail, 34 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Zone-tailed Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Rock Pigeon, 19 Mourning Dove, 4 Eurasian Collared Dove, 23 White-winged Dove, 6 Inca Dove, 3 White-throated Swift, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 1 hybrid Violet-crowned x. Broad-billed Hummingbird, 9 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 4 Black Phoebe, 11 Vermilion Flycatcher, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 3 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 5 Western Kingbird, 18 Bell's Vireo, 1 Cassin's Vireo, 1 Warbling Vireo, 3 Common Raven, 7 Violet-green Swallow, 1 Purple Martin, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 14 Verdin, 2 Bewick's Wren, 4 Cactus Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 6 Curve-billed Thrasher, 20 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 6 Lucy's Warbler (two nesting pairs confirmed); 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 12 Yellow Warbler, 6 Wilson's Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 5 Yellow-breasted Chat, 5 Summer Tanager, 10 Western Tanager, 4 Abert's Towhee, 6 Black-throated Sparrow, 4 Song Sparrow, 7 White-crowned Sparrow, 4 Black-headed Grosbeak, 16 Northern Cardinal, 1 Pyrrhuloxia, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 12 Great-tailed Grackle, 1 Brown-headed Cowbird, 1 Bronzed Cowbird, 12 Hooded Oriole, 100+ House Finch, 2 Pine Siskin, 71 Lesser Goldfinch and 7 House Sparrow (and also one empidonax flycatcher). Editor's Note: Kathe Anderson's bird class this morning added 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird to the list of species found here at the Arboretum. The migration count for this region was coordinated by Marceline Vandewater; volunteers counting here at the Arboretum included Grant and Tyler Loomis, Joy Dingley, Vera Walters, Herb Fibel and also Jim and Betsy Walker. Marceline, Paul Kinslow and Joyce Peters surveyed for a half-mile along Queen Creek east of the Arboretum and found Common Blackhawk (nesting), a Dusky Flycatcher, Virginia
Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler and a Blue Grosbeak. Philip Lowe and Fred Stewart surveyed Oak Flat and added Western Scrub Jay,
Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Bushtit, Townsend's Warbler and Gray Vireo to the list.


From: Marceline VandeWater
Date: Sunday May 4

Green-tailed Towhee and Lazuli Bunting were both fun finds today, along with an immature Black-crowned Night heron at Ayer Lake. A Zone-tailed Hawk was flying with a group of Turkey Vultures, and a Common Yellowthroat was singing at Aye Lake. Other birds on my BTA checklist Sunday were Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Yellow Warbler,Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday May 4

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron was at Ayer Lake this morning (probably only passing through) with gray on his back and a gray-streaked white breast and red eyes. Another highlight today was a female Red Crossbill (who isn't red at all, but yellow) in the legume garden doing her little chrip call. Western Kingbirds were in the Picnic Area, at times harrassing a Common Raven. The male Black-headed Grosbeak was singing up at the top of he hill, by the Picketpost Mansion. And I noticed that someone yesterday posted about the pair of Zone-tailed Hawks, which I saw this morning perched uphill and above the High Trail -- visible from the main trail near the Herb Garden as you look over across Queen Creek. Summer Tanager was in the palm area across Queen Creek and the Western Tanagers were in the Demonstration Garden. Lots of Anna's Hummingbirds today, and I saw one female Costa's. Also on my checklist were: Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-Green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Thursday May 1

The late Warren Jones, University of Arizona Professor of Landscape Architecture, was recently honored here during a gathering in the Woodland Garden where a memorial plaque now reminds us of his contributions to the Arboretum, his students, and others. His vision for a richly aesthetic, educational garden has become a reality under the gentle, persistent care of Horticulturalist Steve Carter and assistants. This wonderful Demonstration Garden is a popular birding site where numerous species can usually be observed in a relatively short time. A burst of transients arrived this morning and residents are well into breeding activities, so I spent 0745-0845 watching birds while enjoying vibrant colors and avian music. Within 20 minutes I had noticed over 30 species; when I left the total was 44 plus vultures, a raven, and Rough-winged Swallows seen overhead. Highlights included a late Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Pine Siskins, and a colorful parade of 3 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 1 Summer and 4 Western Tanagers, 2 Hooded Orioles and a male Bullock's Oriole, 2 Lazuli Buntings 2 Green-tailed Towhees, a single Lark Sparrow, a Song Sparrow, and a few White-crowned Sparrows (gambellii and oriantha). One Orange-crowned, 4 "Audubon's", 1 MacGillivray's, 2 Wilson's, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Lucy's, and 4 Yellow Warblers foraged along with singing Bell's, Cassin's, and Warbling Vireos. One Pacific-slope Flycatcher, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 1 Western Kingbird, 1 Vermilion Flycatcher, and 1 Phainopepla darted about catching flying insects. An Anna's Hummingbird fed a fledgling; 3 pairs of Lesser Goldfinches, 2 pairs of House Finches, and a pair of Verdins tended their young. Finches were abundant. Eurasian Collared-Doves, White-winged Doves, and Lucy's Warblers gathered nest materials. Curve-billed Thrashers and Abert's Towhees carried food to nestlings. A fuzzy-crested, yellow-beaked House Finch peered over the rim of its nest as its mother perched slightly above. Numerous birds visited water features to drink and/or bathe. What a tribute to Warren and Steve!


From: Tyler Loomis and Desert Rivers Audubon "Early Birders Club"
Date: Saturday May 3

Today was the final meeting of the spring "Early Birders Club" coordinated by Desert Rivers Audubon Society, and we had dramatic views of two Golden Eagles soaring high over Queen Creek. Some of the more notable sightings today were MacGillvray's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting and Acorn Woodpecker. We also found a Lucy's Warbler at her cavity nest high up the sycamore tree in the picnic area, near the Vermilion Flycatcher nest which had been previsouly reported. We also saw one Anna's Hummingbird tending her nest about twelve feet overhead near the artificial stream in the cul-de-sac as you enter the Demonstration Garden and walk to the left. Two Cooper's Hawks were seen, too, with the female perched and feeding on a rodent. Also on our checklist for the day are Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk (2 perched above the High Trail); Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Acorn Woodpecker, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-Green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren (the female has at least three tiny nestlings inside the Clevenger House); Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird (observed right when it invaded an oriole nest); Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: Sunday April 27

We found a Black-throated Gray Warbler in the Queen Creek riparian corridor on this morning's bird walk; also Green Heron, Pine Siskin - and our group had great views of an Anna's Hummingbird on her nest. Birds (in the order seen) include Turkey Vulture, Northern Cardinal, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, White-winged Dove, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Bell's Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Costa's Hummingbird, Lucy's Warbler, House Sparrow, Vermilion Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe, Great-tailed Grackle, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Abert's Towhee, Verdin, Black-throated Sparrow, Red-tailed Hawk, Anna's Hummingbird, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Canyon Wren, an empidonax flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Summer Tanager, Bewick's Wren, Common Raven, Gila Woodpecker, Hooded Oriole, Mourning Dove, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Phainopepla, Pine Siskin, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Tanager.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Monday April 21

After teaching at Tucson Audubon’s Institute of Desert Ecology, I surveyed the Arb where its gardens were vibrant with color and bird songs. Wintering species included the Brown Thrasher (still near the herb garden), 1 Western Scrub-Jay, a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 2 solitary Hermit Thrushes, a scattering of White-crowned Sparrows, and numerous Pine Siskins. I found 2 late Cassin’s Finches in willows along Queen Creek near Apache Tears Road east of the Arb. I noted several transients: 1 Sora, 1 Killdeer, 1 male Broad-tailed Hummingbird, several Empidonax flycatchers (Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacific-slope), a couple Cassin’s and Warbling Vireos, 5 Orange-crowned Warblers, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 10+ Yellow-rumped Warblers (1 Myrtle); 2 Wilson’s Warblers, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 2 male Lazuli Buntings, 3 Green-tailed Towhees, 19 Lark Sparrows, 6 Chipping Sparrows, and several Lincoln’s Sparrows. A Brown-crested Flycatcher calling east of the herb garden and a Yellow-breasted Chat singing in the hummingbird garden were this spring’s first sightings. Song rates of all wrens, Lucy’s Warblers, and cardinals were low, suggesting they are actively nesting. Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches were nest-building, brooding, and/or feeding young (ranging from just-fledged to older still-begging young birds). A female House Finch hunched low in a Hooded Oriole nest in a palm north of the ramada in the Demonstration Garden. White-winged and Mourning Doves gathered nests materials. Eurasian Collared-Doves may breed in the gardens this year, since a few pairs displayed and cooed intensely from the Eucalyptus grove to the residential area and in conifers below the dam. Numerous juvenile Anna’s and Costa’s Hummingbirds were evident; females of these species and Black-chinned attended nests. Several pairs of Abert’s Towhees fed fledglings, a pair of thrashers tended nestlings, and several Verdin nests held audible nestlings. Some Phainopeplas incubated eggs while others carried nest material. A symphony of sound filled the air throughout the morning.


From: Steve & Joan Hosmer
Date: Sunday, April 20

Lawrence's Goldfinch and a Common Blackhawk were the notable birds Sunday, and we also had American Goldfinch and Lesser, too. Black-chinned Hummingbird, Cassin's Vireo, and 5 Summer Tanager also made for a great morning! Other species and total counts today include 4 Gambel's Quail, 1 Pied-Billed Grebe, 3 Turkey Vulture, 1 American Coot, 2 Mourning Dove, 5 White-winged Dove, 3 White-throated Swift, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Costa's Hummingbird, many Anna's Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Western Kingbird, many Bell's Vireo, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, many Verdin, Violet-Green Swallow, 1 Bewick's Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 2 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Yellow Warbler, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 3 Abert's Towhee, 3 Song Sparrow, 2 White-crowned Sparrow, many Northern Cardinal, 12 Great-tailed Grackle, 1 Hooded Oriole and numerous House Finch and Pine Siskin.


From: Kathe Anderson (additional sightings by Diane Krpan and Paul Wolterbeek)
Date: Saturday, April 19

Participants in Saturday's guided bird walk this morning had a rare chance to see the elusive Sora lurking in the cattails on the opposite shore of Ayer Lake around 9:30 a.m. Our groups also had great views of the female Vermilion Flycatcher on her nest in the picnic area, with the male flying around the benches and hawking insects nearby. We saw three Anna's hummingbird nests and also the Canyon Wren nest inside the Clevenger House (the bird was outside). Pine Siskins were seen and heard near the Rose Garden close to the Smith Building, and also vocal in the Demo Garden and the Picnic Area, and an Ash-throated Flycatcher was across the wash from the picnic area. Other sightings/heards today include Gambel's Quail, Pied-Billed Grebe, American Coot, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-winged Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird (in the Demonstration Garden); Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe (at Ayer Lake); Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo (seen in Picnic Area); Western Scrub Jay (heard, across from the Herb Garden); Violet-Green Swallow, White-throated swift (seen above Magma Ridge); Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (on the other side of Queen Creek, seen from the suspension bridge); Curve-billed Thrasher, Verdin, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow (heard only, along the trail above Ayer Lake); White-crowned Sparrow (seen in Picnic Area); Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole (across from Herb Garden, also in Demonstration Garden); House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Finch.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: Friday and Wednesday (April 16, 18)
Friday morning at the Demonstration Garden we saw a Northern Beardless Tyrannulet and also a male Lawrence's Goldfinch. Highlights on Wednesday morning included Pine Siskin near the Herb Garden, and hummingbird included Rufous, Broad-billed Hummingbird, and the Violet-crowned x Broad-billed
Hybrid
. Other birds (listed in the order seen and heard) were Gambel’s Quail, Mourning Dove, House Sparrow, Great-tailed Grackle, Northern Cardinal, Bell’s Vireo, Yellow Warbler, White-winged Dove, Ash-throated Flycatcher, House Finch, Abert’s Towhee, Turkey Vulture, Hooded Oriole, White-crowned Sparrow, Phainopepla, Lesser Goldfinch, Red-winged Blackbird, Gila Woodpecker, Anna’s Hummingbird, Lucy’s Warbler, Vermilion Flycatcher, and Cooper’s Hawk.


From: Millie Billotta & Cindy West
Date: Monday, April 14
Late for the season, the Brown Thrasher is still here - we saw it clearly beneath the dwarf pomegranate hedge on the righthand side of the main trail near the Herb Garden (righthand side as you're walking east, deeper into Queen Creek Canyon). We also had the Arboretum's first returning Wilson's Warbler, and later Monday morning an Ash-throated Flycatcher was in trees above the Crider Garden (out front of the Smith building entrance patio) around noon. We saw the female Vermilion Flycatcher on her nest in the picnic area, with the male flying around the benches and hawking insects nearby. Two Anna's Hummingbird nests are easy to find near the west entrance to the High Trail -- just wait by the picnic bench nearby and scan the lowest branches of the tamarisk trees. Monday we also found a Bewick's Wren nest in a tree cavity near the jujubes (west of the Herb Garden) and saw the Canyon Wren nesting inside the Clevenger House. Other sightings today were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Costa's Hummingbird, the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Marceline VandeWater
Date: Sunday, April 13
We had great views of a male Summer Tanager perched high in a mesquite above the Smith Building -- the first of these migrants returned to the Arboretum for the season. Our guided birdwalk group also found two separate Vermilion Flycatcher nests (one in the picnic area, the other near the Drover's Shed); and four separate Anna's Hummingbird nests -- one of them with two babies being tended by mom). Broad-billed and Costa's Hummingbirds were also seen. Other birds on today's checklist include Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird (two perched high in the sycamore tree in the picnic area); Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren (one is nesting in the Clevenger House); Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole (male and female nesting in the palm tree near the Herb Garden), House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday, April 6
Highlights of today's observations included a pair of Mallards, a Green Heron, a female Belted Kingfisher, and 2 Common Yellowthroats at Ayer Lake. I was surprised to find a Common Ground-Dove cooing in dense cover near the Hummingbird Garden. A pair of Verdins fed nestlings nearby. The wintering Brown Thrasher sang softly in a dense hackberry thicket southwest of the herb garden.


From: Troy Corman, Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald
Date: Saturday, April 5
A Scott's Oriole singing in Queen Creek Canyon was a highlight today, and also the season's first BTA record of migrant Rufous Hummingbirds passing through. A Swainson's Hawk circled over the visitor center along with 25 Turkey Vultures -- a memorable way to begin our guided bird walk, and Saturday morning we also found 15 Anna's Hummingbirds (and confirmed four nests); 5 Broad-billed Hummingbirds, 3 Black-chinned Hummingbirds and 4 Costa's Hummingbird. Also seen and heard around the trails were 2 Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, American Coot, 5 White-winged Dove, 10 Inca Dove, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 3 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe (building a nest near the Herb Garden), 4 Vermilion Flycatcher (nesting pair); 5 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 10+ Bell's Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Common Raven, 15 Violet-green Swallow, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 8 Verdin, 2 Bewick's Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, 5 Curved-billed Thrasher, 6 Phainopepla (one pair nesting near the Smith Building entrance); 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, 25+ Lucy's Warbler, 15 Yellow-rumped Warbler ("Audubon's"); 8 Yellow Warbler, 10 Abert's Towhee, 5 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 10+ White-crowned Sparrow, 10 Northern Cardinal, 15 Red-winged Blackbird, 8 Great-tailed Grackle, 2 Hooded Oriole, 15 House Finch, Pine Siskin, 30+ Lesser Goldfinch and 3 House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Monday, March 31
Two male Hooded Orioles (the first 2008 sighting at BTA) were perched in trees at the west end of the main parking lot when I arrived this morning at 8:00 a.m. as the Arboretum opened. Later in the morning a Zone-tailed Hawk was circling with the Turkey Vultures, and a few other highlights today were Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, and also Pine Siskins -- audible with their "zzzzzsheeeeEEEP" calls along Queen Creek. Other birds (listed in their BTA checklist order) Monday were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe (three of them at Aye Lake!); Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curved-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: March 29-30 (Saturday-Sunday)
Yellow Warblers are back this weekend! Watch and listen for them foraging high in the eucalyptus trees surrounding the Picnic Area parking lot; they are back this week, audible and active. Saturday I found a Yellow-rumped Warbler of the "Myrtle" race near the Drover's Shed. Pine Siskins were singing from the tamarisk trees near the olive grove, and a Zone-tailed Hawk was audible somewhere along Queen Creek. A Red-tailed Hawk circled overhead. Also seen and heard around the gardens were Gambel's Quail (singing); Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher (a pair were in the Picnic Area both days); Bell's Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren (audible at Ayer Lake); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Curved-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Lucy's Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (picnic area); Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch. Saw my first Western Whiptail lizard for 2008 on Saturday, too, and a small Collared Lizard on Sunday -- in addition to the Greater Earless and Ornate Tree lizards which have been active for the past month.


From: Kurt and Cindy Radamaker
Date: Sunday, March 23
Notable species today included a Red-tailed Hawk soaring above Magma Ridge and one of the resident pair of Cooper's Hawks -- up in a tree along Queen Creek and eating a rabbit (not into the Easter spirit, obviously!). Other birds that we saw on today's guided bird walk included 10 Turkey Vultures (which had already had lifted off by the time we started the walk) also Pied-billed Grebe, 2 American Coot, 4 Inca Dove, 2 White-throated Swifts (Magma Ridge); 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 4 Anna's Hummingbird (including a male doing a courtship flight pattern); 2 Costa's Hummingbird, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Dusky Flycatcher (probable); 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Vermilion Flycatcher (a male in the Picnic Area); 8 Bell's Vireo, Western Scrub Jay (two of them duking it out with some phainopeplas over territory); 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 6 Verdin, 4 Bewick's Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 1 Hermit Thrush, 4 Curved-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 4 European Starling, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, 10 Lucy's Warbler, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 1 Painted Redstart (across the road from Ayer Lake, in the cottonwood trees); 4 Northern Cardinal, 8 Abert's Towhee, 2 Spotted Towhee, 4 Song Sparrow, 2 Lincoln's Sparrow (across the road from Ayer Lake); 4 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon); 1 Pink-sided Junco, 10 Red-winged Blackbird, 6 Brown-headed cowbird, 20 House Finch, 50 Lesser Goldfinch, 2 House Sparrow (building a nest in a saguaro cactus across from Ayer Lake). PLUS: one handsome Gila Monster outside of the collections, under some dead prickly pear pads. It was probably full sized and the yellow/black variety.


From: Tom Gaskill, Jon Mann, Diane Krpan and Paul Wolterbeek
Date: Saturday, March 22
Diane spotted the Brown Thrasher just west of the Herb Garden and on the south side of the trail Saturday morning and we also saw the season's first Zone-tailed Hawk perched above the High Trail. Other highlights include the Black-throated Gray Warbler which Jon's group spotted between the picnic area and the drover's shed, and a Gray Vireo that Jon's group saw in the Demonstration Garden. Tom's group found the Green Heron at Ayer Lake, and also one American Goldfinch near the Desert Legume Garden. We counted more than 20 Turkey Vultures and other birds (in checklist order) included Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Green Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Eurasian collared dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hummingbird; Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, White-throated Swift, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Troy Corman, Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald (and see the additional report at the end by Eric Hough)
Date: Saturday, March 15
Three Fox Sparrows were found on the guided bird walk Saturday: two of the Slate-colored race were found in the Demonstration Garden (furtively lurking in dense shrubs just past the wooden entrance ramada -- righthand, or west, side of the trail) and one possible "altivagans-type," with characteristics that are a mixture of both Slate-colored and Red Fox Sparrows, near the upper end of Ayer Lake. One Black-throated Gray Warbler, an American Goldfinch and a Pine Siskin were also highlights today, and we counted 18 Turkey Vultures, too. Other birds (in checklist order) include 10 Gambel's Quail, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 4 Inca Dove, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Costa's Hummingbird, 8 Anna's Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 3 Black Phoebe, 2 Bell's Vireo, 1 Hutton's Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 12 Violet-green Swallow, 15 Verdin, 1 House Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 3 Hermit Thrush, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 8 Lucy's Warbler, 20 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 10 Abert's Towhee, 5 Spotted Towhee, 3 Black-throated Sparrow, 6 Lincoln's Sparrow, 6 Song Sparrow, 8 White-crowned Sparrow, 10 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon, Pink-sided); 10 Northern Cardinal, 10 Red-winged Blackbird, 2 Great-tailed Grackle, 25 House Finch, 1 Pine Siskin (Demonstration Garden) and 25 Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: Eric and Elaine Hough shared their Saturday checklist, adding these species: Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Western Scrub-Jay, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher -- and eight Red Crossbills which were calling as they flew overhead.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, March 13
Ten Turkey Vultures were sunbathing on the cliffs, back just in time for the Arboretum's annual "Welcome Back Buzzards" day on Saturday March 22. Violet-green Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows were notable, along with Green Heron (Ayer Lake, along with Marsh Wren, Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot); Eurasian Collared Dove, the season's first Bell's Vireo, and a Lincoln's Sparrow. Others today included Gambel's Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa'sHummingbird (Demonstration Garden); Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western-scrub Jay, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater and Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, March 9
A Western Flycatcher was a highlight today, along with the season's first Lucy's Warbler sighting (in the Picnic Area) at BTA and also four different hummingbird species ( Broad-billed, Costa's, Anna's and the Arboretum's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hummingbird). Hutton's Vireo and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are both still present (a Hutton's was singing near the Smith Building) and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were observed near the suspension bridge over Queen Creek. Also on our checklist were Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake (a pair of each); Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Western-scrub Jay, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Butterflies seen today included Spring Azure, Mourning Cloak, Sleepy Orange, two Monarchs, three Sara Orangetips and four Pipevine Swallowtails. Editor's Note: Kathe Anderson also reprted Pine Siskins in the tamarisk trees in the picnic area Saturday.


From: Cynthia Donald & Peter Moulton
Date: Saturday, March 3
The season's first Turkey Vulture soared over the Smith Building shortly after our bird walk began this morning, and -- despite gusty winds -- today was a good one for hummingbirds. Our Saturday bird walk group found a migrating Rufous Hummingbird in addition to Broad-billed, Anna's, Costa's and also the Arboretum's singular hybrid hummingbird. This previously-reported Violet-crowned x. Broad-billed crossbreed was found in the Cactus Garden, where it perched near the main trail and posed allowing photographs for a few minutes. Winds hindered our count today, but some other highlights included a Red-tailed Hawk, Black-throated Sparrow, Hutton's Vireo and two swallow speciess (Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged). We also found a Marsh Wren at Ayer Lake, and numerous Hermit Thrush. Also seen and heard around the gardens were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Birders: watch for a second possible hybrid hummingbird, we saw what appeared to be a male Broad-billed, but with white under the tail and lower belly.

 


From: Dave Powell and Kurt Radamaker
Date: Saturday, March 2
A Golden Eagle soaring over the cliffs was a highlight today, along with an early Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, and the season's first Turkey Vulture (perched in a huge eucalyptus tree in the Demonstration Garden at opening hour. Also on our checklist today were Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Cooper's Hawks, American Coot, 5 Inca Doves, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbirds, 6 Costa's Hummingbirds, 20 Anna's Hummingbirds, the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpeckers, 1 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted); 2 Red-naped Sapsuckers, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, 2 Hutton's Vireos, 2 Western-scrub Jay, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Common Raven, 14 Verdins, 1 Bewick's Wren, 3 Cactus Wrens, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 2 Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, 10 Yellow-rumped Warblers (Audubon's), 2 Canyon Towhee, 4 Spotted Towhee, 6 Abert's Towhee, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 5 White-crowned Sparrows, 14 Dark-eyed Juncos, 6 Northern Cardinals, 4 Red-winged Blackbirds, 1 Great-tailed Grackle, 4 House Finches, 20 Lesser Goldfinches and 8 House Sparrows. We also had several species of butterflies, including Sleepy Orange, Sara Orangetip, Snout, Pipevine Swallowtail, Mourning Cloak and two Monarchs.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Sunday, February 24
Vera Walters and I lead the bird walk Sunday morning, dividing into two smaller groups. We enjoyed good looks at both Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds and the Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hummingbird; others on the checklist today were Cooper's Hawk, Pied-billed Grebe, American
Coot, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird, Western-scrub Jay, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Wednesday, February 20
American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler and Hutton's Vireo were all found Wednesday along with Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western-scrub Jay, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Rich Ditch
Date: Saturday, February 16
The most notable bird today was a Sage Thrasher found in the Cactus Garden, approximately across from the Desert Legume Garden and in shrubs at the west end below Magma Ridge (near the "puya" plant which blooms occasionally). Others seen and heard, in order, were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hummingbird; Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Sage Thrasher, Hutton's Vireo, Canyon Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Wednesday, February 13
After attending the Arizona Botanists/Arizona Native Plant Society annual conference at the Desert Botanical Gardens over the weekend, I visited the Arb
and vicinity from February 10-13. In addition to the usual residents, wintering sapsuckers, Western Scrub-Jays, Bridled Titmice, House and Marsh Wrens, Hermit Thrushes, only a few Phainopeplas and mockingbirds, the Brown Thrasher, Hutton’s Vireos, Spotted Towhees, White-crowned Sparrows, and “Oregon” Juncos were noted. The Brown Thrasher may be detected by listening for soft, almost inaudible guttural singing coming from dense thickets or other dense foliage between the herb garden and the olive grove, where it fed on fallen olives. Red-winged Blackbirds provided one of the highlights of the trip, singing and “tchecking” in choruses throughout the morning in and near the residential area where they fed on seed provided by volunteers living there. Periodically some flew to Ayer Lake, settled in the marsh, and then returned to feed later. Many roosted in the marsh overnight along with Brewer’s Blackbirds that arrived from the west. A few Pine Siskins joined throngs of goldfinches at thistle feeders. Other highlights included a Green Heron at Ayer Lake, a few White-throated Swifts briefly swirling about cliffs in Queen Creek Canyon, a flock of 18 Red Crossbills that probed at pine cones in the residential area, 4 Western Bluebirds feeding on mistletoe berries along Queen Creek below the Picket Post House, and the first Violet-green Swallows of the spring. Pied-billed Grebes have begun courtship, Inca Doves started nest construction, and some House Sparrows occupied saguaro cavities. Others apparently forming or reinforcing pair bonds and courting include: House Finches, Lesser Goldfinches, Northern Cardinals, Abert’s Towhees, Canyon Towhees.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Monday, February 11
Both the "Myrtle" and the "Audubon's" races of Yellow-rumped Warbler were here Monday, along with Orange-crowned Warbler, Pyrrhuloxia, Costa's Hummingbird (also Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird and the Hybrid Hummingbird. Wrens were also numerous, with Bewick's, Cactus and Canyon Wren in various gardens and Marsh Wrens at Ayer Lake. Others today were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Western-scrub Jay, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird (about 200 of them perched on the telephone wires near the entry gate at 8:00); House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, February 10
Bird-of-the-day was a White-throated Swift which flew over us in Queen Creek Canyon, and we also had a great look at one of the resident Cooper's Hawks flying over the Demonstration Garden. Other birds (in checklist order) today include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Hybrid Hummingbird (the Arboretum's unique Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned); Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped ( "Audubon's" ) Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Scott Burge & Bob Witzeman (Maricopa Audubon Society)
Date: Saturday, February 9
Pine Siskin was a notable find today and we also had four hummingbird species (Black-chinneds are back and we had Anna's, Broad-billed and also the Arboretum's unique Hybrid Hummingbird). Others this morning included Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, February 7
A Rufous-crowned Sparrow along the Magma Ridge Trail on the north flank of the ridge my notable bird today, along with Orange-crowned Warbler, Bridled Titmouse and Dark-eyed Junco. Ayer Lake had a pair of Pied-billed Grebes and a pair of American Coots, Red-winged Blackbirds and vocal Marsh Wrens (other wrens today included Bewick's, Cactus, Rock and Canyon). Also present Thursday were Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, the Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped ("Audubon's") Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cathy Wise (Arizona Audubon)
Date: Saturday, February 2
You couldn't ask for a better bird walk than we had Saturday; Jennifer Martin assisted me with leading the tour and 17 great participants and perfect weather. No rarities, but our group did find Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and the first 2008 report of a Black-chinned Hummingbird here at BTA. We also found Anna's Hummingbirds, and we had excellent looks at the handsome male Hybrid Hummingbird. Western Scrub-Jays continue to be at this lower elevation for the winter, and other wintering migrants included Red-naped Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrush. We tallied 37 species, including five wrens: Bewick's, Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh). Others -- in checklist order -- were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Friday, February 1
Green Heron at Ayer Lake was the most notable bird today, along with Bridled Titmouse and Dark-eyed Junco. Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe and Red-winged Blackbird were also at the lake. Others today include Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, the Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's, Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped ("Audubon's") Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater and Paul Kinslow
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Perfect, beautiful weather today between 9:15 a.m. and noon, but the birding was slow. We did find one male Pyrrhuloxia and had good looks at both Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds. Red-tailed Hawk was notable and we found four Wren species (Bewick's, Cactus, Rock and Marsh). Others on our checklist include Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin (many of these - and vocal!); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler ( "Audubon's"); Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bill and Beth Clark
Date: Monday, January 28, 2008
Queen Creek is running strong and loud, making birding-by-ear a bit more of a challenge, still we found the Arboretum's unique male Hybrid Hummingbird and also can report the season's first sighting of a Turkey Vulture soaring overhead. Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds were also found in the hummingbird garden, and birds at Aye Lake included 2 Pied-billed Grebes, American Coot, and Black Phoebe. Canyon Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow and White-winged Dove were notable, too. Here's what else we had (in BTA checklist order): Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund and Judy Johnson
Date: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008
Today was cold and windy, with no sign of the Saw-whet Owl today, but we did find a Greater Roadrunner in the Demonstration Garden and also five different species of wrens (House, Bewick's, Cactus, Rock and Canyon). Western Scrub-Jay and wintering Bridled Titmouse continue to be present Thursday, and the handsome male Hybrid Hummingbird was easily seen on numerous occasions in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Also on our checklist were Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Monday, Jan. 14, 2008
The Saw-whet owl reported Friday was still here on Monday, found in about the same area (high up in the salt cedars behind trail marker #43) and easily seen silhouetted against the sky in the midafternoon. Also notable were Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Bridled Titmouse, Western Scrub-Jay and the Hybrid Hummingbird. Others on my checklist include Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Rich Ditch
Date: Friday, January 11, 2008
I spent a pleasant 3 hours at BTA on Friday morning. Not a lot of birds, but good quality. A Bridled Titmouse near the start of the steep trail to the PP House; the Brown Thrasher high in a tree near marker 43; a Northern Saw-whet Owl that the thrasher was exited about. I showed the owl to one girl with a cart working over in the picnic area. Location: 50 feet south of main trail between white bridge and herb garden near marker #43 opposite a bench. bout 50 feet up in a big salt cedar. My bird list (in order seen): Common Raven, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, House Finch, House Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Gambel’s Quail, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Abert’s Towhee, Verdin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Cactus Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Rock Wren, Black Phoebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Bridled Titmouse, Hermit Thrush, Gila Woodpecker, White-crowned
Sparrow, Red-shafted Flicker, Northern Cardinal, Brown Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Orange-crowned Warbler, Phainopepla, Broad-billed Hummingbird.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2008
Near the easternmost corner of the main trail (below Picketpost Mansion) I found at least 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets near the bench. Between this point and the bridge as I was walking under the big rock overhang (area with Texas mulberry, Arizona walnut and African sumacs) I heard at least two Bridled Titmice foraging along the creek. A highlight at BTA was a juvenile (almost adult plumage) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the honey locust next to the holly oak along the Main Trail - between the pine grove and the olives. I could see no trace of red on its nape. Also, I saw a bird fly over that had the flight pattern of a TUVU. I was looking at the bird with bad lighting, so I could not see if there were any bands on the tail that would indicate a ZTHA. Furthermore, I saw the Hybrid Hummingbird in his usual area. This was interesing: as I watched he attempted to sing the Anna's Hummingbird song. It would sing the same song as an Anna's up to the part with a high note, but not carry on with the grating ending ("pt-chee-chee chee, ptchee-chee chee, "prrt-chu-WEET!"). I guess he's trying to emulate the sounds of the Anna's since they are more common and since there are no Violet-crowned around (and few Broad-billeds). I am not really sure what to make of it! I also heard several Red Crossbills fly over the BTA. Here is the full list of confirmed sightings: Pied-billed Grebe (2), Peregrine Falcon (1 flew over Queen Creek upstream from BTA), American Coot (1), hybrid Violet-crowned X Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 female), Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1), Red-naped Sapsucker (2), Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo (2 along Main Trail near olive grove), Western Scrub-Jay (1 along Queen Creek), Common Raven, Bridled Titmouse (2), Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet (2+ along Queen Creek), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird (heard flying over arboretum), Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher (1 at trail marker 43 near intersection of trail that mostly parallels Main Trail), Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler (1 in Chihuahuan Desert garden, 1 along Queen Creek), Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler (1), Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon and Pink-sided), Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Red Crossbill (heard several fly over arboretum), Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund and Judy Johnson
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008
A Fox Sparrow north of Ayer Lake was a highlight Tuesday, also Gilded Flicker, Dusky Flycatcher and two Western Scrub-Jays in the Demonstration Garden. We also found Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Red-winged Blackbird and Black Phoebe at Ayer Lake; Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Red- naped Sapsucker, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, four wren species (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Marsh); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Craig Fischer & Christmas Bird Count Participants
Date: Friday, January 4, 2008
The Brown Thrasher was found near the Herb Garden during Friday's annual Superior Christmas Bird Count, and a few other notable sightings included a Peregrine Falcon, White-throated Sparrow, 33 Anna's Hummingbirds and one Pyrrhuloxia. It's important to note that some of the birds in the following list were counted west of the park, including 58 of the Black-throated Sparrows and many of the desert birds (cactus wren, etc.). It was nice to have such a large contingent of people in our area which allowed some of the group to cover the desert, as our section of the Superior county includes the desert west of Gonzales Pass almost as far as the Whitlow Dam turnoff. Species see at the Arboretum included 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Marsh Wren and 2 American Coot; also counted were 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 3 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 76 Gambel's Quail, 33 Inca Dove, 3 Mourning Dove, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 1 Hybrid (Violet-crowned x Broad-billed) Hummingbird, 16 Gila Woodpecker, 11 Northern Flicker, 4 Gilded Flicker, 8 Red-naped Sapsucker, 4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 8 Black Phoebe, 8 Say's Phoebe, 2 Hutton's Vireo, 2 Western Scrub-Jay, 10 Common Raven, 29 Verdin, 17 Canyon Wren, 16 Cactus Wren, 12 Rock Wren, 9 Bewick's Wren, 25 Hermit Thrush, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 80 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 15 Northern Mockingbird, 31 Curve-billed Thrasher, 6 European Starling, 6 Phainopepla, 47 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 10 Orange-crowned Warbler, 34 Northern Cardinal, 27 Spotted Towhee, 4 Canyon Towhee, 32 Abert's Towhee, 2 Brewer's Sparrow, 64 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 White-throated Sparrow, 141 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 25 Dark-eyed Junco, 100 Red-winged Blackbird, 7 Brewer's Blackbird, 66 House Finch, 2 Cassin's Finch, 139 Lesser Goldfinch and 33 House Sparrow. These tallies above include some species counted along Queen Creek for about a half-mile just east of the Arboretum -- and a few of the notable species seen in this area off the Arboretum grounds included a Bridled Titmouse, 11 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 1 Loggerhead Shrike, 1 Painted Redstart, 1 Black-chinned Sparrow and 25 Red Crossbill which perched in ocotillos above the canyon for about 10 minutes before continuing through.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, December 15, , 2007
Cassin's Vireo, Green Heron, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Thrasher and American Robin were the notable species on Saturday. Other birds on my checklist include Pied-billed Grebe, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted); Red- naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Western Scrub-Jay, Verdin, five wren species (Marsh, House, Bewick's, Rock and Canyon!); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White- crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin (by ear); and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Sunday, November 25, 2007
Among our most interesting finds today was a Bridled Titmouse foraging high up in the cottonwoods along the Queen Creek riparian area, just before the ascent to Ayer Lake. We heard Cedar Waxwings fly over the Eucalyptus trees in the Demonstratin Garden, and also heard Red Crossbills fly over the canyon along Queen Creek. Others seen and heard today include Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, a female hummingbird, possibly Costa's; Anna's Hummingbird, Hybrid Hummingbird (the Broad-billed X Violet-crowned); Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, an Empidonax flycatcher (acted kind of like a warbler; was foraging in pine trees in Demonstration Garden); Western Scrub-Jay (Demo. Garden), Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler (both Myrtle and Audubon's), Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, FOX SPARROW (Slate-colored--in shrubs on the hillside past the Clevenger House (going towards the bridge) near the Jujube trees); Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed, Oregon); Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: BTA bird walk guide Marceline Vandewater was here Saturday and reported the Brown Thrasher was right near the boulder on the south side of the path near yellow trail marker #42 as you approach the Herb Garden.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2007
Participants on the final guided bird walk of the season were rewarded with great views of the Hybrid Hummingbird (Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned) shortly after the start of our walk on Saturday. The best place, overall, was along the main trail closer to the Herb Garden where pistachio trees are loaded with rip fruit; here we had Western Scrub-Jay, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Gila Woodpecker and Hermit Thrush. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was audible in this area, too. Ayer Lake birds included Marsh Wren, Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot. Also on our checklist were Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds; Black Phoebe and Say's Phoebe (both in the picnic area); Common Raven, Verdin, Rock wren, Canyon Wren, House Wren Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler ("Audubon's"), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Canyon Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (picnic area); Northern Cardinal and Red-winged Blackbird.


From: Cindy Marple and Marceline Vandewater
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2007
The Brown Thrasher was seen late this morning when it hopped up into plain view for all to see in a pistachio tree on the north (left) side of the trail just east of the Herb Garden. The main trail between markers #36 and #43 was our most productive area Sunday, with Northern Red-shafted Flickers, Gila Woodpeckers, Red-naped Sapsuckers and more all feeding on ripe pistachio berries (White-throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Hutton's Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Fox Sparrow and Western-scrub Jay were also found here). Our bird walk group had a chance to see two White-winged Doves perched on snags visible west of the Demonstration Garden, and great looks at a Chipping Sparrow perched in Queen Creek from here, too. A Green Heron was at Ayer Lake (also Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe and Marsh Wren). The Hybrid Hummingbird (Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned) zipped through the Hummingbird-butterfly Garden around 8:45, and we also saw Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds. Others species on our checklist today were Mourning Dove, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren (six wren species today); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Also, Cindy was here Nov. 10 and found a Brown Creeper in the Demonstration Garden.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
During my research trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Important Bird Area November 1-7, I surveyed the botanic gardens, as well as desert and riparian habitats in the vicinity, and observed 97 species of birds. On Nov 3, 14 species of emberizids (including 1 Green-tailed Towhee, and 1 Black-chinned, 2 Brewer's, 1 White-throated (brown-striped), and 7 Fox Sparrows - 4 south of the herb garden) and 6 species of cardueline finches (Evening Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, Lawrence's Goldfinch) were noted. Pistacio trees loaded with fruit attracted a myriad of species such as woodpeckers (many "Red-shafted" and a female "Yellow-shafted" Flicker, Gilded Flicker, resident woodpeckers, sapsuckers), winter-time berry-eaters (solitaires, thrushes, robins, mockingbirds, Phainopeplas), and others. Mixed species flocks, some containing "mountain species", foraged among deciduous trees along Queen Creek (Mountain Chickadee, Bridled Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hutton's and Cassin's Vireos, Orange-crowned, "Audubon's", and Black-throated Gray Warblers).
Other significant species were: 1 Great Egret stalking fish at Ayer on Nov 4; 3 American Wigeons on Nov 2; a late White-winged Dove on Nov 2; a Poorwill foraging at dusk Nov 4, 5, and 7; Western Scrub-Jays, resident throughout the fall; 1 Brown Thrasher, first noted near the herb garden on Oct 15; and rarely seen American Pipits (Nov. 3: 1 fly-over; & Nov 5:1 along wet Ayer Lake shoreline). A Western Screech-Owl that perched within 6m of me at dusk on Nov. 6 may have been the bird that responded to Troy Corman in that area on Nov 3. An Olive Warbler replied to my whistles, breaking into partial song and uttering 3 different call sequences from cottonwood canopy along the creek on Nov. 3. A solitary Red Crossbill flew over calling loudly before wheeling about and settling into conifers at the Pine Loop/Eucalyptus grove on Nov 6. A female American Goldfinch foraged with siskins and Lesser Goldfinches on Nov 1. Additional birds of interest included: Green Heron, Sora, Belted Kingfisher at Ayer; Dusky Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, and a late Lazuli Bunting.


From: Pete Moulton & Troy Corman (additional reports by Cynthia Donald)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 3
This report combines two checklists: the report from Cynthia Donald's birding class guided walk Saturday, and the second from our own Arboretum guided bird walk lead by Pete Moulton and Troy Corman, who reported a "female Yellow-shafted Flicker was found eating pistachio berries with other flickers, which was probably the rarest bird we noted. We observed the brown on the face and throat, the red v-shaped nape patch, and the golden hue of the wing-lining which is much deeper and darker yellow than observed on a Gilded." Also, a Brown Creeper found late in the morning in the Demonstration Garden ("Woodland Garden" near the artificial stream) by Cynthia's group was notable, along with a Red-breasted Nuthatch audible along Queen Creek. It was a good day for wrens: with three Rock, Canyon, House and Cactus Wrens, 4 Bewick's and 2 Marsh found in the gardens. A Cassin's Vireo was notable, and the pistachio trees are loaded with ripe fruit -- and a great place to look for Northern "Red-shafted" Flickers (10 of these were found), Gila Woodpeckers (6), and a Gilded Flicker. Red-naped Sapsuckers (3) were also found, and other birds seen and heard today include 2 Pied Billed Grebe, American Coot and a Green Heron at Ayer Lake; 2 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 25 Gambel's Quail, Western Screech Owl ("audible only, it responded briefly to my whistled owl imitation along the native riparian area," report Troy); Broad-billed Hummingbird, Hybrid Hummingbird (Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned); 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, 2 Hutton's Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, 3 Common Raven, 3 Violet-green Swallow, 15 Verdin, 20 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrow, 10 Hermit Thrush, American Robin, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing (one fly-over); 5 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 5 Spotted Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, Canyon Towhee (in the Cactus Garden); Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 3 Lincoln's Sparrow, 25 White-crowned Sparrow, 8 Northern Cardinal, 2 Red-winged Blackbird, 2 House Finch, 3 Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Cynthia's class visited the Oak Flat campground seven miles east of the Arboretum from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. and also reported Brown Thrasher, Bridled Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch and numerous Bushtits and Dark-eyed Juncos.


From: Richard Ditch, Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, Oct. 28
In addition to the expected Red-naped Sapsuckers, the birdwalk led by Pete Moulton, Cynthia Donald, and me on Sunday Oct 28 turned up one adult Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the south end of the eucalyptus grove. There was a Canyon Towhee between the picnic area and the drover's shed, and a single American Robin in the main canyon. The Hybrid Hummingbird (Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned) showed briefly in the small hummingbird garden down the walk from the visitor center, and we found a Dark-eyed Junco. Other birds seen and heard today include Broad-billed Hummingbird, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Verdin, Hutton's Vireo, Bewick's Wren, Song Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, House Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Abert's Towhee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Common Raven, Spotted Towhee, Cactus Wren, Red-shafted Flicker, Rock Wren, Gila Woodpecker, Canyon Wren, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Marsh Wren.


From: Bob Witzeman & Maricopa Audubon Society field trip participants
Date: Saturday, Oct. 27
Red-breasted Nuthatch was the species of interest, and our group was pleased to find this bird! We also had a Loggerhead Shrike and both Say's and Black Phoebe, three Towhee species (Spotted, Canyon and Abert's) and the seaon's first record of a Dark-eyed Junco back at BTA for the winter. Completing our checklist for the day were Pied-billed Grebe, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "red-shafted" Flicker, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Vera Walters & Cathy Wise
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20
Our guided bird walk group found the Brown Thrasher just past the herb garden where it sat on a branch for some time, letting everyone get good looks. Cathy had one late-season male Summer Tanager in the eucalyptus grove. Red-tailed Hawk was another highlight (in addition to the resident Cooper's). Our only warbler was an Audubon's Yellow-rumped, and other Autumn migrants included Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, White-crowned Sparrow, and Spotted Towhee. Ayer Lake birds included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and vocal Marsh Wrens. Other birds today were Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Hybrid Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red- naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Verdin, Red-breasted Nuthatch (by ear); Rock wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous- crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Cathy also emailed this follow-up, a possible Western Wood-pewee report "PS: I thought I heard a Western Wood-pewee calling a ways down the stream bed in Queen Creek, but then a black phoebe appeared calling loudly, and I didn't hear the pewee again. May have mistaken that faraway Phoebe for a Pewee--but I know that a pewee has been recently observed."


From: Paul Wolterbeek, Diane Krpan & the BTA Sunday Bird Walk group
Date: Sunday, October 14
A late-season Common Yellowthroat working the cattails at the South edge of Ayer Lake was among the more notable species today; also at the Lake were two Green Heron (circling together), a Pied-billed Grebe, an American Coot, Marsh Wrens and two swallows which circled overhead too quickly for a positive identification. If you visit this next week check the conifer trees just below the lake: we saw two Red-breasted Nuthatch here along with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Finch and a probable Western Tanager that was too high up and too backlit by the sun to determine the species for sure. A Western Wood Pe-wee perched on a snag in Queen Creek (observed from the Picnic area) and our group had dramatic views of a Cooper's Hawk just west of the Herb Garden near the Pistachio tree loaded with ripening fruit (Warbling Vireos were feeding here, also Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker and Northern Mockingbird). Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, and the Hybrid Hummingbird (Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned) were all found in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Others on our group checklist were Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, House Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Northern Cardinal and Lesser Goldfinch. ** Other visitors reported a Belted Kingfisher at Ayer Lake.


From: Steve & Joan Hosmer
Date: Sunday, October 7
A Western Wood Pe-wee was still here Sunday along with a dozen Warbling Vireos, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 2 Spotted Towhees, and 30 White-crowned Sparrows (most numerous of all birds we counted Sunday). We also found 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 5 Turkey Vulture, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Hybrid Hummingbird (Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned); 1 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 3 Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, 1 Black Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 10 Verdin, 1 Rock wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 1 House Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 1 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, 9 Western Tanager,1 Abert's Towhee, 6 Northern Cardinal, 20 House Finch and 20 Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: Diane Krpan also reported two Zone-tailed Hawks today and Green Heron, Gambel's Quail, Say's Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch (on the Gum Bark Trail); Bewick's Wren and Black-throated Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple & Kathe Anderson
Date: Saturday, October 6
Notable species on our guided bird walk today were Western Wood Pe-wee, Cedar Waxwing, White-throated Swift, Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Cordilleran Flycatcher and the Hybrid Hummingbird (Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned). Returning Fall/Winter birds included White-crowned Sparrow and Red-naped Sapsucker. Also seen and heard were Pied-billed Grebe at Ayer Lake, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Sunday, September 30
Good day for warblers and some of the first Winter migrants; MacGillivray's, Black-throated Gray, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) and Wilson's Warbler were all found today - along with Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, White-crowned Sparrow, House Wren and Lincoln's Sparrow. Pied-billed Grebe, Common Yellowthroat and Black Phoebe were all at Ayer Lake, Turkey Vultures were still present, and Great-horned Owl along Queen Creek was my other notable sighting. Also seen and heard were Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Red-breasted Nuthatch (by ear); Rock wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. -billed Grebe and Green Heron.


From: John Ray
Date: Tuesday, September 25
Common Yellowthroat can still be found at Ayer Lake (along with Black Phoebe and Pied-billed Grebe). An immature Common Black-hawk was a highlight today, along with Cooper's Hawk. Others on my checklist were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Verdin, White-breasted Nuthatch, Rock wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Rich Ditch, Pete Moulton & Cynthia Donald
Date: Sunday, September 23
The Arboretum's own singular Hybrid Hummingbird was easily found early this morning in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, and other Hummingbirds Sunday included Broad-billed and Anna's. A Zone-tailed Hawk was seen on two separate occasions circling high above with the Turkey Vultures; Green Heron and Pied-billed Grebe were at Ayer Lake, numerous Warbling Vireos were feeding on ripening fruit in the Chinese pistachio trees -- and Western Tanager was another highlight. Our one notable migrant warbler of the morning was an Orange-crowned seen in the Demonstration Garden. birds seen and heard during our guided birdwalk were (in order) Turkey Vulture, Curve-billed Thrasher, House Wren, Bell's Vireo, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Inca Dove, Gambel's Quail, Summer Tanager, Gila Woodpecker, House Sparrow, Abert's Towhee, Western Tanager, Red-naped Sapsucker, Rock Wren, Northern Cardinal, Verdin, Zone-tailed Hawk, Black Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, gnatcatcher species, Pied-billed Grebe and Green Heron.


From: Tom Gaskill (with additional sightings by Diane Krpan)
Date: Saturday, September 22
Our "Bye Bye Buzzards" day guided walk was a quiet morning for birds at BTA Saturday, but a fun morning nonetheless. Here's the list of what I saw Saturday (in the order seen): Common Raven, Great-tailed Grackle, Curve-billed Thrasher, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Phainopepla, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Gila Woodpecker, Zone-tailed Hawk, Pied-billed Grebe, Black Phoebe, Marsh Wren (two calling across the water from each other and hidden in the cattails at Ayer Lake); House Finch, Abert's Towhee, Hermit Thrush, Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Editor's note: Arboretum annual member Diane checked the Demonstration Garden and Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden on Saturday and added these sightings: Warbling Vireo, a male Summer Tanager; Lesser Goldfinch, Cooper's Hawk (adult, probably the female). In the Butterfly Garden were Anna's Hummingbird and Broad-billed Hummingbird, and along the path to the Suspension Bridge past the Herb Garden were Bewick's Wren (by ear only), House Finches...and a beautiful Whiptail Lizard.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday, Sept. 16
In the spirit of the previous day’s BioBlitz, this morning’s bird walk became a natural history stroll. As we began, a young naturalist spotted a Zone-
tiled Hawk circling within a kettle of rising vultures. After seeing the beautiful hybrid hummingbird and listening to Bell’s Vireos singing, we enjoyed watching a myriad of colorful butterflies at a variety of plants and looked closely at some flowers. We listened to distinguish between similar calls of resident Bewick’s and newly-arrived House Wrens. We also saw lizards and mammal tracks, and we discussed how to conduct a basic ecological study.
One enthusiastic participant said she had never really looked at butterflies, flowers, or lizards so carefully. Birds noted were: Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel’s Quail, Inca Dove, Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Black Phoebe, 3 vireos (Bell’s, Cassin’s and Warbling), Verdin, 5 wrens (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick’s, and House), Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow and Wilson’s Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer and Western Tanagers, Abert’s Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15
Over a dozen scientists, some assisted by volunteers or co-workers, participated in the Arb’s first BioBlitz, a survey of as many species as possible at Ayer Lake and along a section of Queen Creek during a 24-hour period. We searched for and recorded all organisms in our particular specialties, vertebrates and some invertebrates, as well as lichens and flowering plants. The energy and enthusiasm throughout the day and night were palpable. I began owling at 5:00 a.m. and was rewarded by a Great Horned Owl’s response 20 minutes later. Kathe Anderson and Lois Lorenz also birded throughout the morning. Birding was rather slow for much of the day, especially because the wind picked up in the afternoon, depressing bird detectability. We found relatively few transients except for dozens of Western Tanagers and numerous Warbling Vireos. Of 47 kinds of birds encountered, the most common were: quail, both finches, Abert’s Towhees, Northern Cardinals, Verdins, and vireos. I ended my evening listening for owls and nightjars at 11:00 p.m. These are our findings: Turkey Vulture 125+, Cooper’s Hawk (1ad, 1 imm), Common Black-Hawk (1 ad), Zone-tailed Hawk 1, Gambel’s Quail 62, Mourning Dove 8, Inca ove 4, Great Horned Owl 1, Broad-billed Hummingbird 4, Violet-crowned x Broad-billed hybrid 1, Anna’s Hummingbird 5, Gila Woodpecker 12, Red-naped Sapsucker 2, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 6, Willow Flycatcher 3, Black Phoebe 7, Say’s Phoebe 1, Vermilion Flycatcher 1, Bell’s Vireo 18, Plumbeous Vireo , Cassin’s Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 22, Verdin 27, Bewick’s Wren 12, House Wren 6, Curve-billed Thrasher 4, Phainopepla 5, Orange-crowned Warbler 1, Yellow Warbler 7, Common Yellowthroat 9, Wilson’s Warbler 9, Yellow-breasted Chat 2, Summer Tanager 10, Western Tanager 54, Green-tailed Towhee 1, Canyon Towhee 1, Abert’s Towhee 34, Song Sparrow 8, White-crowned Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 31, Black-headed Grosbeak 8, Lazuli Bunting 2, Yellow-headed Blackbird 2, Hooded Oriole 5, Bullock’s Oriole 1, House Finch 73, Lesser Goldfinch 47. Four Vaux’s Swift and 2 Common Ravens flew over the study area. Rock, Canyon, and Cactus Wrens, and Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows were noted in adjacent arid habitat.


From: Brian L. Sullivan, eBird/AKN Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15
Editor's Note, this report was shared by Mark Stevenson; read the complete report posted at the Birdingonthenet website linked above. "This morning while birding at Boyce Thompson Arboretum I had a brief, but conclusive, view of a Dickcissel. I birded the entire place, saw and photographed a Red-naped Sapsucker (early I thought) and a Willow Flycatcher. After getting a drink and heading out toward the parking lot I heard the bird calling from a treetop right over my vehicle giving its flight call. As soon as I lifted my binoculars to look at it the bird flew over my head, gave it's low, flat, fart-like flight call, and disappeared over the visitor's center. It was not a great look, but in flight it looked typical of Dickcissel, being about the size of a Blue Grosbeak, with pale underparts. I couldn't see any black on its breast.I'm quite familiar with the bird. Growing up in the East we listen for its distinctive flight call during fall migration, as most are fly-overs at migrant traps like Cape May. Living in California now I've only seen a few, but typically I find one or two each fall. I don't know what their status in in AZ, but I suspect it's a pretty good bird. Thanks


From: Tice Supplee
Date: Friday, Sept. 14
Peregrine Falcon observed from the High Trail was our most notable specie today, along with Townsend's Solitaire and White-breasted Nuthatch. This checklist was compiled with help from participants in a workshop sponsored by Tucson Audubon, and other species seen and heard: were Phainopepla, Rock, Wren, Northern Cardinal, Canyon Wren, Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher, House Finch, Bell's Vireo, Black-throated Sparrow, Western Tanager, Gila Woodpecker, Cactus Wren, Abert's Towhee, Lesser Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Towhee sp.; Summer Tanager, Common Raven, Turkey Vulture, Great-taile Grackle, Bewick's Wren, Black Phoebe and American Coot.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, August 30
MacGillivray's Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Western Wood-pewee, Western Scrub Jay and a Pacific Slope Flycatcher were among the most notable species on the Arboretum grounds Thursday. The Jay was calling near the gazebo above Ayer Lake (near the water tank on the hill). Others seen and heard, in the order they're listed on the Arboretum checklist, include Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher (female); Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, House Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. One other highlight was the Bobcat observed at 12:10 when it bolted from beneath the "strawberry trees" east of the Herb Garden; I would probably have walked right by if the Bobcat remained still, but it allowed me within 15 feet, then bolted. Looked like a young one. My first stop today was Whitlow Dam in Queen Valley, but that was a mess from storm water runoff, so I birded the Arboretum this morning and also Queen Creek east of the Arboretum. A Northern Waterthrush was halfway up Queen Creek, where I also flushed a Great Horned Owl, and saw numerous Lazuli Buntings and Western Tanagers.


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday, August 26
Ayer Lake was the place to be this morning -- I saw a female Belted Kingfisher and also a Green Heron (the latter was perched in the tree). Rufous, Black-chinned, Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds were all seen, and one Zone-tailed Hawk was perched on the magma cliffs inside Queen Creek Canyon just as you approach the Herb Garden. Lazuli Bunting and Bullock's Oriole were highlights, too. Others on my checklist today were Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak and House Finch.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Sunday, August 19
It was a hot morning for our final summer Sunday bird walk, but we had a few surprises such as the Barn Swallow over Ayer Lake, and Rufous Hummingbirds are still present - along with Anna's and Black-chinned. Birds seen and heard (in the order they appear on the checklist) include Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk (two seen by Diane perched in a tree along Queen Creek prior to the start of the guided walk); Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Tuesday, August 14
Birds of interest today were Zone-tailed Hawk, Blue Grosbeak, and Lazuli Bunting. At the point where the trail below the Picketpost House intersects the riparian area, I saw a silent "Western" type flycatcher (Pacific-slope is probably more likely than Cordilleran right now). Also, I saw a juvenile Broad-billed Hummingbird with a dark, curved bill - I guess the orange hasn't developed on the bill yet. Phainopeplas were the most often-encountered species, followed by Bell's Vireos and Turkey Vultures. Migrants were the above-mentioned "Western" flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Rufous Hummingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeak (female), and Wilson's Warblers. Here's my complete list: Pied-billed Grebe (1 juvenile); Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, "Western" Flycatcher (1); Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak (1 female in the bed of Queen creek -- seen from the High Trail); Blue Grosbeak (1 male in the Demonstration Garden); Lazuli Bunting (male and female above Ayer Lake); Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole (1 male near Smith Building); House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton (additional sightings by Jack Bartley, also Diane Krpan)
Date: Saturday, August 4
The previously reported Hybrid Hummingbird was in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden this morning and other Hummingbirds found today were Rufous, Broad-billed, Black-chinned and Anna's. A pair of Purple Martins (male and female) stopped by Ayer Lake, where Common Yellowthroat, Pied-billed Grebe, Black Phoebe, Great-tailed Grackle and Red-winged Blackbird were also observed. Saturday we also found Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Additional species separately reported by Jack Bartley on Saturday included Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove (by ear); Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Flycatcher, Western Kingbird (by ear); Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Canyon Towhee, Summer Tanager, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak (by ear), Hooded Oriole and Bullock's Oriole. Jack also reported the call of a bunting, most likely a lazuli but possibly a painted - Jack suggests birders be on the lookout for the latter during August migration. Editor's Note: Arboretum annual member Diane Krpan emailed these additional Saturday sightings: "three Zone-tailed Hawks, all either perched or flying around the ridge across from the Herb Garden and also Western Tanager (male and female flying in the area just before you walk up the hill from the stream) above Ayer Lake... and a Warbling Vireo was by the stream."


From: Jack Bartley (additional sightings by Kurt & Cindy Radamaker and Dave Powell)
Date: Saturday, July 28
Rufous Hummingbirds are on their southbound migration and can be seen at the flowers and nectar feeders in the Demonstration Garden and also the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Look for colorful male Broad-billed Hummingbirds in both spots, too! Zone-tailed Hawk and Cooper's Hawk were found Saturday, along with Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, both Summer and Western Tanager and both Bullock's and Hooded Oriole. Also seen or heard today were Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Purple Martin, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Following their guided butterfly walk this morning tour guides Kurt & Cindy Radamaker and Dave Powell added these bird species: Common Black-Hawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting and Great-tailed Grackle (and also lizards including Collared, Greater Earless, Western Whiptail, Side-blotched, Desert Spiny, Clark's Spiny and a Black-tailed Rattlesnake.)


From: Kurt & Cindy Radamaker and Kathe Anderson
Date: Sunday, July 15
This was a fine morning for birds at the Arboretum, but our most memorable sightings probably weren't even birds! Early this morning we found a striped skunk sunbathing in the Demonstration Garden, then an hour later observed a Trantula Hawk near the Herb Garden dragging away its victim - a freshly paralyzed tarantula. Shortly after that our group saw a handsome male Collared Lizard in full color farther along the main trail -- and Kathe found a Gila Monster in the Demonstration Garden, and she saw deer as well. Notable birds this morning included a Rufous Hummingbird and also a Black-chinned at the nectar feeders in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, and the juvenile Cooper's Hawk was perched in a eucalyptus tree tearing into a freshly killed Brown-crested Flycatcher brought in by one of the parents. We all got to see a colorful male Vermilion Flycatcher flying short sorties to hawk insects from a low perch at the southwest corner of the Picnic area. Also on our today's checklist were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove (by ear); Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, and the previously reported Hybrid Hummingbird; Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: a photographer also reported observing an adult Bobcat climb up into the large cottonwood tree on the South side of Ayer Lake, and then the animal was seen again later on the opposite side of Magma Ridge, amongst the saguaro cacti along Queen Creek, just east of the herb Garden.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Saturday, July 14
I thoroughly enjoyed co-leading a "Learn Your Lizards" walk today. There were almost as many excited kids as there were Greater Earless Lizards! What enthusiastic, inquisitive, and sharp spotters they were! My birding was once again enjoyable and fruitful. Saguaro fruits continued to open and prickly pears ripen, inviting ever more species and individuals to spread their seeds. More evident than last week, migrants included: Spotted Sandpiper, still mostly in breeding plumage; Barn, Cliff, and Tree Swallows, as well as a few Violet-green and N. Rough-winged Swallows (summer-resident family groups have departed); a few Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Bullock's Orioles; and a flock of 13 Lark Sparrows that visited Ayer's waterline. Troy Corman and I watched a "Rufous-Allen" immature at feeders along with Broad-billed, the hybrid Violet-crown x Broad-bill, and Costa's. Later I saw Black-chinned and Anna's. I was surprised to see a wandering immature Pyrrhuloxia near the Curandero Trail moving toward the Chihuahuan Garden. In addition to those birds reported by Jack Bartley, I noted: Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Inca Dove, Lesser Nighthawk, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Mockingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, Canyon Towhee, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, and House Sparrow for a day's total of 64 kinds.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, July 14
Lark Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, and Barn Swallow were notable today - and also a Bobcat observed this morning on the volcanic cliffs above Ayer Lake (near the pumphouse on the hill). Species at the lake included Common Yellowthroat, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe and Black Phoebe….with Cooper's Hawk seen elsewhere. Others today were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker (by ear); Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (by ear); Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: later in the morning Carl Tomoff and Troy Corman also reported a Spotted Sandpiper and Purple Martin at Ayer Lake.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday, July 8
Hummingbirds, virtually absent in the desert now, are sparse in the Arboretum away from feeders. Broad-billed are the most widespread, ranging from Ayer Lake through the gardens and along Queen Creek to the riparian area. At the Hummingbird Garden, the hybrid Violet-crown x Broad-bill, male and female Broad-bills, a brightly plumaged Anna's, a single female Black-chinned, and a couple immature Costa's all visited during a half-hour spell in early afternoon. At other times, the feeders seemed abandoned, with little visitation. Migrants included 2 Tree Swallows and 1 Violet-green Swallow at Ayer (where a pair of Rough-winged fed young on the wing and while perched on the railing at the dam), several Bullock's Orioles, a few Black-headed Grosbeaks, and a single Lark Sparrow. Saguaro fruits are opening as the last few flowers unfurl. White-winged and Mourning Doves, Gila Woodpeckers, Brown-crested Flycatchers, Verdins, Cactus Wrens, Curve-billed Thrashers, a flock of 5 Phainopeplas, Lucy's Warblers, Hooded Orioles, and House Finches all fed at the reddish treasure. Many of these species also probed at the giant's white blossoms.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Saturday, July 7
After Friday's prolonged sprinkling (0.02") that provided a double rainbow before sunset, the desert seemed to surge with new energy this morning. Songs and calls were louder and more frequent; previously silent species resumed singing. Two Blue Grosbeaks sang back and forth in mesquites along Queen Creek south of the picnic and demonstration gardens. Western Kingbirds, Yellow Warblers, and Summer Tanagers continued feeding young and Bell's Vireo songs increased. I noted more dispersal of Lucy Warbler immatures along with louder begging calls from recently fledged cardinals and second brood Abert's Towhees. Signs of migration included 2 Barn Swallows that swooped to drink at Ayer, a male Western Tanager and at least 5 Black-headed Grosbeaks plucking pistacio fruit, 3 Lark Sparrows, a few Bullock's Orioles, and small flocks of White-winged Doves passing overhead intermittently throughout the day. The surviving young Cooper's Hawk expanded its exploring range by visiting the demo garden and picnic area more than once, always returning to its familiar home eucalyptus grove; it even went almost to the herb garden. But the real treat came as I approached Ayer from the Cactus Garden. Suddenly a large bluish bullet lifted up ahead of me and, as it gained altitude, suddenly released its prey briefly before re-grasping it in its talons and passing overhead. I watched this gorgeous Peregrine as it flew northwestward out of my sight, as if heading toward a well-known destination.


From: Karen Stucke, Charles Saffell, Millie Billotta, Tyler & Grant Loomis (Desert Rivers Audubon Society)
Date: Sunday, July 1
A handsome male Blue Grosbeak was observed near the Herb Garden (and another, later, in the Picnic Area) and we also had great views of a pair of Summer Tanagers in the eucalyptus grove at the east side near the palm trees. We found one immature Cooper's Hawk, which appears to be the only one of four siblings remaining here at the Arboretum (staff report they found evidence that predators killed two other subadults during the past week). One Zone-tailed Hawk was seen circling over Magma Ridge while about a dozen Turkey Vultures flew in a group farther West, and a Yellow-breasted Chat was quite vocal near the Herb Garden. Others on our checklist this morning were several Pied-billed Grebe (an adult and several young) at Ayer Lake, where a Purple Martin and Violet-green Swallows swooped in to drink. Great-tailed Grackles serenaded our group, too. Also: Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird (a pair near the Lake); Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow (tending a nest in the waterfall creek thicket above Ayer Lake); Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: the Hybrid Hummingbird was not included with this checklist, but bird walk participants separately reported this singular bird was observed at flowers in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden around 10:00 a.m.; also Gant and Tyler Loomis reported while driving to the Arboretum they saw a Harris' Hawk near the windmill just West of the Arboretum, near the Arizona Trail.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24
On June 23, I was stunned to see a strikingly beautiful adult male Little Blue Heron, the Arb's first record. Hutton's Vireo and Bullock's Oriole (pair feeding 3 immatures) were also found that day. In the desert surrounding the park's gardens, I found Crissal Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, and a single Black-tailed Gnatcatcher. I have been puzzled by these gnatcatchers' apparent absence throughout spring despite extensive field work. A "Western" Flycatcher (probably Pacific-slope) foraging in the shady demo garden was the only new species noted on June 24.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Thursday and Friday, June 21-22
On June 21 and 22, I observed 60 species, many with young. Chats and finches sang throughout the day, though less frequently at 108 degrees. Highlights included a Yellow-billed Cuckoo that flew from thick cover near the olive stand to the eucalyptus grove, a male Black-headed Grosbeak in fruiting pistacio trees, a female Blue Grosbeak in the demo garden, and 3 transient Yellow-headed Blackbirds (M, F, Im roosted at Ayer Lake marsh). Others included: Pied-billed Grebe (feeding crayfish and fishes to 6 moderately large young); Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk (with 3 fledglings), Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Gambel's Quail (coveys of recently hatched and older chicks), Eurasian Collared-Dove; White-winged, Mourning, and Inca Doves; Greater Roadrunner, Great Horned Owl, Lesser Nighthawk, Common Poorwill, White-throated Swift; Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Anna's, and Costa's Hummingbirds (the most common now); Gila Woodpecker (feeding fledglings), Ladder-backed Woodpeckers (with immatures), Black Phoebe (with 1 nestling), Ash-throated and Brown-crested Flycatchers, Western Kingbird (with immatures), Bell's Vireo (fledglings), Common Raven (pair accompanied by 2 immatures), Purple Martin (drinking at Ayer Lake); N. Rough-winged and Violet-green Swallows (few);Verdin (feeding nestlings and recently fledged young); Cactus, Canyon, and Bewick's Wrens (all feeding young); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird (a family group feeding on Desert Hackberry fruit), Curve-billed Thrasher (with older young), Phainopepla (family groups gorging on Desert Hackberry fruit); Lucy's and Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, and Yellow-breasted Chat (all warblers feeding young); Summer Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee (feeding recently fledged and older young); Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows (some with young); Northern Cardinal (feeding young), Great-tailed Grackle (recent fledglings), Brown-headed Cowbird (fledglings fed by Bell's Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow Warbler); Hooded Oriole (with older young); House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow (all feeding young).


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Sunday, June 17
Our group enjoyed excellent views of a male Vermilion Flycatcher early this morning right in the Picnic area parking lot, and the female was tending a nest with young nearby. All four immature Cooper's Hawks were easily seen in the nest (stand on the flat white bridge over Silver King Wash and look east directly above the bridge, look up where the Australian trees meet the sky). Zone-tailed Hawk was observed flying high over Magma Ridge, and Yellow-breasted Chat and Bell's Vireo were vocal throughout the Arboretum. Others birds seen and heard were Pied-billed Grebe at Ayer Lake, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Verdin, Bewick’s Wren, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert’s Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley (with additional sightings by Reed Peters)
Date: Saturday, June 16
Four fledglings were seen in the Cooper's Hawk nest, and a parent was observed bringing fresh prey (it appeared to be a woodpecker) to the young at around 9:00 a.m. Red-tailed Hawk was notable Saturday, also a Purple Martin seen flying over Ayer Lake along with Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow. Also at Aye Lake were Pied-billed Grebes, a Great Blue Heron, Great-tailed Grackle and Black Phoebe (these have an active nest with young in the circular shade ramada near the lake). Also seen and heard Saturday were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, White-throated Swift, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. ** Additional sightings reported later Saturday morning by Reed Peters include Anna's and Black-chinned Hummingbird at the feeders in the Hummingbird Garden, Vermilion Flycatcher, Inca Dove, and Ladder-backed Woodpecker.


From: Tyler and Grant Loomis (with additional sightings by Vera Walters)
Date: Sunday, June 3
The Cooper's Hawk has at least one chick in her nest; the parent was observed perched on the rim of the nest this morning, with a baby just barely visible as it tested its wings below her. The Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned Hybrid Hummingbird was in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden around 9:15 a.m., and Western Wood-pewee was near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden. A few other notable species included Red-tailed Hawk, Barn Swallow (swooping over Ayer Lake), three vireo species (Hutton's, Warbling and Bell's), Vermilion Flycatcher and also Costa's Hummingbird doing flight displays, and both male and female Hooded Oriole. A Pied-billed Grebe parent was sharing crayfish with her half-grown chicks on Ayer Lake, and also on our Sunday morning checklist were Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. ** Additional sightings reported by Arboretum bird walk leader and volunteer Vera Walters include a Green Heron at Ayer Lake, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird and Bronzed Cowbird.


From: Virginia Reynolds, Memphis TN (some additional sightings by Cathy Wise and Paul Wolterbeek)
Date: Monday, May 28 (with a few extra Memorial Day Weekend reports from Saturday and Sunday)
The previously reported Hybrid Hummingbird (Broad-billed x. Violet-crowned) was here this morning, unmistakable in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden when I saw him around 9:00 a.m. Pyrrhuloxia was a highlight, and also Common Yellowthroat at Ayer Lake. Lucy's Warbler was a life bird for me today! Others on my checklist include White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, European Starling, Black-throated Sparrow, Hooded Oriole and Lesser Goldfinch. ** Editor's Note: Cathy Wise from AZ Audubon was conducting research here May 26 (Saturday) and also reported a Western Wood Pewee in Queen Creek just across from the Picnic Area. Arboretum employee Paul Wolterbeek added this, too: "the Arboretum's resident pair of Cooper's Hawks have increased activity around their nest, bringing in fresh-caught prey items. Haven't spotted a nestling yet, but the mom appears to be feeding a youngster. Best views of the hawk nest are when you're standing halfway along the white bridge over Silver King Wash and facing east - look skyward directly above the bridge and into the top of the eucalyptus trees on the East bank. Also notable this weekend was a vocal male Scott's Oriole, taking advantage of perfect acoustics in Queen Creek Canyon to serenade trail walkers during the first few hours each morning; listen for his musical whistle if you visit this week. Fledgling Lucy's Warblers were pestering their parents for food below the Quincho structure North of Ayer Lake, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was gleaning insects along the stream bank just downstream from the suspension bridge, and Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk and Great Blue Heron were each observed flying through Queen Creek Canyon. Other species seen over the past few days included Turkey Vulture, Gambel’s Quail, Mourning Dove, White-throated Swift, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat (you'll hear them calling all along Quen Creek); Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow and Song Sparrow.


From: Herb Fibel, Cynthia Donald & Peter moulton
Date: Sunday, May 20
Sunday was a productive one for our birding group: at Ayer Lake was saw the Pied-billed Grebe parent with 6 babies! The Cooper’s Hawk was on her nest and we also saw a Common Black Hawk soaring over Queen Creek. Also on our Sunday checklist were Turkey Vulture, Gambel’s Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna’s Hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird (both male and female, with the male doing a courtship display); Gila Woodpecker, Western Wood Pewee, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher (male and female); Ash-throated Flycatcher (there's a nest hole in the sycamore in the picnic area, we observed the bird entering this nest hole); Bell’s Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy’s Warbler (many, in family groups); Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon’s" Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat (very visible in tree tops, singing); Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak (male and female, numerous of each); Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird (male and female); Hooded Oriole (male and female); House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Tice Supplee, Marceline Vandewater and Vera Walters
Date: Saturday, May 12 (International Migratory Bird Day)
We had more than 100 participants for the 6:30 a.m. guided bird walks at the start of the Arboretum's Migratory Bird Day event, and this checklist reflects combined reports from our three separate groups. A few of the most notable reports include a flock of 15 Cedar Waxwing, a Bronzed Cowbird, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Roadrunner, Northern Tyrranulet, Purple Martin, Scott's Oriole and three Eurasian Collared Dove. One Common Blackhawk was seen along the Apache Tears trail, and the nesting Cooper's Hawk appears to have hatchlings (to see the nest stand halfway across the white bridge over Silver King Wash, face East, and look into the eucalyptus trees on the Eastern horizon, just over the bridge). Ayer Lake had one Green Heron and two adult Pied-billed Grebes with six little chicks. Also on today's checklist were 11 Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, 19 Gambel's Quail, 9 White-winged Dove, 2 Mourning Dove, 4 Inca Dove, 3 White-throated Swift, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Costa's Hummingbird, 5 Gila Woodpecker, 4 Woodpecker, 4 Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, 3 Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Cassin's Kingbird, 2 Western Kingbird, 11 Bell's Vireo, 2 Plumbeous Vireo, Hutton's Vireo (on a nest); 2 Warbling Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 2 Violet-green Swallow, 6 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 8 Verdin, Rock Wren, 3 Canyon Wren, 5 Cactus Wren, 3 Bewick's Wren, Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, 5 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 European Starling, 8 Phainopepla, 12 Lucy's Warbler, 9 Yellow Warbler, 4 Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, 5 Common Yellowthroat, 4 Wilson's Warbler, 7 Yellow-breasted Chat, 6 Summer Tanager, 6 Western Tanager, 8 Abert's Towhee, 7 Black-throated Sparrow, 6 Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, 12 Northern Cardinal, 5 Black-headed Grosbeak, 16 Great-tailed Grackle, 5 Hooded Oriole, 7 Bullock's Oriole, 25 House Finch, 35 Lesser Goldfinch and 12 House Sparrow.


From: Bob Ohmart & Ken Haefner
Date: Monday, April 30
We saw a Common Black-hawk along Queen Creek and the Cooper's Hawk on her nest high up in a eucalyptus tree just East of the bridge over Silver King Wash. Western Wood Pe-wee was calling in Queen Creek near the suspension bridge, and we may have seen the season's first Blue Grosbeak (not certain, though, it was a fleeting glimpse). Others today include Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Monday, April 30
"Bird-of-the-day" was a Western Wood Pe-wee making short flights to hawk insects from a perch in Queen Creek near the Western crossing of the High Trail. Colorful Anna's Hummingbirds were common, and others seen on today's MCC Bird Walk were (in their BTA checklist order) Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff, Prescott College
Date: Saturday, April 28
I enjoyed a nice burst of transients today as well as our local residents between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Some warbler highlights included 15+ Black-throated Gray, 6 Townsend's, 1 Hermit, at least 15 MacGillivray's, 35-40 Wilson's, 1 Nashville, 3 Virginia's, 9 Orange-crowned, at least 75 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, with a few “Myrtles” as well. Migrant flycatchers included Hammond's, Gray, and Dusky, with one Northern Tyrannulet vocalizing in the Eucalyptus grove and along Queen Creek Canyon. Vireos included Bell's, Plumbeous, Cassin's and Warbling. Sparrows visiting Ayer Lake were 23 Chipping, 15 Lark, and 8 Brewer's. Rufous-crowned, Black-throated, Song, Lincoln's and White-crowned (dark-lored and light-lored races) were also present. The Brown Thrasher was still here this morning, found in the usual spot between the Herb Garden and the suspension bridge. Other noteworthy observations were a Killdeer at Aye Lake, a Greater Roadrunner in the Cactus Garden, a pair of Zone-tailed Hawks in the Eucalyptus grove, and an adult Golden Eagle. Completing my checklist are: Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, 1 pair of Eurasian Collared-Doves, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher (a pair nesting in the Picnic Area and a second male singing near the Legume Garden), Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, a Crissal Thrasher singing in mesquite south of the Demonstration Garden, European Starling, Phainopepla, numerous Lucy's and Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, 3 Western Tanager, 6 Green-tailed Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, 8 Black-headed Grosbeak, 20+ Lazuli Bunting, 3 Brewer's Blackbird, 29 Great-tailed Grackle, both male and female Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, 2 male Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff, Prescott College
Date: 23 April 2007
Today was a rich day for birding…a wave of transients had arrived. A spectacular surprise was an adult Broad-winged Hawk in native riparian woodland east of the gardens. A raucous Common Raven, tightly followed by a Red-tailed Hawk, pursued an adult Golden Eagle over the ridgeline along Queen Creek. A Common Black-Hawk soared low over Queen Creek. An immature and two adult Harris’s Hawks apparently roosted in the Eucalyptus grove, since they circled among vultures exiting for their warming cliffs. These once regular birds have been noted only infrequently in recent years. Other highlights included: 2 Eurasian Collared-Doves, 1 Greater Roadrunner, 1 Gilded Flicker, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher, 1 Crissal Thrasher, 2 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Hutton’s Vireo, 1 Warbling Vireo, 1 Virginia’s Warbler, 1 Nashville Warbler, 4 Townsend’s Warblers, 1 Hermit Warbler, 3 MacGillivray’s Warblers, and 2 Rufous-crowned Sparrows. I also noted most of the species seen over the weekend, except for Great Blue Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, “Western” Flycatcher, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Bullock’s Oriole, American Goldfinch, totaling 94 species for the day.


From: Carl Tomoff, Prescott College
Date: 22 April 2007
I visited the Arb late Sunday afternoon after teaching at Tucson Audubon’s Institute of Desert Ecology. The spring atmosphere was as glorious here as it had been at Catalina State Park. Desert plants were lush, still refreshed by Saturday morning’s shower. I observed some species not reported previously over the weekend: Dusky, Hammond’s, and Gray Flycatchers, 2 Brown-crested Flycatchers, a few House Wrens, a rather late Rudy-crowned Kinglet, 1 male Nashville Warbler, 2 male Black-headed Grosbeaks, 5 Lark Sparrows, 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows, and Brown-headed Cowbirds. After sunset when Red-winged and Brewer’s Blackbirds settled into the marsh, a Lesser Nighthawk glided over the lake.


From: Cathy Wise, Arizona Audubon Society
Date: Sunday, April 22
Sunday morning offered my bird walk group a fine variety of hummingbirds, we found the previously-reported Hybrid Hummingbird guarding trees between the Desert Legume Garden and the wooden ramada in the Cactus Garden, and also saw and heard Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Anna's and Costa's. We were also rewarded with sightings of a Lazuli Bunting along Queen Creek (search for this bird by walking the brand new "detour" trail just East of the suspension bridge); both male and female Hooded Orioles, Summer Tanagers and also a male Western Tanager. Black-tailed Gnarcatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Sharp-shinned Hawk, White-throated Swift, Vermilion Flycatcher and Common Yellowthroat were also noteworthy. Completing today's checklist were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe (nesting in the ramada at Ayer Lake); Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren (at Ayer Lake); American Robin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. ** I was here Saturday banding birds as part of an ongoing Arizona Audubon research project and we saw the Brown Thrasher near the suspension bridge -- frustratingly close to our mist-net! We will band birds again at the Arboretum and volunteers are welcome to join me and help. Arizona Audubon will band here again May 12, if you'd like to observe, assist or photograph the birds that morning email me at cwise@audubon.org. Banding on May 12 will be part of the Arboretum's "World Migratory Bird Day" event -- come join me!


From: Randy & Susan Forrest
Date: Sunday, April 22
We enjoyed Cathy's walk, but got caught up in a beautiful serenade by a Black-throated Sparrow up on the hill, and decided to hang back to take lots of photos. We stayed at the Arboretum until about 4:00 p.m., I think, and saw a total of 56 speciess - our first great birding day so far this year! We saw the Bullock's Oriole flying over Silver King Wash at the Western edge of the eucalyptus trees, and we did manage to spot one solitary Green-tailed Towhee scratching in the brush just south of Queen Creek, up the little hill from the new detour foot bridge -- on the right hand side of the trail. We had just a quick glimpse of a Chat back along the new detour part of the trail, too, and our complete list also included: Turkey Vultures, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Yellow-rumped Warblers (Audubon – many); numerous Lesser Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, Gambel’s Quail, Ash-throated Flycatcher, many Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Bell’s Vireo, Lucy’s Warbler, Abert’s Towhees, tons of Phainopepla, Yellow warblers, White Crowned Sparrow, Ladderbacked Woodpecker, Gila Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Pied Bill Grebe, Black Phoebe, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Cactus Wren, Verdin, Vermillion Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Sharp Shinned Hawk, Zone Tailed Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk, House Sparrow, Hybrid hummingbird, Anna’s, Broad Billed, Costas & Black Chinned hummingbirds, White throated swift, Northern Rough Winged Swallows, Cooper’s Hawk, Black Throated sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow (pair), Black throated gray warbler, Orange Crowned warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Green Tailed Towhee, Lazuli Bunting, Hermit Thrush, Curve Bill Thrasher, Bullock’s Oriole, Cassin’s Vireo (we think! In a loud, noisy tizzy in the tall firs next to the suspension bridge – might have been Plumbeous, but appeared a bit more yellowish), Inca Dove, and White Winged Dove. We also checked Oak Flat and added Crissal Thrasher and Junco to our total list for the day.


From: Marceline Vandewater (CLICK HERE to see more of Marceline's photography)
Date: Saturday, April 21
First-of-the-season Summer Tanagers are back; soon after the morning rain ended tanagers were singing and calling this morning in the Demonstration Garden and also the eucalyptus forest. Our guided bird walk group also had excellent looks at both male and female Hooded Orioles, and a handsome Bullock's Oriole in the bottlebrush tree right where the main trail crosses Silver King Wash. The pair of Cooper's Hawks were flying through the eucalyptus trees. Yellow-breasted Chats are back, too, and vocal. Also on our checklist for Saturday were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Glen Walsberg & ASU Birding Group
Date: Saturday, April 21
American Goldfinch was the most interesting species found today; Pied-billed Grebe and Spotted Sandpiper were at Ayer Lake, and Belted Kingfisher was notable, too. Others (in the order they appear on the BTA bird checklist) were: Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Scott's Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jim & Betsy Walker
Date: Tuesday, April 10
Brown Thrasher was still here today (!), seen just West of the Herb Garden. A Zone-tailed Hawk flew over while we were resting in a shady ramada below the Picket Post Mansion, and a few others worth mentioning were Vermilion Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Green-tailed Towhee and a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Others on our checklist include: Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Monday, April 9
Yellow Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird, Spotted Towhee and Black-throated Sparrow were all notable today -- three dove speciess, too: White-winged, Mourning and Inca. Also seen and heard around the gardens Monday were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren (at Ayer Lake); Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, April 8
A lone Osprey flying over Aye Lake was among our most exciting birds today, and we also had Belted Kingfisher, four different Vireos (Bell's, Cassin's, Hutton's and Warbling), and Common Yellowthroat calling at Ayer Lake, too. Others on our Sunday Birdwalk checklist today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbirds, Costa's Hummingbirds, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald
Date: Saturday, April 7
Numerous Hummingbirds today, including Broad-billed, Anna's, Costa's and the previsouly-reported Hybrid Hummingbird. Be on the lookout for a Broad-billed with unusual white plumage on the belly, we saw that unusual individual today as well. Today also had the season's first Common Yellowthroat, and White-throated Swifts were seen, too. Also seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Belted Kingfisher (flying upstream along Queen Creek); Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline & Eric Vandewater
Date: Thursday, March 29
Green-tailed Towhee was notable in the Demonstration Garden Thursday (only a few isolated reports of them this past Winter); a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over Silver King Wash near the white bridge and we saw a Hammond's Flycatcher as well. Sparrows today included Brewer's, Black-throated, Song, Lincoln's and White-crowned -- and we also got four different Warblers: Orange-crowned, Lucy's Yellow and Yellow-rumped (Audubon's). Also seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Despite a breezy Tuesday morning we had great looks at a variety of hummingbirds (Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Anna's, Costa's) and the Hybrid Hummingbird was quickly found at one of the feeders in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Numerous Lucy's Warblers were calling throughout the grounds (Yellow and Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warblers were also present), and both male and female Vermilion Flycatchers were in the Picnic area again today. Also on our checklist were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren (at Ayer Lake); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Jane Wicklund and Judy Johnson spent the morning birding and added European Starling, Brown-headed Corbird and Violet-green Swallow to this list; Tom Gatz also reported Zone-tailed Hawk and Canyon Towhee were present Tuesday.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Sunday, March 25
Sunday was a good morning for warblers and hummingbirds; for warblers we found Lucy's, Yellow, Wilson's, Black-throated Gray and the Audubon's race of Yellow-rumped. Hummingbirds we saw included Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Anna's and Costa's. Brown Thrasher was notable, Hutton's Vireo and both male and female Vermilion Flycatchers were also found. Ayer Lake had Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot; other birds today include Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Tom Gaskill and Rich Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch )
Date: Saturday, March 24
More than 40 Turkey Vultures were counted on this morning's "Welcome Back Buzzards" day guided bird walk, along with one Zone-tailed Hawk that flew from the Picnic Area past our group while we were in the Cactus Garden watching the vultures, and then up to Aye Lake around 8:00 a.m. A Cooper's Hawk was observed perched near the bridge over Silver King Wash, and other highlights included a Hooded Oriole near the Picnic Area. The previously-reported Hybrid Hummingbird was seen in the Cactus Garden, too. Also seen and heard around the gardens were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Great Blue Heron (2); Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, a young male Vermilion Flycatcher near the picnic area; Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's race); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's Note: Tom remained after the guided bird walk exploring Arboretum collections for a few hours with other visitors; he emailed this addendum: Red-naped Sapsucker, Hammonds Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Crissal Thrasher, Canyon Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Tuesday, March 20
One Common Black-Hawk and a male Hooded Oriole were notable Tuesday, also Rufous Hummingbird, a female Broad-billed gathering nest material from the Lady Banks Rose in the Herb Garden, a Dusky Flycatcher and also a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Brown Thrasher was present; also in the gardens today were 3 Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, 1 unidentified Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's and Myrtle); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Kathe Anderson and Troy Corman
Date: Saturday, March 17
Brown Thrasher was still near the Herb Garden today, the Hybrid Hummingbird was seen (also Anna's, Costa's Broad-billed and Black-chinned); and a Common Merganser was at Ayer Lake along with a Pied-billed Grebe, two Green Heron and two audible Marsh Wren. The season's first Vermilion Flycatcher was seen in the Demonstration Garden near Queen Creek, a Townsend's Solitaire was downstream an perched in the shade of shrubs on the South bank near the suspension bridge and a female Lawrence's Goldfinch was observed here, too. Other birds seen and heard on today's guided bird walks included (in their checklist order): 6 Turkey Vulture, 2 Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, 3 Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, 4 Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, 2 Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, 8 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 8 Violet-green Swallow, 10 Verdin, Canyon Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, 6 Phainopepla, 8 Lucy's Warbler, 20 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Spotted Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, 2 Brewer's Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, 15 White-crowned Sparrow, 8 Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, 18 House Finch, 25+ Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. * Editor's Note: bird walk participant Jane Wicklund later reported seeing a Painted Redstart near the suspension bridge following the guided bird walk.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: Saturday, March 17
Birds seen today (in chronological order they were seen or heard while walking the trails) include: House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Gambel’s Quail, Abert’s Towhee, Turkey Vulture, Spotted Towhee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Lawrence’s Goldfinch (across wash at south end of picnic area), Lucy’s Warbler, American Kestrel, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, Brown Thrasher (south of main trail just east of herb garden); Canyon Wren, Bewick’s Wren, flicker speciess, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Phainopepla, Bell’s Vireo (near Ayer Lake), Pied-billed Grebe, Black Phoebe, Common Merganser (female), Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Gila Woodpecker, Anna’s Hummingbird.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, March 15
Common Black-Hawk, Rufous Hummingbird, Wilson's and Orange-crowned Warbler were among the notable speciess today; also on my checklist were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, the Hybrid Hummingbird (Broad-billed Hummingbird x. Violet-crowned); Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson, Janet & Jack Porter
Date: Tuesday, March 13
A Common Merganser at Ayer Lake was the most exciting bird today; Pied-billed Grebe and Marsh Wren were also present there. A few other notable speciess were American Robin in the Demonstration Garden, Cassin's Vireo and Rufous-crowned Sparrow (our first for the year). Also on our checklist from Tuesday were Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Vera Walters & Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, March 11
Brown Thrasher was found again today, along with the season's first Yellow Warbler -- and the previously reported Sapsucker which is a probable hybrid of Red-naped x. Red-breasted. This striking bird with a mostly red head was seen working sapsucker wells near the Drover's Shed, just West of the picnic area. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was also present, along with Red-naped Sapsucker and Gila Woodpecker. Also seen and heard around the gardens and trails on our guided bird walk were Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, the hybrid hummingbird (Violet-crowned x. Broad-billed); Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren (at Ayer Lake); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (both Audubon's and Myrtle); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Monday, March 5
The Northern Saw-whet Owl reported on Sunday was found on the very same perch Monday morning -- the mesquite tree in Queen Creek Canyon, approximtely between the Herb Garden and the suspension bridge, on the North (uphill) side of the trail. A Crissal Thrasher was nearby, observed at the reeds by the suspension bridge, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was in the Demonstration Garden again today. Other notable birds were Hutton's Vireo, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk and also three Dark-eyed Juncos (Pink-sided race) seen in Silver King Wash "upstream" of the white bridge. Monday's checklist also includes Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Marsh Wren (at Ayer Lake); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Holloway, Tom Rawles and Richard Anderson
Date: Sunday, March 4
For at least six hours a Northern Saw-whet Owl perched in a mesquite tree near the main trail in Queen Creek Canyon, allowing many visitors a great view, and also giving photographers a chance to get some prized pictures. Sunday from about 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the bird perched just a few short yards North (uphill) of the main trail in a mesquite tree. We found the owl about 20 yards West of the new suspension bridge (across the trail from the "biodiversity" sign), perched about three feet above the ground and occasionally feasting on a rodent it had just caught. A Cassin's Vireo was on the South side of the main trail across from the Desert Legume Garden. Other birds seen and heard today include 1 Turkey Vulture, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 3 Gambel's Quail, 1 Sora (Ayer Lake), 2 American Coot, 1 Inca Dove, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Gray Flycatcher, 4 Black Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 7 Violet-green Swallows, 10 Verdin, 2 Canyon Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Hermit Thrush, 6 American Robin, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 20 Yellow-rumped Warblers ( "Audubon's"); 5 Spotted Towhee, 1 Canyon Towhee, 3 Abert's Towhee, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 15 White-crowned Sparrow,1 Dark-eyed Junco, 6 Northern Cardinal, 10 Red-winged Blackbird, 6 House Finch, 20 Lesser Goldfinch and 5 House Sparrow.



From: Jane Wicklund & Judy Johnson
Date: Thursday, March 1
Brown Thrasher was present today along with the hybrid hummingbird (Violet-crowned x. Broad-billed) and Pyrrhuloxia. Other highlights includes the season's first Violet-green Swallows and also the Sora at Ayer Lake (where Marsh Wren, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Red-winged Blackbird were also seen). Other birds seen and heard today were Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, and a probable Anna's x. Costa's hybrid; also Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Roger and Maggie Hinkle ( and Sun City Vistoso birders )
Dave: Thursday, March 1, 2007
The previously-reported Yellow-bellied sapsucker was near the fence line between the picnic area and the Demonstration Garden and the Brown thrasher was close to the new bridge over Queen Creek. American Coot and Red-winged Blackbirds were at Ayer Lake and other birds our group saw or heard today include Inca dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, the hybrid Violet-crowned x Broad-billed hummingbird; Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Krys Hammers and Friends of Audubon Arizona
Date: Sunday, February 25
Brown Thrasher was still here Sunday along with Winter migrants including Hermit Thrush and American Robin. The previously reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was here today, along with Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, White-throated Swift, Hutton's Vireo and Ash-throated Flycatcher. Other birds our group found around the trails and collections were (in checklist order) Pied-billed Grebe, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From:

Anderson
Date: Sunday, February 25
A Townsend's Solitaire seen about fifty feet East of the Clevenger House in the Herb Garden was a highlight this morning; also notable was a Cedar Waxwing. American Robin was also present. Birds at Ayer Lake include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Red-winged Blackbird and an audible Marsh Wren; in other gardens we found Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Alex Grant & family
Date: Sunday, February 18
Two Pied-billed Grebes were doing a "synchronized swimming" behavior at Ayer Lake Sunday afternoon and we also saw American Coot, Red-winged Blackbird and heard the Marsh Wren while we observing from the West side of the lake. A swallow also flew over, but was too quick and the afternoon too gray for a positive identification. Other birds that we saw (or heard) include Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. A Swallow also flew over Ayer Lake, but were also observed.


From: Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: Saturday, February 17
Brown Thrasher was just a few yards North of the Main trail, just past the Herb Garden this morning around 11:00 a.m., easily seen by bird walk participants. We also had unobstructed, leisurely views of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the Demonstration Garden earlier Saturday morning, between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. a.m. Other highlights of the walk include a Greater Roadrunner seen perched just South of the Picketpost Mansion, then scared off its perched by either the Cooper's Hawk that flew through Queen Creek Canyon, or possibly the Red-tailed Hawk which circled above a short time later. Ayer Lake had three Pied-billed Grebes, an American Coot, Marsh Wren, two Black Phoebes and dozens of Red-winged Blackbirds. Also seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. An unidentified empidonax species of Flycatcher and also a too-fast, too-faraway for confirmation Swallow were also observed.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, February 15
Thursday marked the season's first Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and today also a good one for sparrows. Black-chinned Sparrow and Rufous-crowned were both observed while walking the High Trail, across from the Herb Garden. Chipping, Song and White-crowned Sparrows were also present. Others today were Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman & Cindy Marple
Date: Saturday, February 11
Our group had great looks at the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the south end of the Demonstration Garden this morning around 9:30 a.m. A gray day made for slow birding most of the morning, but highlights include a Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Hutton's Vireo and Lincoln's Sparrow. Seen around the trails were were 2 Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, 3 Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, 2 Inca Dove, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 8 Verdin, 2 Canyon Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 12 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, 8 Spotted Towhee, 2 Canyon Towhee,10 Abert's Towhee, 2 Song Sparrow, 10 White-crowned Sparrow, 8 Northern Cardinal, 25 Red-winged Blackbird, 10 House Finch, 35+ Lesser Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow.


From: Tony Wacker, Euan Aitken, Don Wilshere, Jack Jones & Steve Thorpe (field naturalists, Stratford, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie)
Date: Friday, February 9
Brown Thrasher was present, and we had great views of a male Broad-billed Hummingbird shortly after our arrival in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, and also both Northern Cardinal and Pyrrhuloxia. Also seen were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson and Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, February 8
Chipping Sparrow was our most notable species between 8:30a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found again, too. Familiar Winter birds and year-round residents included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Red-winged Blackbird and Marsh Wren at Ayer Lake; also Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Tice Supplee
Date: Saturday, February 3
Today's guided bird walk gave our group of 10 people excellent looks at several notable raptors, including a Golden Eagle soaring overhead as we walked uphill above Ayer Lake, and a Black-throated Sparrow. Descending the "switchbacks" below the Picketpost House we saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a handsome male Phainopepla. A short while before that while watching birds on Ayer Lake from about 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. we saw a Northern Harrier fly low over the cattails, and also the Arboretum's resident female Cooper's Hawk was below the dam perched on a stump and feasting on a rodent she had caught. Ayer Lake was the place to be around mid-morning: we had an unusually good look at the Sora for about a half-minute as it swam towards the cattails near the circular ramada on the North side. Also three Pied-billed Grebes, one American Coot, two Black Phoebes and about a dozen Red-winged Blackbirds. In their checklist order, here's what else we saw and heard: Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: Glenn and Gloria Morgan from Eugene Oregon were also here Saturday and turned in a checklist adding Brown Thrasher, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-tailed Hawk, Costa's Hummingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, and House Sparrow to Saturday speciess. They reported the Brown Thrasher was seen near the Herb Garden.


From: Barb Winterfield
Date: Monday, January 29,2007
The Brown Thrasher was here Monday, along with Hutton's Vireo, Dark-eyed Junco and Orange-crowned Warbler. Other speciess seen and heard include 's Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Red winged Blackbird at Ayer Lake; also Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. **Editor's Note: Arboretum volunteer Carl Tomoff reported one new species seen tday in addition to his reports below from Sunday: a first-Winter female Townsend's Warbler seen foraging in the conifer trees below the dam at Ayer Lake.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: January 28, Sunday, 2007
Notable species on the Arboretum's first guided bird walk of 2007 included a male Black-throated Gray Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher, Green Heron and Marsh Wren and also 3 Pied-billed Grebes and one American Coot at Ayer Lake. Also on our Sunday checklist were Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. *Brown Thrasher was found later, after the walk had ended and a few of us were still in Queen Creek Canyon past the Herb Garden.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Friday, January 26
The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found this morning, along with Red-naped Sapsucker and Gila Woodpecker. Pyrrhuloxia and Black-throated Gray Warbler were highlights, along with all four Towhee speciess (Green-tailed, Spotted, Canyon and Abert's). Other birds around the gardens included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Red-winged Blackbird and Marsh Wren at Ayer Lake; also Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: January 23, 24 and 25, 2007
The Rufous-backed Robin was still present, seen once flying from Queen Creek across to the Picnic Ground. The previously reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Thrasher, and the hybrid hummingbird were also found. Notable speciess over the course of three days of birding the Arboretum this week (Tuesday afternoon with my class from Prescott College, and again for a few hours each morning Wednesday and Thursday) included a Sora and Green Heron at Ayer Lake, American Goldfinch, Wilson's Warbler, Gilded Flicker, Dusky Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwing, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird and a soaring pair of Golden Eagles. In checklist order, additional birds found over the three weekdays included Pied-billed Grebe, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Sora, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, a Western-type empidonax flycatcher; Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Cassin's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (both Myrtle and Audubon races); Black-throated Gray Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson and Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2007
Thursday was a good one for sparrows, we had Black-chinned, Black-throated, Song, Lincoln's and White-crowned this morning. Both Phoebe speciess were here (Black, Say's) and also Cassin's Vireo. Our checklist included . Other birds around the gardens included Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Verdin, Rock Wren, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, January 20
This morning the Rufous-backed Robin was foraging in the same netleaf hackberry it has been observed in for the past two weeks, near the entrance to the Smith Building lobby. Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird and Spotted Towhee can all be seen in this same general area; other birds today were Pied-billed Grebe, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Judy Johnson & Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2007
We enjoyed great looks at the hybrid hummingbird this morning, along with Anna's and Broad-billed Hummingbird. Today was notable for predatory birds, with both Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawk present along with Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel and a Loggerhead Shrike seen perched in a snag North of the Demonstration Garden and West of the Picnic area. It was a fine day for sparrows, too, with Black-chinned, Black-throated, Song Sparrow and White-crowned all present. Birds at Ayer Lake included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Red-winged Blackbird. Also on today's checklist were Gambel's Quail, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Cassin's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Paul Lehman & WINGS Birding Group
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Our group promptly found the Rufous-backed Robin early this morning around 8:30 a.m. as it flew into the Netleaf Hackberry tree in front of the Smith Building (West of the door) to forage. The Brown Thrasher was near the Herb Garden and another notable was an American Goldfinch, found with a group of Lesser Goldfinches. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen near trail marker #43 between the palm grove and the Herb Garden, and we also found both Cassin's and Hutton's Vireo in this area. The hybrid hummingbird continues to guard the nectar feeder in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, which is also a good spot for Northern Mockingbird and Spotted Towhee. More birds (in the order listed on the checklist ) include Sharp-shinned Hawk, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (both Audubon's and Myrtle were present); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle and House Finch.


From: Dan & Thomas King (San Diego)
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2007
Excellent views of a new life-bird, the Rufous-backed Robin, this morning in the hackberry tree near the Smith Building entry and also in the area of the Children's Garden nearby, where it perched in a juniper before flying back to the hackberry, then toward the Hummingbird Garden. The Brown Thrasher and hybrid hummingbird were highlights of our visit today, too, along with a Pyrrhuloxia and a Greater Roadrunner. Other birds (in checklist order) were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal and Red-winged Blackbird.


From: Scott Burge (and Maricopa Audubon Society field trip participants)
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2007
The Rufous-backed Robin was observed near the netleaf hackberry tree in front of the Smith Building; the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and the Brown Thrasher were both found in the vicinity of the Clevenger House and the Herb Garden. Our group also had fine looks at the hybrid hummingbird in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, where it guards the nectar feeder nearest the bench and beneath a Texas persimmon tree. A Sora was heard at Ayer Lake, while three Pied-billed Grebe and one Cinnamon Teal were on the water, along with an American Coot. 30+ Red-winged Blackbirds were in the reeds along the edge. We also saw or heard 10 Gambel's Quail, 3 Mourning Dove,3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, 4 Verdin, Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, numerous Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Western Bluebird, 10+ Hermit Thrush, numerous Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 20+ Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, 5 Spotted Towhee, 20 Abert's Towhee, 10 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 10 Lincoln's Sparrow, 30 White-crowned Sparrow and 5 Northern Cardinal.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Fri, 12 Jan , 2007
Today my dad and I saw the hybrid hummingbird in the hummingbird/butterfly garden. It was hanging out in the bushes below the Texas persimmon with the hummingbird feeder. This is the first time that we have seen the bird, it was chattering quite a bit and sitting out in the open and posing for my dad's
camera. We missed out on the robin, but saw the Brown Thrasher (near Clevenger House) and immature Summer Tanager (parking lot and main trail). I did hear what sounded like a robin over where we had seen the robin previously. Overall, there were still lots of birds around despite the cold weather, the temperatures dropping significantly in the four hours we were there (8:00 am - 11:55 am). Others on our checklist were: 2 Pied-billed Grebes, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 3 Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Western Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Summer Tanager (1 juvenile); Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House .


From: Gordon Schultze, Jody Schleicher and Charles Pierce (New Jersey Audubon)
Date: Monday, January 8, 2007
The Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden was the place to be this morning, we found the Rufous-backed Robin when it darted past the carved stone sunflower statue, and also saw the Black-throated Gray Warbler in this same garden. Winds were gusty and we birded until about 11:00 a.m. -- and finding Pied-billed Grebe, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. **Arboretum volunteer Jean Beales and annual member Jane Wicklund checked in at 1:30 p.m. and added these speciess which were also seen and heard Monday: Gambel's Quail, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gilded Flicker, Black Phoebe, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Red-winged Blackbird and House Sparrow.


From: Grant and Tyler Loomis
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2007
We had our first good look at the Rufous-backed Robin today at about 10:00 a.m. when it briefly perched high in a mesquite tree overlooking the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Our other most notable find was the previously reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The Brown Thrasher was found farther up Queen Creek Canyon, and on the way there we found a Black-throated Gray Warbler high up in the Australian trees in the Eucalyptus grove, where the Summer Tanager continued to sing this morning, too. Our checklist for the day included: Pied-billed Grebe, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Craig Fischer (and Christmas Bird Count volunteers)
Date: Thursday, January 4, 2007
Seven excellent birders (Anne Peyton, Mike Evans, Aaron Evans, Dale Thayer, Kathe Anderson and Lois Lorenz) contributed to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum section of the annual Christmas Bird Count in Superior on January 4. The group found 65 speciess Thursday and added new birds to the count circle tally including Rufous-backed Robin, Prairie Falcon, Cedar Waxwing, Summer Tanager and Black-chinned Sparrow. The Black-chinned Sparrow was on the West side of the High Trail; a Roadrunner was found along the back trail from Demo gardens to the residential area where volunteer park hosts live. Our checklist includes: Gambel's quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Sora, American Coot, Eurasian-collared Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Cordilleran Flycatcher,Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren (all 7 wrens!); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Rufous-backed Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Bendire's Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Summer Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Canyon towhee, Abert's towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Pyhrruloxia, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Eric & Elaine Hough
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2006
One Rufous-backed Robin was observed in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, and the other most noteworthy speciess today was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the Fremont Cottonwood near the Demonstration Garden. Ayer Lake had two Pied-billed Grebes and an American Coot; also seen were Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 5 Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. A lone Western Bluebird perched on an ocotillo along the High Trail was notable today, an American Kestrel was observed and the Brown Thrasher was seen at several different spots and times South of the Main Trail from the Herb Garden up towards the suspension bridge. Northern Mockingbird,Lincoln's Sparrow


From: Jack Holloway
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2006
Black-throated Gray Warbler was seen in the Demonstration Garden, the Rufous-backed Robin was observed and a flock of 9 Western Bluebirds, too. Also seen (in their checklist order) were 2 Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 3 Black Phoebe, 6 Verdin, Rock Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, 7 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 5 Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped "Audubon" Warbler, 5 Spotted Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, 6 Song Sparrow, 15 White-crowned Sparrow, 7 Northern Cardinal, 3 Red-winged Blackbird, 6 House Finch, 10 Lesser Goldfinch and 4 House Sparrow.


From: Tom & Kristen Hildebrandt
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2006
A young male Summer Tanager calling from a pine tree in the Australian Walkabout collection just West of the white bridge over Silver King Wash late this afternoon was notable, as well as Crissal Thrasher. Raptors included American Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk; other birds were Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, a Flicker species; Black Phoebe, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: D & C Williamson (Conejo Valley Audubon Society)
Date: Friday, December 22, 2006
Western Scrub Jay was among Wintering birds at the Arboretum today, other migrants included Hermit Thrush, Spotted Towhee and White-crowned Sparrow. Pied-billed Grebe was at Ayer Lake and others on our checklist include Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Cactus Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped "Audubon" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2006
A lone Western Bluebird perched on an ocotillo along the High Trail was notable today, an American Kestrel was observed and the Brown Thrasher was seen at several different spots and times South of the Main Trail from the Herb Garden up towards the suspension bridge. Ayer Lake has both the Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot; other typical December birds included Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe (by ear); Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler (by ear); Yellow-rumped "Audubon" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Friday, December 16
Today I visited between 8:45am and ~2:30pm. Once again, I missed the hybrid hummer. I'll try again sometime in the next few weeks. Here are the bird speciess that I did see: Pied-billed Grebe (2), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1) Gambel's Quail, American Coot (1), Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird (1, possibly 2), Anna's Hummingbird (5; a few in display mode), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker (3), Black Phoebe (1), Hutton's Vireo (1), Common Raven (1), Verdin, Rock Wren (1), Canyon Wren (2), Cactus Wren (2), Bewick's Wren (8), House Wren (1), Marsh Wren (2), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (25+), Hermit Thrush (15+; a few going after netleaf hackberries in hummingbird/butterfly garden), Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher (2), Phainopepla (1), Orange-crowned Warbler (1), Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler (5), Spotted Towhee (25+), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow (2; near bridge in Queen Creek Riparian Area), Lincoln's Sparrow (1; with flock of White-crowned Sparrows between eucalyptus and cactus gardens), White-crowned Sparrow, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (audible, calling from the High Trail); Dark-eyed Junco ("Oregon"), Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird (16), House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch (3), House Sparrow, Strangely, there were no birds going after the clumps of red berries in the trees near the Clevenger House. The birds present in the area were all kicking around in the leaf litter beneath the shrubs (mainly towhees, cardinals, and white-crowned sparrows). Also of interest was a striped skunk between the hummingbird garden and the walkabout trail ramada stucture around 9:00am. I notified one of the BTA staff people that was nearby and they tried to get it moving along. I'm not sure if there was anything wrong with the skunk or not. Other animals were just rock squirrels, ground squirrels, and chipmunks. It was a great day to take a stroll. There were a couple of moments where all you could hear was the leaves falling (with the exception of the echo of US 60 traffic reverberating off the cliffs :) ).


From: Steve and Joan Hosmer
Date: Saturday, December 9
Great views of the Brown Thrasher (even got some digital photographs!) out in the open this morning while the bird was digging in the leaf litter beneath the colorful pistachio tree that's on your right-hand side just as you walk from the main trail onto the new suspension bridge that crosses over to the High Trail. A Plumbeous Vireo was seen in the Walkabout Loop area, Orange-crowned Warbler was present, we had excellent views of the hybrid hummingbird feeding on the aloe plant flowering in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. We also saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Birds at Ayer Lake included Pied-billed Grebe and Red-winged Blackbird; others on today's checklist include 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, many Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 3 Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, 2 Black Phoebe, Common Raven, 4 Verdin, Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, many Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 6 Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, many Yellow-rumped Warblers, Spotted Towhees and Abert's Towhees; 6 Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, many White-crowned Sparrow, 2 Dark-eyed Junco, 6Northern Cardinal and 2 Lesser Goldfinch. Also, after birding at Boyce Thompson we drove up to the Oak Flat campground seven miles East of the Arboretum (and higher in elevation) and saw a Lewis's Woodpecker in the tall oaks at the center of the campground, also 2 Fox Sparrows (Slate-colored race), feeding like Towhees in the leaf litter in the very same area. Juniper Titmouse, Chipping Sparrowand Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon, Pink-sided, and Gray-headed races) were also notable and added to the day's checklist. Others we saw at Oak Flat included a Cooper's Hawk, Common Raven, and a Verdin; 2 each of Northern Flicker, Northern Cardinal and House Finch; 12 Gambel's Quail, andnumerous Western Scrub-Jay, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee
and White-crowned Sparrow.


From: Tom Fiore & Brenda Inskeep (N.Y. City & Peoria, AZ)
Date: Wednesday, December 6
We didn't see the hybrid hummingbird but were delighted by all the other birds we did see! An adult Black-throated Gray Warbler was near the visitor center and seen shortly after we arrived, with the Brown Thrasher near the herb garden. Others seen and heard today include Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Say's Phoebe, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped/Audubon's Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Summer Tanager (young male), Western Tanager (male), Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow,White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, (Slate-colored & Oregon forms), Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch and House Finch. In addition we saw about 20 speciess of butterflies (identified), and there were likely more than that in the arboretum.


From: Brian Ison
Date: Sunday, December 4
Despite high winds most of the morning Sunday was a worthwhile trip for Wintering birds. Notables include a Brewer's Sparrow near the trail above Aye Lake, Western Bluebirds up on the High Trail, and three speciess of Vireo (Plumbeous, Cassin's and Hutton's). A female Lawrence's Goldfinch was seen in the Queen Creek riparian area, the thick part between the washed-out bridge and the Easternmost end of the trail. Others birds seen and heard include a too-quick-for-certainty accipiter species (either Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-shinned); Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: an Arboretum staff member added these speciess seen at Ayer Lake around 4:45 p.m.: Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe (two of them together at the East edge of the lake) and American Coot.


From: Jay Bishop (The Outdoor School, Santa Barbara, California)
Date: Monday, November 27
If you visit this week spend some time at the tall netleaf hackberry tree that's about eight feet West of the main trail just as you enter the Hummingbird-butterfly garden. Monday morning we saw a possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. There was no red patch on the nape and this bird also lacked any red above the black mustache stripe. Sapsucker hybridization is always possible, but there was no white on its throat and this bird's head stripe appeared to widen (the supercilium), and it seemed to have many of the key markings for a Yellow-bellied. We also saw the previously reported hybrid Violet-crowned x. Broad-billed Hummingbird nearby, aggressively defending his flower beds from Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds in this garden. Spotted Towhee and Northern Mockingbird, were present too. Costa's Hummingbird was here today and also Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and Northern Cardinal. Editor's note: Bill & Betty Zink were here later into the morning and added the following speciess to Jay's list: Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thasher, Phainopepla, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, November 23
A Summer Tanager was still here on Thanksgiving day, Black-chinned Sparrow was found, Pyrrhuloxia was confirmed by ear and the Sora was seen at Ayer Lake, along with a Green Heron. Brown Thrasher was seen, and the more familiar November birds included Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker (by ear), Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon" Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Additional speciess seen at the railroad park near downtown Superior include American Robin, Inca Dove and Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker.


From: Cynthia Donald, Pete Moulton and Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, November 18
Brown Thrasher was a highlight for our bird walk group this morning, we had great looks at this rare Fall/Winter migrant foraging in the leaf litter beneath the thick myrtle hedge which runs parallel to the main trail just East of the Herb Garden, and to the left of the colorful grove of pistachio trees. Lawrence's Goldfinches are still present and today was good for sparrows (Black-throated, Brewer's, Song and White-crowned) and also wrens (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's, House and also Marsh Wren audible up at Ayer Lake). Other notable speciess were Black-throated Gray Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a late season Black-headed Grosbeak. One Pied-billed Grebe and Red-winged Blackbirds were on Ayer Lake, and the Sora was heard there as well. Other speciess include Sharp-shinned Hawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird and also the hybrid hummingbird that has been previously reported. Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, (Audubon's) Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Great-taile Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. We saw a Black-necked Garter Snake as well (Thamnophis cyrtopsis).


From: Bruce and Rosemary Ray
Date: Monday, November 13
Two speciess of Junco (Oregon and also Pink-sided), White-breasted Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush and many Northern "Red-shafted" Flickers were seen today; Winter birds have returned to the Arboretum. Providing seasonal contrast, a female Summer Tanager was present as well. Also seen and heard ( in their checklist order) were Pied-billed Grebe, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird and the spectacular hybrid hummingbird previously reported (he was feeding on the Turk's cap flowers and clutching sideways on aloe stalks to feed on their coral-colored flowers). Also Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Cassin's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Troy Corman and Cathy Wise
Date: Sunday, November 12
The Sora was at Ayer Lake this morning, along with Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, and Black Phoebe. The area of the Palm grove was productive today, with a Sharp-shinned Hawk that flew over, a late-season Summer Tanager and Cassin's Vireo both foraging high up in trees on the south side of the trail. Today's checklist also includes 15 Gambel's Quail, 1 Inca Dove, 1 White-throated Swift, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Anna's Hummingbird; 1 1 hybrid Violet-crowned x. Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 3 Red-naped Sapsucker, 10 Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, 3 Black Phoebe, 2 Plumbeous Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 6 Verdin, 2 Rock Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren, 4 House Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 30 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 6 Hermit Thrush, 1 American Robin, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 10 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 3 Spotted Towhee, 10 Abert's Towhee, 2 Song Sparrow, 40 White-crowned Sparrow, 6 Northern Cardinal, 4 Red-winged Blackbird, 8 House Finch, 15 Lesser Goldfinch and 4 Lawrence's Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, November 9
This report includes sightings from the Arboretum and also Oak Flats (see below). Today was good for woodpeckers at the Arboretum: both Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers were present, also Red-naped Sapsucker and three different Flicker speciess, Northern "Yellow-shafted," Northern "Red-shafted" and also Gilded Flicker. Both Pyrrhuloxia and Northern Cardinal were present, and Lawrence's Goldfinches were found, too. Birds at Ayer Lake birds included Green Heron and Black Pheobe. Also seen and heard today were: Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbird; Plumbeous Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Black-throated Gray Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throatd Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and House Finch. Many of these speciess were also found at Oak Flats today, but some additional Winter birds found at this higher elevation camping area 10 minutes East of the Arboretum included Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Scrub Jay, American Robin, Crissal Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping Sparrow and at least 10 Western Bluebirds. The Railroad Park in downtown Superior can be a good spot to check; today both Northern Mockingbird and Phainopepla were found.


From: Kathe Anderson and Kurt Radamaker
Date: Saturday, November 4
Black-throated Green Warbler, a wayward Eastern migrant and a particularly exciting new record for the Arboretum, was "bird-of-the-day" this morning for our guided walk. It was observed foraging about 10-12 feet up in a tree behind trail marker #40, on the south side of the main trail near the pyracantha bush loaded with berries as you approach the Herb Garden. This bird was seen by most in our group, and photographed by Randy Forrest - CLICK HERE to see Images posted on the Arizona Field Ornithologists website. A late-season Western Tanager was feeding on ripe pistachio fruits in the grove of trees across from the Herb Garden (also about a dozen Northern "Red-shafted" Flickers and a Plumbeous Vireo). Two Black-throated Gray Warblers were seen, and Lawrence’s Goldfinches were also here -- observed foraging in Queen Creek near the Picnic Area. Green Heron and Sora were observed at Ayer Lake. Additional speciess today were Gambel's Quail (by ear), Cooper's Hawk, 6 Mourning Dove, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpecker, 6 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 2 Say's Phoebe, 2 Plumbeous Vireo, 3 Cassin's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 6 Verdin, 1 Rock Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, 4 House Wren, Marsh Wren, 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Northern Mockingbird, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Hermit Thrush, 1 American Robin, Phainopepla, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (calling and near the olive trees), Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 20 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, 2 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 3 Spotted Towhee, 3 Canyon Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 20 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Northern Cardinal, 20 Red-winged Blackbird (flying over); 2 Great-tailed Grackle, 10 House Finch, 6 Lesser Goldfinch and 15 House Sparrow.


From: June Backus & Sig Stangland
Date: Wednesday, November 1
The Brown Thrasher was observed near the new suspension bridge over Queen Creek; we also saw two male Lawrence’s Goldfinches and a female Williamson's Sapsucker.


From: Marceline Vandewater and Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch )
Date: Sunday, October 22
We found six Lawrence’s Goldfinches towards the East end of Queen Creek past the suspension bridge where the path is narrow built up against the cliff wall. A single Townsend’s Solitaire gave our group excellent views while perched for at least five minutes in a snag in Queen Creek across from the picnic ground. Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron and Sora were observed at Ayer Lake. Also on our checklist today were Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Hybrid Violet-crowned X Broad-billed Hummingbird, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Wood-pewee, Common Raven, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, Phainopepla, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Western Tanager, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Tracy McCarthey & Troy Corman
Date: Saturday, October 21
A Barn Owl was seen several times around the picnic area around 9:00 after the start of our group bird walk, and the hybrid Violet-crowned x. Broad-billed Hummingbird was seen throughout the day in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Two male Lawrences Goldfinches were feeding on desert broom blooming in Queen Creek across from the Picnic area. Ripening pistachio trees are still good for Western Tanagers (we saw four during the morning) and also a place to look for Cassin's Vireo. Four wren speciess (Canyon, Rock, Bewicks, House) were all seen near the new suspension bridge over Queen Creek, and a Black-chinned Sparrow was there as well. It was a good day for raptors, too, with Red-tailed and Cooper's Hawk both seen early. Additional birds today were Gambel’s Quail, Inca Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 10 Anna’s Hummingbird, 8 Gila Woodpecker, 4 Red-naped Sapsucker, 25 Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, 2 Gilded Flicker, 4 Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, 4 Cassin's Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 10 Verdin, 15 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Hermit Thrush, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, 4 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 4 Western Tanager, 3 Spotted Towhee, 10 Abert’s Towhee, 3 Song Sparrow, 15 White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon); 6 Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, 15 House Finch, 25 Lesser Goldfinch and 3 House Sparrow. ** Editor's note: Kathe Anderson was leading a separate group this morning and reported excellent views of the Sora at Aye Lake, where they also spotted Green Heron and Pied-billed Grebe and Marsh Wren (by ear).


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch )
Date: Sunday, October 8
A Winter Wren was seen just after 8:00 on the south edge of the Demonstration Garden prior to the bird walk, but could not be relocated with the group . Another notable species was the hybrid Violet-crowned x Broad-billed Hummingbird seen today, this bird was reported by Troy Corman at the September "Bye Bye Buzzards" sendoff. Today we found it hanging out by the feeder on the south side of the hummingbird/butterfly garden just down from the visitor center. Other birds seen and heard on our walk include Turkey Vulture, Gambel’s Quail, Sora, Inca Dove, Vaux’s Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Verdin, Rock Wren, Bewick’s Wren, House Wren, Winter Wren, an undetermined gnatcatcher species; Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Cassin’s Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple & Vera Walters
Date: Saturday, October 7
Ayer Lake birds included a Green Heron, Marsh Wren, and Black Pheobe; the other highlight was a Swainson's Hawk. The Golden Eagle released by wildlife rehabbers on Sept. 16 was still present, and Turkey Vultures have not yet departed for the season. Additional wren speciess included Rock, Canyon, Bewick's and House; Warbling Vireos and also both Summer and Western Tanagers also continue to feed on pistachio fruits in trees all around the gardens. We also found American Kestrel, Gambel's Quail, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Common Raven, Verdin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Kathe Anderson, Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, September 24
A female Lazuli Bunting was seen in the hackberry and mesquite thicket below the steep section of trail nearest the Picketpost Mansion and at the far East side of the Arboretum; another highlight today was a Black-throated Gray Warbler up in a cottonwood tree on the West side of the Picnic Area, right above the wooden fence. A female Belted Kingfisher was at Ayer Lake early this morning, and notable warbler speciess today include Virginia's, Nashville, Orange-crowned, Wilson's and Yellow-rumped (Audubon's). Wrens are particularly vocal and active this week: Rock and Marsh Wren were both confirmed by ear, and House, Canyon and Bewick's Wren were found in different gardens throughout the park. If you visit next week look for Warbling Vireos and Western Tanagers feeding up in the ripening pistachio clusters in the trees at the picnic area, up above Ayer Lake and also near the Herb Garden (look for red and green clumps of berries). Also on today's checklist are Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker (by ear); Red-naped Sapsucker (first of the Fall/Winter season); Western Wood Pe-wee, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Summer Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Saturday, September 23
There were many birds along the Queen Creek riparian area near the hairpin turn in the trail. and more than 200 White-throated Swifts flying over the north-northeastern section of the park, primarily over Ayer Lake. There was also a female Belted Kingfisher, a female Common Yellowthroat, and a Marsh Wren at the lake. Nashville Warblers, Western Tanagers, Bewick's Wrens, Bell's Vireos and Warbling Vireos were abundant. We saw six speciess of wrens today (4 Rock Wren, the Marsh Wren at Ayer Lake and also Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's and House). Other birds seen today were 9 Turkey Vultures, a Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 female Broad-tailed Hummingbird,
Gila Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, 3 Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay (by ear); Verdin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, 10+ Nashville Warbler, Virginia's Warbler, 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, 3 Yellow-breasted Chat,
Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, 1 Green-tailed Towhee in the Hummingbird Garden, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Joe Durnell & Keith Mellon
Date: Sunday, September 17
A Sora along the South bank (opposite the dock/ramada) and also Marsh Wren of Ayer Lake were highlights today, along with Virginia's Warbler, Bullock's Oriole, Western Wood Pe-wee and Bushtit. Additional speciess on the checklist includ Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-chinned Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman, Cathy Wise, Cindy Marple, Rich Ditch & Tom Gaskill (compiled from our "Bye Bye Buzzards" day bird walks)
Date: Saturday, September 16
A juvenile Violet-crowned Hummingbird was arguably the most exciting species observed today; Troy spotted this bird around 9:00 a.m. when it flew past the group of 85 people who gathered for the "Bye Bye Buzzards" event. The bird was observed across from the Desert Legume Garden; Violet-crowned Hummingbird is not a species listed on the Arboretum checklist, and is a particularly notable Fall migrant.. possibly the same bird that Jack Holloway photographed at a feeder in the Hummingbird Garden previously (that one was described as a probable Broad-billed and Violet-crowned hybrid). Warbling Vireos were feasting in upper branches of the Chinese Pistachio trees today, and these are also reliable trees to find Western and Summer Tanagers -- look for these Summer birds before they depart for the season (both were present today). Also seen and heard around the trails were at least 25 Turkey Vulture, 2 Zone-tailed Hawk, 6 Gambel's Quail, 3 Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 8 Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Gilded Flicker, 3 Western Wood Pe-wee, 2 Willow Flycatcher, 3 Flycatchers (either Pacific Slope or Cordilleran); 2 Black Phoebe, Cassin's Kingbird, 10 Bell's Vireo, 25+ Warbling Vireo, 5 Violet-green Swallow, 10 Verdin, 2 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 8 Bewick's Wren, 3 House Wren, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, 2 Nashville Warbler, 3 Yellow Warbler, 3 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 2 Wilson's Warbler, 2 Yellow-breasted Chat, 3 Summer Tanager, 25+ Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, 3 Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, 5 Northern Cardinal, 4 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 Lazuli Bunting, 15 House Finch, and 30+ Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Bruce & Rosemary Ray
Date: Tuesday, September 12
A Belted Kingfisher was at Ayer Lake today and warblers included Orange-crowned, Lucy's and Wilson's, with Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Summer Tanager and Yellow-breasted Chat all still singing around the trails. Other birds on our checklist include Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Black Phoebe, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marjorie Eckman
Date: Tuesday, September 4
I began at 8:20 a.m. on a lovely overcast cool morning, but too warm in the afternoon meant quitting early; speciess today included Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Cordilleran/Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Nashville Warbler (male); Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanagers (male and female); Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak (two females), House finch and Lesser Goldfinch. Also, I birded Oak Flats once on Thursday, September 7, for about one hour and saw: Turkey Vultures, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Doves, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Bridled Titmouse, two Crissal Thrashers chasing each other in the trees, a female MacGillivray's Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, two Canyon Towhees, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Savannah Sparrow in tall Sunflower field near entrance road, and Lesser Goldfinches.


From: Grant & Tyler Loomis
Date: Sunday, August 27
Several Nashville Warblers in good color were seen in the hackberry thicket near the hairpin turn at the Easternmost part of the main trail as it begins to climb uphill towards Picketpost Mansion. Summer and Wester Tanagers were seen today, and also Lark, Black-throated and Song Sparrows. A Blue Heron perched along the magma cliffs near perched Turkey Vultures was also a highlight, and four speciess of Hummingbird (Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Anna's and Costa's). Black-headed Grosbeak and Lazuli Bunting were also notable. Other birds on our checklist include Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladderbacked Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren (by ear); Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren (by ear), Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Hooded Oriole, Cardinal, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Monday, August 21
Today I birded at the BTA from 6:00am-10:00am. The gnats were especially prevalent today. Every time I lifted my binoculars up one would fly in my ear. Where are the gnatcatchers when you need them?! The most productive birding spot was a large tree with berries (the speciess sign was not present on the tree) along the main trail between the palm grove and the olive grove. At one point there were three Black-headed Grosbeaks, two Summer Tanagers, one female Western Tanager, one female Bullock's Oriole, Bell's Vireos, Phainopeplas, two Nashville Warblers, and Abert's Towhees in this tree at the same time! The most encountered bird speciess were Lesser Goldfinches, Bell's Vireos, Bewick's Wrens, Verdins, Phainopeplas, Canyon Wrens, Summer Tanagers, and Abert's Towhees. Here is the full list of birds that I encountered: Cooper's Hawk, Great Blue Heron (one at Ayers Lake); 13 Turkey Vultures, Zone-tailed Hawk (one was soaring above the High Trail around 9:00am); Gambel's Quail, Rock Dove White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, 2 Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker (a male was in a small tree across from where the main trail forks in the olive grove), Gilded Flicker; an unidentified flycatcher in the vicinity of the Clevenger House, Gray Flycatcher (one was flying amongst the bushes above the High Trail), 2 Black Phoebe, Brown-creasted Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Rave, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Nashville Warbler (two were in the tree with berries along the main trail between the palms and the olive trees); 6 Lucy's Warbler, 7 Yellow Warbler in the Demonstration Garden, eucalyptus grove; 12 Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat (one in Hummingbird Garden; was easily seen); Summer Tanager, Western Tanager (one female); Abert's Towhee (everywhere!); 3 Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, 3 Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock's Oriole (one female in the tree mentioned above); House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch (everywhere!); and House Sparrow. There were also plenty of rock squirrels, chipmunks & ground squirrels around too.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Wednesday, August 16
I birded the BTA this morning between 6am-10am. Most of the birds seemed to be concentrated in the large trees near the Smith building, the eucalyptus grove, the hummingbird feeder garden, and the demonstration garden. There were no birds of any kind present when I stopped at Ayer Lake. Perhaps bad timing? Anyways, here are the birds I encountered: 15 Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk (I saw it flying near the turnoff to Queen Valley on the 60); 11 Gambel's Quail, Rock Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 male); Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 male, 1 female); 8 Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird (2 females, 1 male). Also a possible Anna's X Costa's hybrid; its gorget stretched down like a Costa's and had the color of a Costa's, but it appeared to have color on top of its head like an Anna's; it was near the palm trees between the main trail and the eucalyptus grove; Broad-tailed Hummingbird (1 female); Rufous Hummingbird (1 female--it kept chasing the other hummers away from both feeders); Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo (everywhere!), Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren (there was one on the low concrete wall near the entrance, along with the others singing above the creek); Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren (everywhere!); Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla (everywhere!); Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler (3 near the Smith building); Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler (demonstration garden); Wilson's Warbler (everywhere!); Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Canyon Towhee (2 on the trail above Ayer Lake, before the mansion); Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting (2 females), House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch (everywhere!) and House Sparrow.


From: Bruce & Rosemary Ray
Date: Tuesday, August 15
A Rufous Hummingbird near the visitor center and at the two feeders in the hummingbird garden a short way down the path was our most notable bird today. Other speciess (in checklist order) include: Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Randy Forrest & Susan Lynn Forrest
Date: Sunday, August 6
Birding from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. we had a good view of one Cooper's Hawk sitting in the trees between the Eucalyptus grove and the Herb Garden. Zone-tailed Hawk circled overhead most of morning, many (many!) Lesser Goldfinch, Verdin and Abert's Towhees were found throughout the park. Northern Cardinal, Phainopepla and Bell's Vireo were also prevalent, which made for a nice song-filled morning. Other birds (in order seen from entrance-lake-creek-eucalyptus groves): White-winged Dove, Turkey Vultures (flock of 12 hanging out on the rock cliffs), Cactus Wren, Canyon Towhee, Curve-billed Thrasher, Gilded Flicker, Bank Swallows, Black Phoebe at Ayer Lake (and also creekside); a pair of Black-throated Sparrows, House Finch, Gila Woodpecker, Canyon Wren, Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Bewick's Wren (on the tree near Outback house). At the demonstration garden we had Broad-tailed Hummingbird, another hummer (maybe Anna's?), juvenile cardinals, Yellow Warbler, TONS of goldfinches, female Black-headed Grosbeak, Hooded Oriole. We also saw a Western Kingbird as we were leaving, it was high over the hummingbird garden.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Saturday, July 29
Gray skies and Friday night rain gave us a cooler morning (in the high 70s until about ten o'clock!) and we had fine looks at a Lucy's Warbler pair right behind the Visitor Center building and then a colorful male Western Tanager perched above Ayer Lake, with a young male Broad-billed Hummingbird just below the lake. A Purple Martin swooped over Ayer Lake, and one Zone-tailed Hawk was flying near several Turkey Vultures in Queen Creek Canyon. More birds that we saw and heard today include White-winged Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler (Picnic Area); Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager (Demonstration Garden), Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Bruce & John Ray
Date: Sunday, July 23
The Brown Pelican was flying, feeding and floating around Ayer Lake this morning; other birds there include Black Phoebe, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and Pied-billed Grebe. Other particularly notable sightings included a daytime (10-11 a.m.) Great Horned Owl which was being scolded by a Cooper's Hawk while both perched at the center of the Picnic Area. Two Zone-tailed Hawks were observed along Queen Creek. More speciess (in the order they are listed on the Arboretum checklist) include: Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler (two near the Drover's Shed); Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager (Rose Garden), Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's Note: photographer Philip Lowe was here this morning and photographed the Pelican; to this list above Philip added Blue Grosbeak and also Rufous Hummingbird - both seen in the Demonstration Garden - also European Starling, and Brown Crested Flycatcher. Arboretum staff member Paul Wolterbeek also reported Gilded Flicker above Ayer Lake and Ladder-backed Woodpecker near the trail along Queen Creek.


From: Paul Wolterbeek (Arboretum volunteer program coordinator)
Date: Wednesday, July 19
Our visiting Brown Pelican was still basking, preening, feeding and flying around Ayer Lake as of Wednesday morning. The bird arrived Tuesday and appears to be in good health... several times after the Arboretum opened this morning at 6:00 a.m. I observed it fly low over the water, drop onto the surface and plunge its bill into the lake, then allow the water to drain out before tipping his head back and (presumably) gulping down a few of the resident desert pupfish and gila topminnows. Photographers: if you want to verify this bird is still present before driving up, call our gift shop or business office at 520.689.2723; we're open at 6:00 a.m. daily during the Summer. Other notable birds include a Gilded Flicker that flew over Silver King Wash where the wash is nearest Ayer Lake; Violet-green Swallows, a nearby Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Black-throated Sparrow, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cactus Wren, Lesser Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal and Great-tailed Grackle.


From: Ed Sanchez (Medical University of Ohio)
Date: Saturday, July 9
Both Pyrrhuloxia and Northern Cardinal were seen today; another highlight was Cassin's Finch in the Eucalyptus grove. Additional speciess on my checklist include Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bullock's Oriole and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, July 6
Greater Roadrunner (by ear) was notable this morning, along with a Green Heron at Ayer Lake, White-throated Swift and several flycatcher speciess: Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Phainopepla and Western Kingbird. Also seen and heard Thursday were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, three dove speciess (White-winged, Mourning, Inca); Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow (by ear); Song Sparrow (by ear), Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Philip Lowe
Date: Sunday, June 25
Familiar speciess are all present today, and one particularly notable bird in the Demonstration Garden was an American Redstart, which I was able to observe and also photograph near the artificial stream and also in the pistachio tree at the edge of the desert meadow in the center of the Demonstration Garden.


From: Rich Ditch (view recent photos at: http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Saturday, June 24
Birds today (in the order seen and heard) include Yellow-breasted Chat, House Finch, Yellow Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Bell’s Vireo, Phainopepla, Costa’s Hummingbird, White-winged Dove, Bronzed Cowbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Common Raven, Turkey Vulture, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Goldfinch, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Lucy’s Warbler, Gila Woodpecker, Gambel’s Quail, Abert’s Towhee, House Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bewick’s Wren and Canyon Wren.


From: Ed & Mardy Seelye (with additional speciess reported by Larry Conley; also by Phil Lowe)
Date: Sunday, June 18
We had a good look at the Cooper's Hawk when it flew over the new suspension bridge at the East end of Queen Creek Canyon. A family of five common ravens were circling and calling East of the bridge and in the cliffs above the High Trail. More speciess, in the order they are listed on the Arboretum bird checklist, were White-winged Dove, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Canyon Wren, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird and House Sparrow. Larry Conley was here photographing birds this morning; to the Seelye's list he added Turkey Vulture, Anna's Hummingbird, and Hooded Oriole. Phil Lowe -- also photographing birds and dragonflies -- added Bewick's Wren, Lucy's Warbler, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Summer Tanager (near the Desert Legume Garden); Bell's Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat and a Say's Phoebe perched on the rock fig inside the Visitor Center lobby. A BTA staff member also reported that just past 9 a.m. a Zone-tailed Hawk was circling over the High Trail and Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Purple Martin were seen hawking insects over Ayer Lake -- along with this unusual daytime sighting: a Lesser Nighthawk that flew over the lake surface twice to drink water. Gambel's Quail, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Great-tailed Grackle, and Lesser Goldfinch were also seen.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, June 8
The variety of flycatcher speciess was notable Thursday, with the Western Wood-pewee still present and also Ash-throated, Brown-crested and a Western-type Flycatcher and both Black and Say's Phoebes, too (and Vermilion Flycatcher confirmed by ear). Other insectivores hunting the skies above the Arboretum were White-throated Swift, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Purple Martin. More speciess seen and heard today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (by ear); Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Vera Walters (Central Arizona College CALL program)
Date: Sunday, June 4
Black-chinned Hummingbird (along with Broad-billed, Anna's and Costa's) was a highlight this morning; also Western Wood-Pewee, Bullock's Oriole, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-throated Sparrow and two Grosbeak speciess (Blue and Black-headed). Also seen and heard were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater, Peter Moulton & Cynthia Donald
Date: Saturday, June 3
An adult Cooper's Hawk was seen on the nest in the Eucalyptus tree west of the the front of the Drover's Shed (just across the trail), apparently shading the hatchling. Western Wood-Pewee was seen in the Demonstration Garden; Spotted Sandpiper and Purple Martin were notable at Ayer Lake this morning and also a Lesser Nighthawk that dipped to the water to drink while flying over the lake. Also on our checklist were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Tom Rawles & Jack Holloway
Date: Sunday, May 21
A Brown-crested Flycatcher exhibited nesting behavior this morning, carrying a captured dragonfly up to the top of a hollow metal pole (near the utility transformer pole) up above Ayer Lake. The bird landed, then disappeared into the pole - presumably to feed young. This was one of five Brown-crested Flycatchers observed this morning; other Flycatchers included 3 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe and a Vermilion Flycatcher (heard) in the mesquite and palo verde trees right in the main parking lot out front of the visitor center. Warblers today were 8 Lucy's, 4 Yellow, 1 Wilson's and 4 Yellow-breasted Chat. As for Hummingbirds, we found 2 Broad-billed, 7 Anna's and 6 Costa's. Our checklist also includes 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 15 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Zone-taile Hawk (perched above the High Trail); 5 Gambel's Quail, 2 Mourning Dove, 20 White-winged Dove, 1 Inca Dove, 6 White-throated Swift, 1 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 8 Bell's Vireo, 3 Warbling Vireo, 11 Violet-green Swallow, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 5 Verdin, 2 Canyon Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren, 10 Phainopepla, 3 Western Tanager, 3 Summer Tanager, 6 Abert's Towhee, 2 Song Sparrow, 8 Northern Cardinal, 2 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 Lazuli Bunting (singing and in the Demonstration Garden); 8 Great-tailed Grackle, 2 Bronzed Cowbird (Demo Garden); 7 Brown-headed Cowbird, 4 Hooded Oriole, 10 House Finch, 6 Lesser Goldfinch and 8 House Sparrow.


From: Eric Hough
Date: Thursday, May 18
I went over to Boyce Thompson Arboretum today and saw many interesting speciess, including two American Avocets at Ayer Lake. As of now the bird checklist for the Arboretum does not have this speciess listed. Overall, the place was very alive with birds today. Cedar Waxwings were in the riparian area at the overlook along Queen Creek just before the trail goes up towards the Picketpost House mansion. There is a bench at this overlook. Listen for a high-pitched squeak/peep (my interpretation of their sound). I only saw four of them there (although there could have been more present that I didn't see) and they could go anywhere within the arboretum. Lesser Nighthawk too: I saw it in the Demonstration Garden near the wash between 6:30am-7:00 am where I must have spooked it. The temperature was nice when I arrived at 6:15am, but started to get hot around 9:00am (I stayed until 10:30am). Here are the speciess that I saw/heard: Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk (a small one); Zone-tailed Hawk (it stood on the ground along the High Trail for a few minutes); Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, American Avocet (2, on the bank of Ayer Lake. They flew around for a while when I accidentally spooked them); Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, and unidentified empid flycatcher in the riparian area along Queen Creek, Black Phoebe, Brown-creasted Flycatcher (right outside of Visitor Center); Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-Green Swallow, Verdin, White-breasted Nuthatch (I heard its "laughing" call in the juniper/cypress/pinyon grove just below the Ayer Lake dam); Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, House Wren (maybe, in the dense riparian area along Queen Creek); Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing (four in the riparian area along Queen Creek); Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler (tons of them around); Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat (lots of them around, too); Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee (everywhere!); Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak (at least one, if not two males inside Demonstration Garden in the enclosed fountain area and along the wash); Lazuli Bunting (around the small fountain near the Demonstration Garden entrance...many females, a few males); Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, Scott's Oriole, House Finch (everywhere!); Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Jim Kopitzke
Date: Sunday, May 14
MacGillivray's Warbler was present today; other Warblers include Lucy's, Yellow, Wilson's and Yellow-breasted Chat. Three hummingbird speciess were seen (Black-chinned, Anna's, Costa's) and also three dove speciess (White-winged, Mourning, Inca). In the order they appear on the BTA checklist, others today were Turkey Vulture, Gila Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Phainopepla, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Karen Stucke & Linda Long
Date: Saturday, May 13
After the Migratory Bird Day walk earlier this morning we observed an Indigo Bunting at the waterfall in the Demonstration Garden at around 11:30 a.m. We were eating our lunch there because it seemed to be a hot spot ... and it was!


From: Cynthia Donald, Peter Moulton, Marceline Vandewater & Carlos Ross (Migratory Bird Day guided walks)
Date: Saturday, May 13
This report combines an impressive 63 different speciess from separate groups that looked for birds in the Demonstration Garden, eucalyptus grove and Queen Creek Canyon on Saturday during the Arboretum's Spring migrant bird count. The most notable sighting was a Northern Waterthrush that Marceline saw and photographed early in Saturday morning. Greater Roadrunner, Barn Swallow, and Lark Sparrow were three other unusual sighting. In addition to four different Flycatcher speciess (Olive-sided, Dusky, Ash-throated and Brown-crested) and also four Hummingbird speciess (Broad-tailed, Broad-billed, Anna's and Costa's), these were on this combined checklist: Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Vera Walters (Migratory Bird Day guided walk: cactus garden, Ayer Lake and above the lake)
Date: Saturday, May 13
Our section of the Arboretum's migrant bird count stayed on the main trail through the Cactus Garden past Ayer Lake and as far up as the highest point of the trail. We had a great look at one Zone-tailed Hawk circling amongst 18 Turkey Vultures, possibly our most dramatic sighting of the morning. We also saw a nesting Canyon Wren who is raising a clutch of five nestlings in one of the potting sheds behind the Smith Building. Other speciess and numbers of individuals are as follows, and are listed in the order in which each speciess was encountered along our walk: 6 Cardinals, 2 Verdin (one on her nest), 9 Phainopepla, 12 White-winged Dove, 3 Yellow-breasted Chat, 12 Great-tailed Grackle, 2 Canyon Wren (excluding the nest mentioned previously); 5 Bell's Vireo, 1 House Sparrrow, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 4 House Finch, 4 Lesser Goldfinch, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Hooded Oriole, 2 Yellow Warbler, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Mourning Dove, 1 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Violet-green Swallow, 1 Purple Martin, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Marsh Wren, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird (male), 2 Cactus Wren.


From: Kathe Anderson (guiding the Mesa Community College New Horizons Birding Class)
Date: Friday, May 12
Our group had great views of the colorful Broad-billed Hummingbird in the Demonstration garden, and good looks at both Anna's and Costa's Hummingbirds in many other collections throughout the grounds. Western Wood-Pewee, Brown-crested Flycatcher and Yellow-breasted Chat were other highlights Friday morning. Also on our checklist for the day were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker (heard); Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin (heard); Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Steve & Marion Alter (Tustin, California)
Date: Sunday, May 7
An Olive Warbler was seen in the olive grove (how appropriate!); we also saw five additional warbler speciess - Lucy's, Yellow, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray and Wilson's; and two Oriole speciess (Bullock's and Hooded). Adding still more color around the trails were Lazuli Bunting, Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanager and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (nesting high in the pistachio tree above the entrance ramp to the suspension bridge). Also seen and heard were Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Neil Merchant (from Brighton, England)
Date: Sunday, May 7
Lazuli Buntings were observed Sunday morning along the thicket over the stream which drains into Ayer Lake and also along the switchback trail below the Picketpost mansion. Other speciess today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Canyon Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (a nest near the suspension bridge); Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Scott's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman and Kathe Anderson (with one additional note from Marceline Vandewater)
Date: Sunday, April 23
Bird-of-the-day was a handsome hybrid warbler that appeared to be a Townsend's/Hermit crossbreed: yellow with vivid black facial markings. The bird was seen several times between 9:00-11:00 a.m. gleaning insects on mesquite trees in the center of the picnic area, and also in the shrubby Australian trees just across the service road from the middle-west side of the picnic ground. Hermit Warblers were observed in the Pine Loop area of the Eucalyptus forest, too. Arboretum volunteer bird walk guide Marceline Vandewater was here today with family, and at 1:00 p.m. reported a female Williamson's Sapsucker pecking at the Aleppo Pine right in the center of the picnic area, about 12-15 feet up and allowing excellent views. Lazuli Buntings were seen in two spots this morning, in the Demonstration Garden around 9:00, and in Queen Creek near the new suspension bridge around 11:00. Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, 2 American Coot, Turkey Vulture, Harris's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Costa's Hummingbird, 2 Black-chinned Hummingbird (occupied nest); 15 Anna's Hummingbird (several occupied nests and one nest-building); Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Dusky/Hammond's Flycatcher, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher (heard only); Ash-throated Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, 10 Bell's Vireo (one collecting nesting material), Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, 15 Lucy's Warbler, 25 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3 Hermit Warbler, 6 Yellow Warbler, 3 Wilson's Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, 3 Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 5 White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, 8 Lazuli Bunting, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch (1 occupied nest - incubating?); 5 Pine Siskin and also House Sparrow. In addition, Kathe's group had the season's first Purple Martin flying over Ayer Lake, a Cooper's Hawk, Cliff Swallow, Western Tanager, and Black-headed Grosbeak.


From: Kurt Radamaker and Richard Ditch
Date: Saturday, April 15
MacGillivray's Warbler was observed in the center of the eucalyptus forest, near the white bridge across Silver King Wash. Common Yellowthroat was at Ayer Lake and Lark Sparrow was another highlight of our bird walk. Additional birds, in checklist order, includ Pied-billed Grebe and Green Heron at Ayer Lake; 4 Turkey Vultures circling overhead, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, 10 Gambel's Quail, American Coot, 5 White-winged Dove, 2 Mourning Dove, 4 Inca Dove, 10 White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, 20 Anna's Hummingbird, 5 Costa's Hummingbird, 2 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 2 Ash-throated flycatcher, 2 Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, 3 Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Bell's Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 10 Violet-green Swallow, 6 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 6 Verdin, 2 Rock Wren, 4 Canyon Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 6 Bewick's Wren, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, 6 Lucy's Warbler, 4 Yellow Warbler, 6 Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Painted Redstart, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, 4 Song Sparrow, 4 Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, 20 White-crowned Sparrow, 10 Northern Cardinal, 2 Black-headed Grosbeak, 6 Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, 2 Hooded Oriole, 10 House Finch, 20 Lesser Goldfinch and 5 House Sparrow. *Note: Birdwalk volunteer Marceline Vandewater was here with a separate group and reports the Lazuli Bunting was near the diagonal trail West of the Herb Garden near trail marker #43. Marceline and friends reported sightings of two separate White-throated Sparrows (one just East of the Eucalyptus Forest, and one in the picnic area eating our apple pieces), an unmistakable fly-by of the Brown Thrasher; also the Dusky Flycatcher at the Eucalyptus Grove and good looks at the circling Zone-tailed Hawk. Cassin's Vireo, too, in the Demonstration Garden.


From: Marceline Vandewater and Melody Kehl
Date: Sunday, April 9
A male Lazuli Bunting high in a eucalyptus tree on the east edge of the Australian Forest was probably the most remarkable sighting of our Sunday bird walk; also notable was a Black-throated Gray Warbler and three separate flycatcher speciess (Ash-throated, Hammond, Dusky). Black-headed Grosbeak and Scott's Oriole, too. Additional birds, in checklist order, are Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird (one nesting), Costa's Hummingbird (two nesting!), Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Painted Redstart (four of them!); Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Marceline also noted: "I had good looks at a Townsend’s Warbler right at the beginning of the bird walk, close to the Visitor Center. And after the walk Melody and I checked out the Oak Flat campground (seven miles East of the Arboretum on highway 60) and got Vermilion Flycatcher, Say’s Phoebe, Gray Flycatcher, Scrub Jay, Bushtit, Loggerhead Shrike, Crissal Thrasher, Lark Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow (Singing!), Chipping Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, Canyon Towhee and Broad-tailed Hummingbird.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Friday, April 7
Brown Thrasher and Painted Redstart were still present Friday, along with the Spring's first Black-headed Grosbeak. Five wren speciess were seen and heard (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's and Marsh) and also a good variety of warblers (Orange-crowned, Lucy's, Yellow and Audubon's Yellow-rumped). Also around the trails, gardens and Ayer Lake were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Nancy Woods and Sun City West (Phoenix) Birders
Date: Wednesday, April 5
Painted Redstart was observed today along with a Western Kingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher and Bell's Vireo. American Coot and Great-tailed Grackle were on Ayer Lake, with Northern Rough-winged Swallows overhead. Others today include Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's); Abert's Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Jim Spier
Date: Wednesday, April 5
House Wren, Bullock's Oriole, Common Yellowthroat, Zone-tailed Hawk, Dusky Flycatcher and Plumbeous Vireo were notable Wednesday; we also had the Painted Redstart and Western Kingbird. Others today include Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren (heard); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Audubon Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Roger Hinkle and Sun City Vistoso (Tucson) Birders
Date: Monday, April 3
The Brown Thrasher was seen today, also Painted Redstart, Hammond's Flycatcher and Pyrrhuloxia. At Ayer Lake we found Marsh Wren, Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Violet-green Swallow, Black Phoebe and Great-tailed Grackle. Others today were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (the Myrtle race); Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Grant Loomis and Tyler Loomis
Date: Sunday, April 2
A Barn Owl was observed several times in broad daylight, from about 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. moving from tree-to-tree upstream along Queen Creek while birded the area; the Brown Thrasher was opposite the Herb Garden in a clearning beneath a large eucalyptus and Painted Redstarts (more than one) were observed in the Eucalyptus forest and on the canyon wall above the high trail. Zone-tailed Hawk, Dusky Flycatcher and three Oriole speciess (Hooded, Bullock's, Scott's) were also highlights. Also on our checklist were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Tracy McCarthey
Date: Saturday, April 1
Late for this time of year, a White-throated Sparrow was observed foraging in leaf litter along with a group of White-crowned Sparrows on the south side of the main trail across from the palm grove near the Australian forest. Another White-throated Sparrow was seen in the picnic area, as well as a non-vocalizing but probably Dusky Flycatcher. Other birds seen and heard (in checklist order) include: Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, "Western" Flycatcher (in the Hummingbird Garden) Bell's Vireos (singing), Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, possible Swainson's Thrush (near the Smith Building), Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler singing at entrance to Demo Garden), Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Hooded Oriole, Scott's Oriole, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Dick Konz, Sanibel FL
Date: Monday, March 27
Rufous-backed Robin was seen around 0945 a.m. when it flew into the canopy about 12 feet up and over the park bench along the main trail. Numerous Hermit Thrush are feeding on olive fruit in this same area, and also Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler and Gila Woodpecker. The Cooper's Hawk flew past while I waited for the Robin; other birds were Anna's Hummingbird, Verdin, Painted Redstart (in the Herb Garden, hawking insects and flitting around branches of the bare hackberry tree), Abert's Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Scott's Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: David Leatherman (Fort Collins, CO)
Date: Monday, March 27
This morning I saw the Brown Thrasher, but no robin . A Golden Eagle and also Zone-tailed Hawk were present, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Cooper's Hawk, too. Other notables include Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Cassin's Vireo, Cliff Swallow, Western Tanager and both Bullock's and Scott's Orioles. Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange Crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Painted Redstart, Green-tailed Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, March 26
A Golden Eagle flying over Queen Creek Canyon and one Black-throated Gray Warbler observed near trail marker #43 were the two exciting "birds of the day" for our guided Sunday group bird walk. Today was also outstanding for hummingbirds, with five separate speciess observed (Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Anna's, Costa's and Broad-tailed). Birds specific to Ayer Lake were Marsh Wren, Black Phoebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Violet-green Swallow and Northern Rough-winged Swallow. Also on today's checklist were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange Crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cathy Wise, Tom Gaskill and Larry Liese
Date: Saturday, March 25
Our "Welcome Back Buzzards Day" bird walk this morning had 50 participants, so we divided into three groups. Interesting speciess today include White-throated Swift spotted by Cathy and her group and the House Sparrow nesting in the Arizona Sycamore tree in the picnic area (which offered a lesson about exotic birds displacing natives). A Dusky Flycatcher was seen by Tom Gaskill and his group above Ayer Lake, Cassin's Vireo, too; and the Painted Redstart was observed by Larry Liese and his group in the eucalyptus forest (this section also had looks at Orange Crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, and Lincoln's Sparrow). All groups enjoyed a great view of both the male and female Cooper's Hawks perched together and calling back-and-forth to each other behind the Drover's Shed. Additional speciess (in checklist order) were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Barb & Lou Winterfield
Date: Friday, March 24
The season's first Hooded Oriole was a highlight today, and Lawrence's Goldfinch, too. In addition we had Lucy's Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler and Crissal Thrasher. We also saw (or heard) Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Monday, March 20
Spring transients and a few summer speciess complemented diverse wintering populations for a rewarding survey today. The Rufous-backed Robin, Crissal Thrasher, and Brown Thrasher continue in the olive grove and west of the herb garden. The Painted Redstart visited sapsucker wells in a tamarisk south of the palms, displacing warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Verdins. A loose flock of apparent transients foraging in freshly leafed cottonwoods along the native riparian area included a male Yellow Warbler, a Plumbeous Vireo, a Cassin’s Vireo, a pair of Hutton’s Vireos, a male Black-throated Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Wilson’s Warbler, and several kinglets. A singing Scott’s Oriole near Smith Building was a spring delight. A few Lucy’s Warblers, Ash-throated Flycatchers, calling Gray and Dusky Flycatchers, and a silent “Western” Flycatcher were found from the demo garden to queen creek near the olive grove. No Bell’s Vireos or Hooded Orioles were found, though the spring’s first Black-chinned Hummingbird visited feeders, joined by hoards of Anna’s, a few Costa’s, a Broad-billed, and a single dominant male Rufous; another Rufous nectared along the walk at the visitors center. A Zone-tailed Hawk cruised over Queen Creek canyon and a few White-throated Swifts zipped about Magma Ridge before sunset. Brewer’s and Red-winged Blackbirds and a few Brown-headed Cowbirds and European Starlings roosted in the marsh at Ayer Lake where a male Belted Kingfisher rattled about earlier in the day. Other speciess noted included: Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk (vocal pair), Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel’s Quail, American Coot, White-winged, Mourning, and Inca Doves; Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Violet-green and Rough-winged Swallows; Verdin, Rock, Cactus, Canyon, Bewick's, House, and Marsh Wrens; Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped ("Audubon's" and “Myrtle”) Warblers, Green-tailed, Spotted, Canyon, and Abert's Towhees; Black-throated, Fox, Song, Lincoln's, White-throated, and White-crowned Sparrows; Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Rick Wright (http://www.birdaz.com)
Date: Monday, March 20
Scott's Oriole was seen across from trail marker #43, near the olive trees between the palm grove and the herb garden. No sign of the elusive robin or redstart today, but notable speciess did include a Crissal Thrasher in this same spot, Ash-throated Flycatchers below the Drover's Shed and in the Demonstration Garden, Gray Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwing, Canyon Towhee, and four Warblers (Wilson's, Lucy's, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped). Great views of the Cooper's Hawk pair, too!. Others (in the order listed on the Arboretum's checklist) were: Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cathy Wise
Date: Sunday, March 19
A Painted Redstart continues to be present, and was observed around 2:00 p.m. along with the Rufous-backed Robin. Both birds were behind the bench along the main trail at the grove of olive trees that are East of the palm trees and West of the Wes of the Herb Garden. Another visitor reported the Brown Thrasher in this same area, but we didn't see it.


From: Rich Ditch, Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald
Date: Saturday, March 18
Bird-of-the-day was a Painted Redstart observed around 10-11 a.m. gleaning insects from trees in the East side of the Eucalyptus grove. Spring warblers are returning; our group had Wilson's Warbler, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped (other visitors reported Lucy's present, but this speciess wasn't seen or heard on our bird walk). We had great views of both Cooper's Hawks, one feeding in a large tree behing the Australian drover's shed. Hummingbird speciess today included Anna's, Costa's, Broad-billed and Broad-tailed (one male heard flying past). Our Saturday bird walk checklist also includes Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher (near the Picnic area parking lot); Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren and Marsh Wren (all six likely Wrens!); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee (also near the Picnic area parking lot), Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow (one in the picnic area; two more near the herb garden); White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Wednesday, March 15
All three likely hummingbird speciess (Anna's, Costa's and Broad-billed) were present today, along with a fine variety of sparrows (Brewer's, Black-throated, Song, Lincoln's, White-throated and White-crowned). We also had five Wrens (Marsh, Canyon, Cactus, Rock and Bewick's). Others on today's checklist were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Brewer's Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund and Judy Johnson
Date: Thursday, March 9
Six hours of birding ( 8:00 to 2:00) produced many familiar Arboretum winter birds and a few notables, including Black-chinned Sparrow (also White-throated, Brewer's, Black-throated, Song, Lincoln's and White-crowned). Towhees today included Green-tailed, Spotted, and Abert's....and we had a full six different Wrens: House, Marsh, Canyon, Cactus, Rock and Bewick's. Today's checklist also included Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Tracy McCarthey
Date: Saturday, March 4
Rufous-backed Robin was behind the bench at 12:30 p.m. in the olive area West of the Herb Garden after this morning's guided bird walk. Brown Thrasher was seen near the aloe/cliff area, and a White-throated Sparrow was in the Northeast corner of the eucalyptus grove where a sprinkler was watering beneath the trees, and Brewer's Sparrows were just beyond that, feeding on the ground at the edge of the open "playa" area below magma ridge and between the australian trees and the Cactus garden. Our group had four Towhee speciess (Green-tailed, Spotted, Abert's and Canyon) and six wrens (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's, House and Marsh). The Cooper's Hawk pair was perched within yards of each other in a mesquite above and behind the Drover's Shed, giving exceptionally good looks at both the male and female bird. Gilded Flicker was observed above Ayer Lake; other birds (in their checklist order) were Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo (a pair in the eucalyptus grove); Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Wednesday, March 1
Rufous-backed Robin was again West of the Herb Garden, and several birders had a chance to see the bird this morning. Fox Sparrow was in Queen Creek, East of the new suspension bridge and easily seen from the narrow "catwalk" with chainlink fence over the creek (this is also a great spot for Lincoln's Sparrow, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren and Canyon Wren). Both Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged Swallows were seen over Ayer Lake. Today's checklist also includes Turkey Vulture, Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson
Date: Tuesday, February 28
A Crissal Thrasher with a particularly lengthy bill was observed near the olive trees just past the palms; another exciting species today was a Loggerhead Shrike perched alongside the dry bed of Queen Creek behind the demonstration garden. Turkey Vultures were seen overhead, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows at Ayer Lake. Also on our checklist were Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren (at Ayer Lake); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From Carl Tomoff
Monday: February 27
A male Rufous Hummingbird, first noted at feeders in the residential area on Sunday afternoon, was seen again today. A Wilson’s Snipe along Ayer Lake shoreline was a delightful surprise. A Sharp-shinned Hawk glided through Queen Creek Canyon, and American Goldfinches continued in the Demo Garden. Four Lark Sparrows that visited Ayer Lake late Sunday afternoon may have been the same birds noted early Monday morning as a male Great-tailed Grackle left the marsh.


From: Jim Kopitzke
Date: Monday, February 27
The Brown Thrasher was observed West of the Herb Garden, and also a Crissal Thrasher (near the palm grove). Pyrrhuloxia, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and American Kestrel were also notable today. Others seen and heard were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Tracy McCarthey
Date: Sunday, February 26
Fox Sparrow, Cassin's Vireo and Red-tailed Hawk were among the more interesting speciess today, and one of the best all-around spots was on the ground on both sides of the old truck at the Drover's Shed (House Wren, Green-tailed Towhee and both Song Sparrow and Lincoln's Sparrow nearby, allowing comparative looks). Others around the Arboretum this morning include Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee Spotted Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday, February 26
Our walk began with Canyon and Rock Wrens calling at the Visitor Center and House Sparrows chirping nearby. A male Broad-billed Hummingbird zipped about the Butterfly Garden, chasing some Anna's, before perching in a patch of mint. As we crossed the parking lot on our way to the picnic area, a small group of White-winged Doves flew westward. We watched Anna's Hummingbirds, Verdins, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Orange-crowned and "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding at sap oozing from Red-naped Sapsucker wells in Pittosporum as a stunningly colored male tapped into the trunk of a slender sapling. Meanwhile a silent Dusky Flycatcher sallied nearby, seed-eaters scurried in and out of sight, and Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches filled the air with song. Then we had great looks at Bewick's and House Wrens, Hermit Thrush, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song, Lincoln's, and White-crowned Sparrows, and Northern Cardinals foraging on the ground in the corral and under the old truck at the wool shed. More finches sang as we walked under towering Eucalyptus and past the palm grove. Gila Woodpeckers, Verdins, Hermit Thrushes, Abert's Towhees, White-crowned Sparrows, Northern Cardinals, and House Finches picked at olives, some fallen, some still on the trees. The wintering Rufous-backed Robin and Brown Thrasher teased us with only brief glimpses of their presence. Some spotted a Spotted Towhee and a Curve-billed Thrasher scratching in the litter, while a Northern Mockingbird sang in a thicket. On our way to the Cactus Garden, we saw a few Brewer's Sparrows at the desert playa (below the North face of Magma Ridge) as an immature Red-tailed Hawk glided over Magma Ridge. We compared the structure of a Curve-billed Thrasher nest in a cholla with the roost and brood nests of Verdins we had studied near the herb garden. While at Ayer Lake, we watched a Pied-billed Grebe with exquisite breeding plumage, an American Coot, Black Phoebe, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and some heard Marsh Wren (calling) and Red-winged Blackbirds (chorus singing in marsh). The walk ended as a Canyon Towhee and Black-throated Sparrows sang softly in the Chihuahuan Desert area and a male Phainopepla sallied over Silver King Wash.


From: Carl Tomoff
Saturday, February 25
My survey of the Arb this morning in preparation for Sunday’s bird walk produced: Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk (vocal pair), Red-tailed Hawk (imm), Gambel’s Quail, American Coot, 2 cooing Eurasian Collared-Doves, White-winged, Mourning, and Inca Doves; Broad-billed, Anna's, and Costa’s Hummingbirds; Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Dusky Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Tree, Violet-green, and Rough-winged Swallows; Verdin, Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's, House, and Marsh Wrens; Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Rufous-backed Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped ("Audubon's" and “Myrtle”) Warblers, Western Tanager, Green-tailed, Spotted, Canyon, and Abert's Towhees; Brewer’s, Black-throated, Fox, Song, Lincoln's, White-throated, and White-crowned Sparrows; Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow. During late afternoon, an adult Golden Eagle, an American Kestrel, and a pair of Peregrine Falcons soared, dove, and played on the wind above the summit of Picket Post Mountain. Finally 4 Turkey Vultures appeared in the southeast, lilted past the summit, and drifted westward out of view. After sunset, flocks of Brewer’s Blackbirds and a few Brown-headed Cowbirds and European Starlings joined the Red-wings already settled into roost in Ayer’s marsh as the first bats appeared.


From: Judy Johnson
Date: Wednesday, February 22
Brown Thrasher was my best sighting of a bountiful day spent birding from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. American Robin was seen, but not the elusive Rufous-backed. Green-tailed Towhee and Abert's Towhee were present, also seen and heard around the park were: Pied-bille Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, American Coot, Common Ground Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-taile Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Dusky Flycatcher (in the Demonstration Garden); Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren (by the stream), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman
Date: Sunday, February 19
Numerous interesting speciess were observed between the Palm Grove and the Herb Garden, with a Crissal Thrasher opposite the palms, and a White-throated Sparrow beneath them and associating with White-crowned Sparrows. The Rufous-backed Robin was seen several times between 9-10 a.m. flying between creekside shrubs and taller trees over the small clearing that's just West of (and opposite from) the Herb Garden. Brown Thrasher was in the same area this morning as well, and Green-tailed Towhee and Orange-crowned Warbler. Both Cooper's Hawks were calling to each other in the Eucalyptus grove. Also seen and heard were: Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Brown Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson
Date: Friday, February 17
Black-chinned Sparrow was today's highlight, along with Northern Rough-winged Swallow and two Phoebe speciess (Black and Say's). The Hooded Merganser was at Ayer Lake along with Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Red-winged Blackbird. Other speciess today were Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Barb Winterfield and Richard Theobald
Date: Wednesday, February 15
A Fox Sparrow was near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden, and a Pyrrhuloxia within. The season's first returning Northern Rough-winged Swallow was notable, along with Broad-billed Hummingbird, Hutton's Vireo, Brewer's Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow. Our checklist includes Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler; three Towhee speciess (Green-tailed, Abert's, Spotted), Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Kathe Anderson and Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, February 12
Our guided bird walk audience numbered 27 people, so we split in two groups and followed different paths. Kathe's group reported that Ayer Lake had a notable new occupant Sunday morning, a Redhead Duck was observed near the Hooded Merganser and resident American Coot. Sharp-shinned Hawk was the lone raptor of the morning. Pete's group found these highlights: 2 Hutton's Vireos, one at the west end of the Herb Garden, and the other opposite the Legume Garden. Also: a Pied-billed Grebe in nearly full breeding color at Ayer Lake, a male Broad-billed Hummingbird in the Butterfly Garden, a male Costa's Hummingbird at the East end of Queen Creek canyon, an Orange-crowned Warbler between Silver King Wash and the Smith Building, and 2 Green-tailed Towhees in the brush opposite the west end of the Herb Garden. Other speciess common to both Kathe and Pete's checklists included Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Brewers Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson and Jane Wicklund
Date: Wednesday, February 8
Interesting speciess today included American Kestrel, Plumbeous Vireo, White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow and American Robin. Also on our checklist were Pied-billed Grebe, Hooded Merganser, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, and House Sparrow.


From: Janic Chadwell and Sandy Wilson
Date: Tuesday, February 7
Rufous-backed Robin was near trail marker #39 at 3:30 this afternoon, in brush and an olive tree just west of the Herb Garden and on the south side of the main trail. Other highlights were both Crissal and Curve-billed Thrasher, Lincoln's Sparrow, Western Tanager and Green-tailed Towhee. Also seen were Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Say's Phoebe, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, February 4
A Western Flycatcher at the southwest corner of the picnic area was among the more interesting speciess on our guided bird walk today; we also had a great views of the Brown Thrasher, Broad-billed Hummingbird, female Hooded Merganser on Ayer Lake, the Common Ground Dove (!), and a handsome Pyrrhuloxia gave us all great looks as it flew between shrubs in Queen Creek behind the Demonstration Garden right at 9:00 a.m. We found a White-throated Sparrow and others, in checklist order, were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin (seen in the picnic area and also the demonstration garden); Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson
Date: Tuesday, January 31
Terrific weather today, and interesting speciess including American Robin, Lincoln's Sparrow and Dusky Flycatcher. Today's checklist includes: Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Monday, January 30
Rufous-backed Robin was in the same area as previously reported (trail markers #36-#37), along with many Hermit Thrush. American Robin was seen as well, and Marsh Wren at Ayer Lake. White-throated Sparrows were observed. Other birds, in checklist order, were Pied-billed Grebe, Hooded Merganser, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Eurasian Collared Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Wren Cactus, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson
Date: Wednesday, January 25
Six Western Meadowlarks were notable today; winds made for a quieter morning than usual. Others seen (in order of the BTA checklist) were Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Wren Canyon, Wren Cactus, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and House Sparrow.


From: Darlene Smyth and Tucson Audubon Society members
Date: Saturday, January 21
We saw the Rufous-backed Robin twice, the first time at 10:45 in the usual spot - feeding on myrtle fruit in the thick bushes between trail markers #36-37. It was observed an hour later, this time opposite trail marker #34 and at the back of a grassy area. Two White-throated Sparrows were also seen opposite the Herb Garden (just west of where the Robin is most often observed). Today we counted 40 speciess, with at least 89 individuals (read our complete report at ebird.org). Others today included Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, 7 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 5 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin Cactus Wren, 6 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 3 Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, 11 Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, 2 Phainopepla, 3 Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 4 Green-tailed Towhee, 2 Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, 15 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 4 Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (numerous and througout the grounds) Northern Cardinal, 3 Pyrrhuloxia, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, January 19
Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided race) on the Magma Ridge trail was the highlight of my Thursday visit; it was a brief look - and my first of this season for BTA! Other sparrows today include Brewer's, Black-throated, Song, Lincoln's, White-throated and White-crowned. This was also a fine day for wrens (Rock, Canyon, Cactus and Bewick's). Western Meadowlark and Brown Thrasher were also notable, and Ayer Lake birds included Red-winged Blackbird, Black Phoebe, and American Coot. Other birds seen and heard include Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and House Sparrow.


From: Bill Bertrant and Charley Marbit
Date: Tuesday, January 17
Rufous-backed Robin was observed at 1:00 p.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. in the orange tree across from the herb garden.


From: Roger Clark (Vancouver, Washington Audubon Society)
Date: Monday, January 16
At 3:45 p.m. the Rufous-backed Robin was seen in the bare tree above the orange tree opposite the herb garden.


From: Jerry Bock
Date: Sun, 15 Jan
Rufous-backed Robin was observed in the same general area (trail markers #36/37); also in the vicinity were a Northern Beardless Tyrranulet and a Western Tanager.


From: Steve and Joan Hosmer
Date: Jan. 14
Joan and I finally saw the Rufous-backed Robin at Boyce Thompson at 04:10 PM in the tall bare tree at signpost 37 next to the tree that has a small strip of orange tape. Most of the other birders had left by then, but the six of us who remained had excellent but brief views of the bird. We spent almost
all of our time in one area in pursuit of our target bird; here is a list of others seen: Cooper's Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Broad-billed Hummingbird, 4 Anna's Hummingbird, 10+ Gila Woodpecker, 4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 10+ Verdin, Cactus Wren, 3 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 10+ Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 30+ Hermit Thrush,
10+ Northern Mockingbird, 8 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, 2 Spotted Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, 2 Song Sparrow, 30+ White-crowned Sparrow, 10+ Northern Cardinal, 40+ House Finch, 6 Lesser Goldfinch, 20+ House Sparrow.


From: Mark Stevenson and Molly Pollock
Date: Saturday, January 14
Molly saw the Rufous-backed Robin briefly just after 3 p.m. between trail markers #36-37 on the south side of the main trail just east of the Herb Garden and pistachio grove. Additional notable speciess today were both races of Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's and Myrtle), a Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hutton's Vireo and Sharp-shinned Hawk. Our checklist also includes Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Red-winged Blackbird at Ayer Lake; Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Tyler and Grant Loomis
Date: Saturday, January 14
Northern Beardless Tyrranulet near the washed-out bridge just west of the chain-link fence "catwalk" over Queen Creek was our most interesting species Saturday afternoon. We also had American Robin, Brewer's Sparrow, House Wren and Broad-billed Hummingbird. Also (in checklist order): American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal and House Finch.


From: George and Marty Kamp (Green Valley)
Date: Monday, January 9
A new life-bird for us, the Rufous-backed Robin was seen Monday in the same general area where Oliver Niehuis reported it Sunday: near trail marker #36, and at about 4 p.m. The Brown Thrasher was seen as well, but near trail marker #44. Five hours of patience produced both of those speciess, and also (in order of the Arboretum checklist) American Kestrel, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren,Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal and House Finch.


From: Oliver Niehuis
Date: Sunday, January 8
Rufous-backed Robin was seen (and photographed) on the opposite side of the trail from the Herb Garden this morning; a Brown Thrasher was seen nearby and White-throated Sparrow as well. Other highlights today include American Goldfinch and Lincoln's Sparrow. Other speciess today were American Coot, Marsh Wren and Red-winged Blackbird at Ayer Lake; Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Western Meadowlark, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. (Editor's note: to see Dr. Niehuis' photo of the Robin, CLICK HERE)


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2006
Five Wren speciess were all present today (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's and also Marsh Wren around Ayer Lake), as well as Green-tailed Towhee, and three Sparrow speciess (Lincoln's, Song and Black-thoated). Other birds seen and heard include American Coot, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, American Robin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Craig Fischer*
Date: Monday, December 26 (Christmas Bird Count), , 2005
Most unusual bird of today's annual Christmas Bird Count was a Common Ground Dove seen near trail marker #34, between the High Trail bridge and Herb Garden, towards the creek side. There's an opening there that goes out about 10 yards towards the mesquites, where the bird was foraging by itself. A female Western Tanager was seen in Queen Creek canyon between the Australian area and the herb garden; other notable speciess included 11 Lark Sparrows and nine Green-tailed Towhees. The Hooded Merganser is still at Ayer's Lake, along with a Pied-billed Grebe, an American Coot and 117 Red-winged Blackbirds. Species and totals for the day were: 2 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Kestrel, 39 Gambel's Quail, 6 White-winged Dove, 34 Mourning Dove, 1 Great-horned Owl, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 33 Anna's Hummingbird, 43 Gila Woodpecker, 7 Red-naped Sapsucker, 5 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 11 Northern Flicker, 3 Black Phoebe, 2 Say's Phoebe, 2 Loggerhead Shrike, 4 Common Raven, 53 Verdin, 1 Brown Creeper, 6 Cactus Wren, 14 Rock Wren, 7 Canyon Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren, 2 House Wren, 6 Marsh Wren, 95 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 31 Hermit Thrush, 18 Northern Mockingbird, 19 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Crissal Thrasher, 7 Phainopepla, 47 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 24 Northern Cardinal, 5 Pyrrhuloxia, 4 Spotted Towhee, 1 Canyon Towhee, 31 Abert's Towhee, 7 Brewer's Sparrow, 33 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, (cw) White-throated Sparrow, 203 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Western Meadowlark, 34 House Finch, 54 Lesser Goldfinch, 67 House Sparrow. *Our thanks to Christmas Bird Count volunteers Tim Durnell, Ben Durnell, Greg Hritzo, Gretchen Burgess, Brian Ison, Kathe Anderson, Mike Evans and Adam Evans.


From: Jeremy Joseph
Date: Monday, December 19, 2005
Highlights on this overcast Monday morning were Green-tailed Towhee, Greater Roadrunner and three separate Ladder-backed Woodpeckers. Other speciess were: Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, many Northern "Red-shafted" Flickers, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, many Verdin; Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, many Ruby-crowned Kinglets; many Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, two Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, and one distant House Finch.


From: Vera Walters
Date: Sunday, November 27
Here is a list of birds I saw on Sunday, lots of old friends and beautiful habitat...but nothing outstanding. Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin (in abundance), Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, November 24
On the morning of Thanksgiving Day we saw many familiar Arboretum speciess and also two, maybe three Indigo Buntings of intermediate plumage; these were observed near the palm grove just past the eucalyptus forest - and between the palms and the west side of Magma Ridge (the volcanic ridge at the heart of the Arboretum). Cassin's Vireo and White-throated Sparrow (2) were also observed in this general area. The other good spot was the grove of conifer trees below the Ayer Lake dam, where an American Robin was feeding on juniper fruit, and chasing off competitors including Phainopepla. The Warbling Vireo reported last week was again observed in the salt cedar trees of the Picnic Ground.


From: Troy Corman and Kurt Radamaker
Date: Saturday, November 19
A slate-colored Fox Sparrow was observed along the switchbacks above Ayer Lake (near the dense foliage), and several particularly interesting sightings in the Demonstration Garden this morning included a Dusky Flycatcher calling near Queen Creek at the south side of this garden, along with House Wren and White-throated Sparrow. Later morning right near the entrance to the Demo Garden we observed the resident Cooper's Hawk feasting on a Gambel's Quail it captured. Two additional White-throated Sparrows were seen just west of the Herb Garden, along with the Brown Thrasher. Two Hooded Mergansers were on Ayer Lake. Also seen and heard today (in checklist order) were Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Anna's Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpecker, 3 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 3 Say's Phoebe, 1 Cassin's Vireo, 1 Hutton's Vireo, 1 Warbling Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 8 Verdin, 3 Rock Wren, 5 Canyon Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 3 Bewick's Wren, 4 House Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 12 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, 8 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, 3 Green-tailed Towhee, 2 Spotted Towhee, 15 Abert's Towhee, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 6 Song Sparrow, 30 White-crowned Sparrow, 10 Northern Cardinal, 10 Red-winged Blackbird, 4 Great-tailed Grackle, 15 House Finch, 10 Lesser Goldfinch, 2 American Goldfinch and 2 House Sparrow. **Note: butterfly speciess seen included one untagged Monarch at the entrance to the Demonstration Garden, many Queens and Painted Ladies; Clouded Sulphur, Black Swallowtail and Pipevine Swallowtail.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Sunday, November 13
Winter Wren and Lincoln's Sparrow were both seen at about 11:30 a.m. from the middle of the Benson Memorial Bridge, the white bridge over Silver King Wash. The Winter Wren was observed "upstream" from the bridge and flew across Silver King Wash, while the Lincoln's Sparrow was "downstream." The Cooper's Hawk was observed from this spot on the bridge, too. Our group found the Brown Thrasher was present again today in the thicket across from the Pyracantha (firethorn) bush just west of the Herb Garden, and our other notable speciess was a Hutton's Vireo in the tamarisk trees towards the back of the picnic area. We had five more Wren speciess today (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's, and House) and both the Audubon's and Myrtle races of Yellow-rumped Warbler. Ayer Lake birds included the female Hooded Merganser, American Coot, Black Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbird, and Great-tailed Grackle. More birds that were seen and heard around the gardens were Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, a Flicker speciess heard but unseen; Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Dr. Carl Tomoff (Prescott College)
Date: Monday, November 7
Brown Thrasher, Sharp-shinned Hawk, a male Gilded Flicker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Pine Siskin and also two American Goldfinches (those observed flying over Ayer Lake) were the notable speciess this morning. Also seen/heard were all six different Wren speciess (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's, House and Marsh) and all four likely Towhees (Green-tailed, Spotted, Canyon and Abert's). The female Hooded Merganser continues at Ayer Lake, along with Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird and Great-tailed Grackle. Others speciess in checklist order include Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "red shafted" Flicker, Say's Phoebe, Cassin's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing (13), Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple and Kathe Anderson
Date: Saturday, November 5
A Red-eyed Vireo was observed about 15-feet up in the eucalyptus tree across the trail from the heavily-loaded pyracantha bush just west of the Herb Garden. Green-tailed Towhee was also observed near the Herb Garden, and the female Hooded Merganser which has been present for the past few weeks was preening in the middle of Ayer Lake. Those were our highlights today; others seen and heard around the trails include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe, and Red-winged Blackbird at Ayer Lake; Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "red shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Cassin's Vireo (across the wash from the Picnic ground), Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: Grant Loomis and Tyler Loomis spotted the Red-eyed Vireo; they left the guided bird walk group around 11 a.m., then reported seeing a Crested Caracara fly over and past the Arboretum as they walked back towards the visitor center. Plus, additional speciess reported on a separate checklist this morning by Jack Bartley include Inca Dove, Cedar Waxwing (3), Phainopepla, Canyon Towhee, and Pine Siskin (by ear).


From: Magill Weber
Date: Sun, Oct. 30
The Parula and the Brown Thrasher were not relocated. Late migrants included Cassin's Vireo and Warbling Vireo. There are still several Broad-billed Hummingbirds hanging around the butterfly garden, including one adult male with a strange white wing patch, either partially leucistic or an odd molt. Other regulars included numerous Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumps, Cooper's Hawk, Green-tailed Towhee, numerous White-crowned Sparrows, one Chipping Sparrow, Say's Phoebe, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, several Hermit Thrushes. To see photos of the Male Broad-billed with white patches visit www.badger.smugmug.com, Other--> Broad-billed Hummingbird. Note: this report was originally posted at http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/AZNM.html


From: Pete Moulton, Troy Corman and Tracy McCarthey
Date: Sunday, Oct. 23
Brown Thrasher, Northern Parula, Cassin's Vireo and Hooded Merganser were all highlights today. The Thrasher was seen just west of the Herb Garden, where it was being scolded by Curve-billed Thrashers high up in a conifer on the south side of the trail (near the Pyracantha bush loaded with berries). The Parula that was reported Saturday was present again in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, and was seen above the hummingbird feeder. Cassin's Vireo was again present at the south end of the eucalyptus grove. And the female Hooded Merganser continues to be at Ayer Lake, along with Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbird, and Marsh Wren. Other speciess seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "red shafted" Flicker, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren (in the Demonstration Garden), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Both speciess of Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's, Myrtle) were observed today and also both Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Others of note were Cedar Waxwing, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, a Hooded Merganser at Ayer Lake, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, and Cassin's Vireo. Also seen and heard during today's Maricopa Audubon Society bird walk were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Andree Tarby
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
A Northern Parula was observed early Saturday morning in the picnic area and then again at 1 p.m. in the upper canopy trees at the west side of the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. The other exciting speciess today included a Hooded Merganser at Ayer Lake and both Cassins and Hutton's Vireos in the mesquites south of the eucalyptus forest (near the South African exhibit area which is under construction) as the main trail approaches the palm trees. Others - in the order they appear on the BTA checklist - include Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak (near the Smith Building bathrooms); House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Richard Ditch
Date: Saturday Oct 15
White-crowned Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Cardinal, Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren (one at the Demo Garden entrance to, another on steep trail - best views ever), Cactus Wren, House Sparrow, Abert's Towhee, House Finch, Gilded Flicker, Verdin, Lesser Goldfinch, Black-throated Sparrow, Black Phoebe, American Coot, Red-winged Blackbird, and one female Broad-billed Hummingbird at the butterfly garden.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11
A few late season speciess such as Summer Tanager and Costa's Hummingbird were highlights today, also Other speciess seen and heard include Pied-billed Grebe, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Melody Kehl, with Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald
Date: Saturday, Oct. 9
Other speciess seen and heard include Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater and Cindy Marple
Date: Saturday, Oct. 1
Red-naped Sapsuckers have returned during the past week, and the highlight of our guided bird walk today was a hybrid Red-breasted/Red-naped Sapsucker which was associating with the Red-naped male in the Pistachio Tree just west of the Herb Garden. Other speciess seen and heard include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, a Sharp-shinned Hawk in the Demonstration Garden; Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed
Hummingbird (male and female/juvenile), Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler (Demo garden), Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's race), Black-throated Gray Warbler (a first-winter bird observed just below the dam at Ayer Lake and a Female at the greenhouse), Townsend's Warbler (first-winter bird in the Pistachio tree), Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler (near the white bridge over Silver King Wash), Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak (Demo Garden), House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, Sept. 29
Watching a Cooper's Hawk eat an Inca Dove was notable today; other speciess around the trails included Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren (by ear), Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla,Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Tracy McCarthey and Rich Ditch
Date: Sunday, Sept. 25
Common Black-Hawk flying with Turkey Vultures was today's highlight; others were Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Phainopepla, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Verdin, Common Raven, House Sparrow, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler,Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia.


From: Kurt and Cindy Radamaker, also Pete Moulton
Date: Saturday, Sept. 18
One Common Blackhawk was notable today; other speciess and the total we counted this morning included 5 Gambel's Quail, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 22 Turkey Vulture, 1 Common Black-Hawk, 10 Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 100 White-throated Swift, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Anna's Hummingbird 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Black Phoebe, 2 Say's Phoebe, 3 Bell's Vireo, 4 Warbling Vireo, 2 Western Scrub-Jay, 2 Common Raven, 2 Barn Swallow, 6 Verdin, 2 Cactus Wren, 2 Rock Wren, 3 Canyon Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, 1 House Wren, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, 2 Nashville Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Wilson's Warbler, 1 Summer Tanager , 9 Western Tanager, 2 Canyon Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Northern Cardinal, 5 Black-headed Grosbeak, 15 House Finch and 12 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Kathe Anderson, Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, Sept. 11
Most interesting speciess on the first of the Fall guided BTA bird walks were two Willow Flycatchers, a Crissal thrasher and a Black-headed Grosbeak. Both Cooper's and Zone-tailed Hawks were seen as well. Other speciess (in checklist order) include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-bille Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker,Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-taile Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Holloway
Date: Sunday, Sept. 4
An Osprey flying over the Arboretum was today's highlight while birding between 8-9:40 am, two Zone-tailed Hawks were also seen, along with four Broad-billed Hummingbirds and a Lazuli Bunting. Other speciess (and the total individuals seen or heard today) include 18 Turkey Vulture, 2 Gambel's Quail, 1 White-winged Dove, 3 Mourning dove, 7 Anna's Hummingbird, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Gilded Flicker, 10 Bell's Vireo, 13 Warbling Vireo, 2 Verdin, 3 Rock Wren, 3 Canyon Wren, 5 Cactus Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren, 2 House Wren, 5 Northern Mockingbird, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 6 European Starling, 8 Phainopepla, 3 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat, 4 Summer Tanager, 3 Western Tanager, 9 Abert's Towhee (including one parent feeding a juvenile at the nest), 1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 5 Northern Cardinal, 2 Black-headed Grosbeak, 6 Brown-headed Cowbird, 7 House Finch, and 20 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, Aug. 18
A male Belted Kingfisher, Gilded Flicker (by ear), Willow Flycatcher, Nashville Warbler and Lazuli Bunting were the most notable birds around the trails today; others (in their checklist order) include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-taile Hawl, Gambel's Quail (by ear), American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker (by ear), Black Phoebe, Brown Crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Purple Martin, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (by ear), Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jimmy McMorran (Point Reyes Bird Observatory)
Date: Sunday, Aug. 14
The Prothonotary Warbler was in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden again this morning, observed at 0935 and 1015 (a life bird for me!). Lazuli Buntings could be heard below Ayer Lake and also near Queen Creek, and Lark Sparrows were observed on the main trail above Ayer Lake. Also seen and heard today, in BTASP checklist order, were: Turkey Vulture, Common Moorhen, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Wood Pewee, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher (female), Brown Crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, Aug. 11
Notable speciess today were Bullock's Oriole, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (by ear), Wilson's Warbler, Gilded Flicker (by ear), and Willow Flycatcher. Ayer Lake speciess included Common Yellowthroat, Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe, and Great-tailed Grackle. Others seen and heard today were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker (by ear), Brown Crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven (by ear), Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird(by ear), Curve-billed Thrasher (by ear), Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Bunting were audible, too, but the speciess undetermined.


From: Jack Holloway
Date: Sunday, Aug. 7
A Prothonotary Warbler was in the hummingbird/butterfly garden around 0930 am Sunday morning; earlier (about 8:50) a Pacific Slope Flycatcher was close to the Herb Garden.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Friday, Aug. 5
Greater Roadrunner was today's most interesting species. Summer birds including Hooded Oriole, Bell's Vireo and Summer Tanager continue to be reliable for August sightings; also seen and heard around the trails were Pied-billed Grebe, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, , Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 3
Bue Grosbeak and Black-headed Grosbeak were both present Wednesday, and two other highlights were Rufous Hummingbird and Willow Flycatcher. Birds at Ayer Lake included Purple Martin, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe, and Great-tailed Grackle. Also around the trails were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Brown Crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven (by ear), Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren (by ear), Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher (by ear), Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (by ear), Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Alex Tongas and Jennifer Hanley (visiting from New Jersey )
Date: Saturday, July 30
Highlights today include a male Broad-billed Hummingbird and Brown-crested Flycatcher; other speciess around the trails were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, July 24
Two Zone-tailed Hawks were observed on the hillside above the High Trail from about 6-7 am, approximately across from the Herb Garden. Other highlights this morning include Black-chinned Hummingbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Black-headed Grosbeak. Also observed around the trails (in checklist order) were Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown Crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, July 20
Gilded Flicker, Pyrrhuloxia, Bue Grosbeak and Black-headed Grosbeak observed around the trails Thursday. Birds at Ayer Lake included Purple Martin, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe, Great-tailed Grackle. Others around the trails were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Brown Crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren (by ear), Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, July 7
Bue Grosbeak and Pyrrhuloxia were highlights Thursday, and Flycatchers around the Arboretum included Black and Say's Phoebe, Brown Crested and also Vermilion Flycatcher. Birds at Ayer Lake included Great-blue Heron, Violet-green Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot. Others around the trails were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Inca Dove, Lesser Nighthawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren (by ear), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Krys Hammers and Linda Long
Date: Monday, July 4
Most interesting speciess seen today (from 0700-1000 am) was a Greater Roadrunner near the trail above and east of Ayer Lake; other speciess, in the order we saw them, were Black Phoebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, Great-tailed Grackle, Summer Tanager, Gilded Flicker, Lesser Goldfinch, Phainopepla, Turkey Vulture, Gila Woodpecker, Abert's Towhee, Canyon Wren (heard), Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, House Finch, Cardinal, Verdin, Curve-bille Thrasher, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Rough-winged Swallow, Broad-billed Hummingbird, House Sparrow.


From: Grant Loomis and Tyler Loomis
Date: Thursday, June 23
At approximately 6:30 AM the Prothonotary Warbler was near the fountain in the desert legume garden. We first spotted it on the wall behind the fountain, it flew up into a small tree (possibly an acacia) between the fountain and the main trail, and perched about 10 feet off the ground, it then flew back onto the wall, we lost it after that; it may have been going to water. We were at the arboretum for about an hour and a half. Other birds spotted included cardinals, Yellow-breasted Chat, Yellow and also Lucy's Warblers, Aberts Towhee, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, Phainopepla, Turkey Vulture and Verdin along the main trail from the entrance up to Ayers Lake. The Pronothonotary was a beautiful bird, exciting to have the opportunity to see it up close. Tyler got a longer look at it than I did, I was trying to get a picture, but couldn't get the camera focused before it flew off.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Birds at Ayer Lake included Great-blue Heron, Purple Martin, Common Yellowthroat, Black Phoebe, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Violet-green Swallow, and Great-tailed Grackle. Others around the grounds today were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, two American Kestrel's (male, female), White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker (by ear), Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher (male), Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Kathe Anderson, Laura Miller, Lindis Hoffmann, Kathleen Evans and Gilbert Riparian Institute Group
Date: Saturday, June 18
Our most exciting report is a probable Prothonotary Warbler near the entrance to the Desert Legume Garden. Our group saw a warbler with a bright yellow head and chest, no eyebrows, no eyelines, no cap, only black beady eyes broke up the color. The bright yellow extended to the shoulders over the head, and to mid-belly. From mid-belly almost to the tip of the tail, it was quite white. The wings were blue-gray and without bars. The tail was shortish, white underneath, with a grayish band at the end. The bill was black, and heavier and longer than most warbler bills. It was gleaning insects from what I think was a eucalyptus opposite the entrance to the Legume Garden. It was probably about 9AM. It hung around for 2-4 minutes, and everyone got a good look at it. It was probably not ever more than 15-30 feet away while we watched it. It was the bill, the brilliant yellow head, white underbelly and shortish tail that really stood out. Our other exciting species in this area was a gila monster! Other birds seen and heard during the Gilbert Riparian Institute's group bird walk at BTA include: Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Great Blue Heron at Ayer Lake (with Purple Martin and both Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged Swallows overhead); Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Wednesday, June 8
Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chat were notable today; birds at Ayer Lake included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Great-tailed Grackle. Other speciess seen and heard around the trails: Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe (by ear), Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (by ear), Curve-billed Thrasher (by ear), Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (by ear), Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow (by ear).


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, June 5
Common Blackhawk soaring over Queen Creek was bird-of-the-day, and a Cooper's Hawk was also observed. Other speciess seen and heard around the Arboretum trails today were Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Steve Ganley
Date: Sunday, 29 May
The following 39 speciess were seen and heard Sunday morning (we didn't go to Ayer Lake, so no waterbirds): Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning dove, White-winged Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher (young male on Queen Creek near the old bridge), Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (in palm trees opposite bank of Queen Creek near the old bridge), Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Herb Fibel
Date: Saturday, May 28
Cassin's Kingbird and Yellow-breasted Chat were vocal around the trails. Also seen and heard Saturday were Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning dove, Gila Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren , Cactus Wren, Yellow Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Wednesday, May 25
Purple Martin and Common Yellowthroat were interesting speciess near Ayer Lake today; other birds on, nearby or flying over the water included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Great-tailed Grackle, Black Phoebe, Violet-green Swallow and Northern Rough-winged Swallow. Elsewhere around the trails were Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, White-throated Swift, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher (calling), Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren (calling), Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher (calling), Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Friday, May 20
Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Gambel’s Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-winged Dove, Anna’s Hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, White-throated Swift, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick’s Wren, Cactus Wren, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Bell’s Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Lucy’s Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Western Tanager, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Abert’s Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow. Afterwards at the Oak Flat Campground seven miles east of BTA we added: Vermilion Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Scub Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Bushtit, Crissal Thrasher, Wilson’s Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee.


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Wednesday, May 18
White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Gambel’s Quail, House Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher, Costa’s Hummingbird, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Gila Woodpecker, Bell’s Vireo, Lesser Goldfinch, Western Tanager, Cactus Wren, Song Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Pied-billed Grebe, Phainopepla, American Coot,
Great-tailed Grackle, Violet-green Swallow, Black Phoebe, Green Heron, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Common Yellowthroat, Abert’s Towhee, Ladder-backd Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Canyon Wren, Black-throated Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Common Raven, Bronzed Cowbird, Lark Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Lucy’s Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Hooded Oriole, Anna’s Hummingbird, Inca Dove.


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Saturday, May 14
Carlos Ross of Phoenix assisted me during today's North American Migrant Bird Count; tallies were made at the Arboretum from 6-10 am, Oak Flat from 11-12, and Superior from 12-12:30 p.m. Individuals representing a total of 48 speciess found around the trails at BTA include: 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 11 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 9 Gambel's Quail, 1 American Coot, 38 White-winged dove, 6 Mourning dove, 6 Inca Dove, 3 White-throated Swift, 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 6 Anna's Hummingbird, 11 Costa's Hummingbird, 10 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 5 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 10 Bell's Vireo, 1 Warbling Vireo, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 1 Common Raven, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 3 Verdin, 2 Cactus Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 6 Lucy's Warbler, 18 Yellow Warbler, 1 MacGillivray's Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 8 Yellow-breasted Chat, 1 Summer Tanager, 19 Western Tanager, 17 Abert's Towhee, 3 Black-throated Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, 11 Northern Cardinal, 4 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 8 Great-tailed Grackle, 3 Bronzed Cowbird, 2 Hooded Oriole, 4 Bullock's Oriole, 39 House Finch, 23 Lesser Goldfinch and 15 House Sparrow. Our count at Oak Flat (seven miles east of BTA) found 5 Turkey Vulture, 6 Gambel's Quail, 1 White-winged Dove, 3 Mourning Dove, 2 Say's Phoebe, 3 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 4 Cassin's Kingbird, 1 Common Raven, 2 Verdin, 1 Bushtit, 3 Canyon Towhee, 2 Chipping Sparrow, 1 Black-headed Grosbeak and 3 House Finch.


From: Barb & Lou Winterfield
Date: Friday, May 13
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak and Bronzed Cowbird were interesting species today; others seen and heard between 0600-1000 am included Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged dove, Mourning dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: Saturday, May 7 from 0700-1100
We saw a female Lawrence's Goldfinch in Silver King Wash (from the bridge near the Drover's Shed), and another member of my group saw what could only be a male Lawrence's from the same spot. A male Townsend's Warbler was high in a Eucalyptus at the trail junction at the NE corner of the Pine Loop Trail and the Lower Trail into the canyon. Farther up the canyon a Common Black-Hawk was flying eastbound about midmorning, and we saw it from the high point of the trail NE of Ayer Lake. Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Zone-tailed Hawk were additional highlights of our guided birdwalk today as part of the Arboretum's Migratory Bird Day event. Slight overcast skies made for a great morning of birding, additional species were: Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Nashville Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Lawrence's Goldfinsh and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Holloway
Date: Saturday, May 7
I found a singing yellow-throated vireo between 7:40-7:45 at the southwest corner of the demonstration garden. This is quite rare for arizona. also, in the eucalyptus trees by the fountain in the desert legume garden were two Hermit Warblers, 1 Townsend's Warbler & many Wilson's and also Yellow-rumped Warblers.


From: Bruce & John Ray
Date: Wednesday, April 27
Green-tailed Towhee, Summer Tanager, Black-throated Gray Warbler and also Wilson's Warbler were highlights today between 8-10:30 a.m. Other species were Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Cooper's Hawk, White-winged dove, Mourning dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Tuesday, April 19
Cooper's Hawk in the eucalyptus forest was our raptor of the day; all three dove species were also present (White-winged, Mourning and Inca Dove). The pair of nearly-fledged nestlings were still on the Anna's Hummingbird nest in the Demonstration Garden, and we also had Costa's and Broadbilled Hummingbirds today. Additional species today were Gila Woodpecker, a Western Flycatcher specie, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren (by ear), Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cynthia Donald
Date: Saturday, April 16
A Pied-billed Grebe with two chicks on Ayer Lake was among our most fun sightings this morning; we also saw a Gila Monster near the Herb Garden, a Zone-tailed Hawk, Anna's Hummingbird with two nestlings and two handsome Costa's Hummingbirds displaying -- excellent looks at both. More species seen and heard around the trails were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped ("Audubon's" ) Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Monday, April 11
Ash-throated Flycatcher and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher were today's notable species; other ones around the collections and trails were Turkey Vulture, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler , Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bonnie Pranter (Yavapai College)
Date: Sunday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Warbling Vireo and Chipping Sparrow were highlights today, Bell's and also Hutton's Vireo were observed, too. A Geat Blue Heron was at Ayer Lake and oalso American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, and Black Phoebe -- Northern Rough-winged Swallows were overhead. Other species (in checklist order) were Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Lawrence's Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jim Burns
Date: Sunday, April 10
Two raptor species (Cooper's Hawk and also Zone-tailed) were observed today. Four different individual Cooper's were seen, one apparently a sub-adult female, and copulation was also observed. American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Black Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and White Throated Swift were around Ayer Lake. Other species seen and heard: Turkey Vultures, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird (two nesting), Costa's Hummingbird (one nesting), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, one Western Flycatcher, a pair of Ash-throated Flycatchers prospecting cavities near the Herb Garden, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo (female on a nest), Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler "Audubon's" , Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Lawrence's Goldfinch ( 2 pair) and House Sparrow (several nests).


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Sunday, April 10
Highlights today were Lawrence's Goldfinch and Northern Beardless Tyrannulet -- both new for me at Boyce. Other species (in the order they were seen) include Lesser Goldfinch, Gambel’s Quail, Bell’s Vireo, Northern Cardinal, Yellow Warbler, House Finch, Verdin, Turkey Vulture, House Sparrow, White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Hooded Oriole, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Curve-billed Thrasher, Anna’s Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Common Raven, Hutton’s Vireo, White-winged Dove, Song Sparrow, Abert’s Towhee, Brown-headed Cowbird and Mourning Dove.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Sunday, April 10
Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird (5 nests), Costa's Hummingbird (3 nests), Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Western Flycatcher (species?), Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo (nesting), Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (nesting), Brown Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's and also Myrtle), Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Lawrence's Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Tuesday, April 5
A Common Yellowthroat singing at Ayer Lake was new this week, the other treat today was a Rufous Hummingbird zealously guarding the feeder in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Also seen and heard around the Arboretum were: Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, April 2
A juvenile Cooper's Hawk was the only raptor observed today, Turkey Vultures were overhead and a Cassin's Vireo along the creek just before the Herb Garden was the other highlight of our walk. Other species seen and heard: Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird (two nesting), Costa's Hummingbird (one nesting), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, one Western Flycatcher (speces?); Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler "Audubon's" , Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. *Note, a few sightings after the guided birdwalk include American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and White Throated Swift over Ayer Lake; also Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Black Phoebe, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren and another Costa's Hummingbird nesting along the High Trail.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Tuesday, March 29
Hooded orioles in the main parking lot and picnic area were a highlight today. Also seen and heard around the Arboretum were: Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow (demonstration garden), White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cynthia Donald & Peter Moulton
Date: Sunday, March 27
Highlights of the guided walk today were Zone-tailed Hawk (three, maybe four different individuals), Lawrence's Goldfinch and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continues to feed at the Australian Bottle Tree -- look to the left of a taller Palm tree and right behind trail marker #11 just past the Smith Building's east greenhouse. Others today were Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole (several pairs seen - demo garden, Smith building, main trail entry), Lesser Goldfinch, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler (several pairs in the demo garden), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Anna's Hummingbird (nesting in demo garden), Costa's Hummingbird (nesting in demo garden), Gila Woodpecker, Say's Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, House Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Cactus Wren, Cooper's Hawk (juvenile), Canyon Wren, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Bewick's Wren, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird.


From: Jim Burns & Troy Corman
Date: Saturday, March 19
Nearly 40 Turkey Vultures were airborne before we began today's birdwalk; while observing the few that remained perched on the east end of magma ridge our group had a good look at both Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks that flew past, allowing us to compare the size difference between these two similar species. Lucy's Warblers are calling around the trails, and Bell's Vireo have returned; two male Hooded Orioles right behind the Visitor Center were another highlight this morning. Other species today were Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, American Coot, Marsh Wren, Redwing Blackbird Great-tailed Grackle at Ayer Lake (also Violet-Green and Northern Rough-winged Swallows); Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (both Audubon's and Myrtle); Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson & Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, March 17 ("Happy St. Patrick's Day!")
Warblers are exuberantly announcing their return: today we counted Orange-crowned, Lucy's and the Audubon's Yellow-rumped warbler around the trails. There were also at least 36 Turkey Vultures here in the morning. Other species seen and heard include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Redwing Blackbird and Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Ayer Lake. We also saw White-winged Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gilded Flicker (2), Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Lanny Richard & Marna Fontana
Date: Monday, March 14
On a much-too-short three-hour visit to BTA this morning we saw: Hermit Thrush, Spotted and Abert's Towhee, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Redwing Blackbird, 20-25 Turkey Vultures, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird on a nest in Demonstration Garden, Common Raven, Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler; Sparrows (Black-throated near the lake, White-crowned and also House) , Several Northern Cardinal both M/F in all areas of BTA, House Finch, Black Phoebe, Great-tailed Grackle, and Say's Phoebe.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Thursday, March 10
Lesser Goldfinches were definitely the bird-du-jour; our group found a sapsucker, but never got a clear enough view to identify this one as either of the unusual variants often seen these past few weeks. Other birders today reported the Lawrence's Goldfinches. Turkey Vultures are here, and other species around BTA include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Redwing Blackbird and Northern Rough-winged Swallow on (and above) Ayer Lake. Also Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Costa's Hummingbird , Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert'sTowhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow


From: Jane Wicklund & Judy Johnson
Date: Thursday, March 10
Winter birds still present include Hermit Thrush and Dark-eyed Junco. The Green-tailed Towhee was here again today (Spotted and Abert's Towhee as well), and a Great Blue Heron was observed. Other species on our walk include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Ring-necked Duck, Redwing Blackbird and Northern Rough-winged Swallow on, above and around Ayer Lake. We also saw Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird , Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler; four sparrow species (Black-throated, Song, White-crowned and also House) Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Troy Corman
Date: Saturday, March 5
Six Wren species (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's, House and Marsh) were seen and heard on today's weekend birdwalk, and also four different Towhees: Spotted, Canyon, Abert's and Green-tailed. The Green-tailed was shuffling beneath a sugar sumac near trail marker #20 in the Cactus Garden. Nesting activity observed today included the Anna's Hummingbird on a nest just past the "chained-off" section of road that runs beside the picnic area, a phainopepla nesting along Queen Creek south of the Demonstration Garden, and a Black-throated Sparrow pair nesting beside the main trail on the switchback path below the Picketpost House Mansion. A few other highlights today include a Green Heron hunting in the reeds along the south shore of Ayer Lake, and Orange-crowned Warbler near the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden seen right at the beginning of our walk. Our group had a good look at the hybrid Red-breasted Sapsucker in the Demonstration Garden and also the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near the easternmost greenhouse attached to the Smith Building. Today's checklist also includes Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture (2), Ring-necked Duck, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's hummingbird, Costa's hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-Backed Woodpecker, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Thursday and Friday, March 3-4
Interesting species observed March 3 were Greater Roadrunner, Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Lawrence's Goldfinch pair in near Silver King Wash at the edge of the eucalyptus grove; Turkey Vultures have returned for the season, and two roosted overnight. The previously reported Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen, and also Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Northern "Red Shafted" Flicker. Also seen and heard around the grounds March 3 and 4 were Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, a male Ring-necked Duck on Ayer Lake, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, six different Wren species (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's, House and Marsh); Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's and also Myrtle races); a possible Green-tailed Towhee in the Demonstration Garden, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia (south of the Demonstration Garden), Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Lawrence's Goldfinch (in the picnic area) and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson
Date: Wednesday, March 2
A Harris Hawk soaring about the park was bird-of-the-day; others seen and heard around the grounds included Pied-billed Grebe and Ring-necked Duck at Ayer Lake, Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Say's Phoebe (a pair on the ridge overlooking Queen Creek), Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Rufous-winged Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Wednesday, March 2
March 1, our group visited BTA (about 15 people), and we looked at birds and plants. Weather was awesome. We didn't see too many birds; highlights include observing one Anna's Hummingbird building her nest in the Demonstration Garden, which is also where we spotted a hybrid Red-breasted Sapsucker, probably crossed with a Red-naped Sapsucker (see photo). Look for this bird in the northeast corner of the garden, beneath the large eucalyptus trees and feeding from the tree with the most sapsucker wells drilled around it. Other species which were observed or heard around BTA on Tuesday include Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Ring-necked Duck, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Red-breasted SapsuckerXRed-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-Backed Woodpecker, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler(Audubon's), Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Kurt & Cindy Radamaker
Date: Sunday, Feb. 27
Exciting species today include the majestic adult Golden Eagle which soared low and directly overhead as our Sunday birdwalk group strolled through the canyon near Queen Creek, and also a soaring Zone-tailed Hawk. Hutton's Vireo and Ruby-crowned Kinglet were both in the same tree east of the Smith Building, which allowed excellent views and contrasting looks at these two very similar species. We skipped Ayer Lake this morning, so birds seen and heard around the Arboretum included five Gambel's Quail, 1 Eurasian Collared Dove, 4 Mourning Dove, 2 Inca Dove, 4 White-throated Swift, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, five Costa's Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, 2 Common Raven, 6 Verdin, 2 Cactus Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, 6 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 15 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), 4 Spotted Towhee, 6 Abert's Towhee, 1 Song Sparrow, 2 White-crowned Sparrow, 8 Northern Cardinal, 20 Red-winged Blackbird, 20 House Finch, 30 Lesser Goldfinch, 1 Lawrence's Goldfinch and 10 House Sparrow.


From: Brian Sturges (Hailey, Idaho)
Date: Monday, Feb. 21
Gray Catbird and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker were notable species today; also seen/heard around the trails were Pied-billed Grebe, Mallard, Ringnecked Duck and American Coot at Ayer Lake. Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow were also seen and heard.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, Feb. 19
Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gila Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, European Starling, Phainopepla, Cassin's Vireo, Hutton's Verio, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco(Oregon), Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House
Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, Feb. 17
Great day for woodpeckers and sapsuckers: the Red-breasted Sapsucker hybrid was found again, along with Red-naped Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker. Ringnecked Duck, Green Heron, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Redwing Blackbird and Marsh Wren were at Ayer Lake. Gambel's Quail were present and also both Anna's and Costa's Hummingbird species (two young in the nest near the Demonstrartion Garden entrance). Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Audubon's variant of the Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Judy Johnson
Date: Thursday, Feb. 17, between 0830-1200
I observed a life-bird today: a Green-tailed Towhee in the Cactus Garden! A Ladder-backed Woodpecker was at the farthest east wooden ramada, and a Redtailed Hawk below in the canyon along Queen Creek. Others around the grounds included Pied-billed Grebe, Ringnecked Duck, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-chinned Sparrow (three of them east of Ayer Lake), White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 13
Birds seen and heard along the trails today, in order they were encountered, include Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal, House Sparrow, Anna’s Hummingbird, Vedin, Mourning Dove, Gambel’s Quail, Lesser Goldfinch, House Finch, Cactus Wren, Gila Woodpecker, Song Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher, Abert’s Towhee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, Phainopepla, Canyon Wren, Northern Mockingbird, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-throated Sparrow, Rock Wren, Common Raven, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Black Phoebe, Green Heron, and American Coot.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Friday, Feb. 11
Red-breasted Sapsucker was our exciting bird-of-the-day, and additional confirmation was given by Josh Burns of the Sonoran Audubon Society. Other species around the grounds included Ringnecked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Redwing Blackbird at at Ayer Lake;also Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Craig Mandel
Date: Sunday, Feb. 6
The Brown Thrasher was observed this morning between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.; today we also saw Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Gila Woodpecker. Ringnecked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Redwing Blackbird were at Ayer Lake; others around the grounds were Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Pete Moulton & Cynthia Donald
Date: Saturday, Feb. 5
Great morning at the Arboretum - we found a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker just past the Smith Building greenhouse (east side) along the main trail, two Pyrrhuloxia seen east of Ayer Lake as the trail ascends and also Cassin's Vireo and two Hutton's Vireo (same general area). Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Marsh Wren were at Ayer Lake; others around the grounds were Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 2
I have an update on the report of a possible Red-breasted Sapsucker spotted Jan. 28; today in the same tree I saw what appeared to be a hybrid Red-naped Sapsucker (in the Demonstration garden at a tree riddled with woodpecker holes and sapsucker wells). Both Ringnecked Ducks remained at Ayer Lake today along with Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Marsh Wren and Red-winged Blackbird. A Cooper's Hawk was seen; and also three separate Hummingbird species (Broad-billed, Anna's, Costa's) and Gila Woodpecker, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Audubon's race of Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Kathe Anderson & Cheryl
Date: Monday, Jan. 31
All three hummingbird species were present today (Anna's, Costa's and Broad-billed) and a nesting Costa's can be seen right near the entrance to the demonstration garden. Others today were two Ringnecked Ducks, Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at the lake; Red-tailed Hawk, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow (by ear), Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Monday, Jan. 31
Canyon, Cactus and Bewick's Wren were all observed; birds around the grounds also were Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, American Coot and Red-winged Blackbird at Ayer Lake; Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Common Raven, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Phainopepla, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, and Canyon Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund & Judy Johnson
Date: Friday, Jan. 28
Two Ringnecked Ducks were placidly swimming around Ayer Lake close to noon today, our other highlight was seeing the Hutton's Vireo near the creek at the bottom of the hill where the trail takes a sharp turn below the Picketpost House mansion. Other birds today included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Marsh Wren and Red-winged Blackbird all at Ayer Lake, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker and a possible Red-breasted Sapsucker or hybrid; Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Darlene Smyth & Tucson Audubon Society
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 18
A Golden Eagle flying over was our bird of the day; other birds around the grounds included American Coot, Red-winged Blackbird and Pied-billed Grebe (the latter by ear) at Ayer Lake, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker species, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren (both wrens by ear); Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher (heard), Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Rick Wright, Alison Beringer & Darlene Smyth
Date: Saturday, Jan. 15
A Brown Thrasher was once again near trail marker #42 between the palm trees and the Herb Garden, sparrows were also in good number and we saw Black-chinned (alone and with a relatively plain face, most likely a first winter bird), Black-throated, Song, White-throated and White-crowned. Other birds around the grounds included Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund & Judy Johnson
Date: Thursday, Jan. 13
Two Orange-crowned Warblers in the Demonstration Garden were among the highlights birding today, also Hutton's Vireo in the trees below the dam at Ayer Lake, where Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot were seen. Other birds around the grounds included Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Eileen Rutman, Hampshire/Brookline Bird Clubs (Springfield, MA)
Date: separate visits on Jan. 8, 9 & 10, 2005
Lawrence's Goldfinches were seen in the Australian area over the weekend, Lesser Goldfinches were elsewhere around the Arboretum. Pyrrhuloxia and White-throated Sparrow were other highlights. Other birds over the past few days included Pied-billed Grebe, Mallard and American Coot at Ayer Lake; Gambel's Quail, Killdeer, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red Shafted" Flicker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (both Audubon's and Myrtle races), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Cassin's Finch, and House Sparrow.


From: Erv Graber
Date: Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005
The male Pyrrhuloxia at the south corner of the Demonstration Garden was a life bird, and the highlight of this morning. Also seen around the trails were Pied-billed Grebe,Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Friday, Jan. 7, 2005
This was a good day for sparrows: a White-throated was here and also Black-throated, Song, and White-crowned species. Other birds around the trails were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Erv Graber
Date: Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005
A beautifully-patterned female Ladderbacked Woodpecker which was spotted near the "park rules" sign just east of Ayer Lake was the highlight of today's walk. Other species were Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Verdin, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's variant), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird and House Finch.


From: Charles Oldham
Date: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005
Highlights today were a Brown-crested Flycatcher calling and visible near the interpretive ramada east of Ayer Lake and also a White-throated Sparrow within a flock of White-crowned Sparrows along the trail west of the Herb Garden. Other species seen and heard today include American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Christmas Bird Count Volunteers Craig Fisher, Rich Bailowitz & Steve Ganley
Date: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004
Species and total numbers observed during this year's Christmas Bird Count include 3 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Ruddy Duck, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 47 Gambel's Quail, 2 American Coot, 1 Rock Dove, 2 White-winged Dove, 17 Mourning Dove, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 43 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Costa's Hummingbird, 27 Gila Woodpecker, 7 Red-naped Sapsucker, 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 6 Northern Flicker, 2 Black Phoebe, 7 Hutton's Vireo, 3 Common Raven, 28 Verdin, 9 Cactus Wren, 6 Rock Wren, 3 Canyon Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren, 1 House Wren, 4 Marsh Wren, 39 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 31 Hermit Thrush, 3 Northern Mockingbird, 1 Brown Thrasher, 14 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 European Starling, 2 Phainopepla, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, 27 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 51 Northern Cardinal, 19 Spotted Towhee, 3 Canyon Towhee, 65 Abert's Towhee, 4 Brewer's Sparrow, 28 Black-throated Sparrow, 6 Song Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 71 White-crowned Sparrow, 15 Dark-eyed Junco, 31 Red-winged Blackbird, 58 House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, 8 Lawrence's Goldfinch, 43 House Sparrow.


From: Erv Graber & Kim Graber
Date: Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004
Wrens are always enjoyable, today we spotted four separate species: Rock, Canyon, Cactus and Bewick's. White-throated Swift was another highlight of a beautiful day at BTA; other birds seen around the trails included Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake, Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Tobias Rohmer, Trust for Public Lands/Golden Gate Raptor Org.
Date: Friday, Dec. 24, 2004
Brown Thrasher was observed south of the main trail, approximately between the palm trees and Herb Garden. A Hutton's Vireo was seen along the trail close to where it passes by Picketpost House, and a Broad-billed Hummingbird was in the Hummingbird-Butterfly garden. Others include Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Erv Graber
Date: Sunday, Dec. 19
Birds seen and heard around the trails today included Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal and House Finch.


From: Tracy McCarthey
Date: Saturday, Dec. 18
Today's Brown Thrasher sighting, the first reported in the past month at BTA, was the highlight. The bird whooshed across the trail at ground level just past the palm grove, west of the Herb Garden. It remained stationary beneath a coral berry bush (thigh-high with red fruits) on the south side of the mail trail, and gave us a leisurely view. BTA was quiet & peaceful this morning -- the few other species seen and heard during a short walk include American Kestrel perched on the south side of magma ridge, Anna's Hummingbird (numerous and at various locations), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal and Lesser Goldfinch. A brief trip seven miles east to Oak Flat was unproductive (too windy), so I didn't stay very long - but did see a Lewis' Woodpecker at the eastern end of the campground.


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 12
Northern Mockingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Gambel’s Quail, Northern Cardinal, Verdin, Gila Woodpecker, Curve-billed Thrasher, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Lesser Goldfinch, Abert’s Towhee, House Sparrow, Black Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gila Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Plumbeous Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Broad-billed Hummingbird. Plus, a bird probably a first-winter Olive Warbler, by the drover’s shed.


From: Melody Kehl
Date: Saturday, Dec. 11
Two vireos species (Hutton's and Plumbeous) were highlights of the guided birdwalk today, along with a few winter birds including Juniper Titmouse and Dark-eyed Juncos (three of them Pink-sided). Others around the Arboretum included Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake; Red-tailed Hawk, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Yellow-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, Dec. 5
An Olive Warbler was seen flying between hackberry and Eucalyptus trees that line Silver King Wash just north of the white footbridge on today's birdwalk. Also seen and heard throughout the Arboretum were Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Red-shafted Flicker, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow (two in the demonstration garden); White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Steve & Joan Hosmer, Gary Reynolds, Phil Lowe Jr. & Paul Wolterbeek
Date: Sunday, Nov. 28
Rain and chill made for a quiet morning, but one highlight birding the trails today was the reappeance of the White-throated Sparrow -- seen beneath the large tamarisk trees at the east end of the Picnic area (near the High Trail entrance). Both White-crowned Sparrows and Anna's Hummingbirds are numerous and vocal throughout the park. A handsome male Broad-billed Hummingbird guarded the hummingbird-butterfly garden, and gave generous views. Other birds today included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Marsh Wren and Red-winged Blackbird on Ayer Lake, Gambel's Quail near the Demonstration Garden; Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, and Red-naped Sapsucker all working the Picnic area pistachio trees and tamarisks; Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Saturday, Nov. 27
Two Hummingbird species, Anna's and Broad-billed were observed. Other birds, in order on the Arboretum checklist, included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Melody Kehl (http://www.melodysbirdingadventures.com)
Date: Friday, Nov. 26
Ruby-crowned Kinglets (by the dozens, and representing both the calendula and grinnelli subspecies) were present around the Arboretum today. Calendula is very bright and more yellow, the other (grayer) variant is the grinnelli. Both American Goldfinch and Lesser Goldfinch were also present, and the other species of note was an Olive Warbler in the Australian area. Others seen and heard around BTA were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed woodpecker, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Hutton's Vireo, Phainopepla, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Verdin, House Finch, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's, also one Myrtle), White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed and Pink-sided...6 birds all along the creek), Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal and Red-winged Blackbird.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Friday, Nov. 26
All four desert Wren species (Rock, Canyon, Cactus and Bewick's) were present today. Other birds, in Arboretum checklist order, included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Sunday, Nov. 21
Bird-of-the-day was a White-throated Sparrow that was bathing in the stream located in the cul-de-sac at the northwest corner of the Demonstration Garden (turn left after the entrance). This bird was easily observed (and photographed!) from the bench nearby, and there were White-crowned Sparrows present as well. This sighting was at 2 p.m., long after our morning birdwalk was abbreviated by today's rain and hail. Here are the other species seen and heard today: Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed and also Anna's Hummingbirds; Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Gilded Flicker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (many, throughout the Arboretum), Townsend's Solitaire (this one was observed Friday, Nov. 19 in a pistachio tree near trail marker #42, west of the Herb Garden), Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 20
Here's my list from today (in order seen): Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Cardinal, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Spotted Towhee, Anna’s Hummingbird, Abert’s Towhee, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, House Finch, House Sparrow, Gila Woodpecker, Phainopepla, Hermit Thrush, Dark-eyed Junco, Verdin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird (male by herb garden).


From: Josh Burns (Sonoran Audubon Society)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 16
1 Gambel's Quail, 3 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 American Coot, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 8 Anna's Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 8 Red-shafted Flicker group, 2 Black Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 8 Verdin, 3 Rock Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 9 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 10 Audubon's Warbler group, 4 Spotted Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, 2 Abert's Towhee/western form, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 4 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 8 White-crowned Sparrow, 24 Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow (west Taiga), 16 Red-winged Blackbird/interior western group, 6 Pine Siskin, 2 Lesser Goldfinch (females and young), 3 House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman
Date: Sunday, Nov. 14
Our Sunday birdwalk group enjoyed good views of Pine Siskins feeding on the sunflower seedheads on the south bank of Queen Creek near the washed-out bridge; today's other sighting of note came after the birdwalk concluded: this was a group of Red Crossbills that briefly landed in a conifer near trail marker #42, on the south side of the path before continuing along through the canyon. Others seen and heard today, in BTA checklist order, were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Broad-billed and also Anna's Hummingbirds; Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren (calling in Silver King Wash), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing (flock of 13 feeding in a treetop 20 yards behind the visitor center as you begin the main trail), Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Kurt & Cindy Radamaker
Date: Saturday, Nov. 13
No unusual species were observed today, but we did speak with a couple of birders who mentioned they had seen a Brown Thrasher and a Cassin's Vireo. We counted 35 species including 5 Gambel's Quail, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Coot, 3 Mourning Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, 5 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 5 Northern Flicker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 3 Verdin, 2 Cactus Wren, 4 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, 1 House Wren, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 5 Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 5 Spotted Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, 4 Black-throated Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 10 White-crowned Sparrow, 5 Northern Cardinal, 5 House Finch, 4 Lesser Goldfinch, and 10 House Sparrow.


From: Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, Nov. 7
Bird-of-the-day was a White-throated Sparrow observed amongst White-crowneds near the Smith Building greenhouses; Lark Sparrow and Black-throated were also present. Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot were at Ayer Lake, also seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Red-shafted Flicker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Herb Fibel, Maricopa Audubon Society
Date: Saturday, Nov. 6
Gilded Flicker was today's outstanding sighting - other species were Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed and also Anna's Hummingbirds; Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Tracy McCarthey
Date: Saturday, Nov. 6
Two species of Yellow-rumped Warbler, both the Audubon's and Myrtle races, were observed today. Broad-billed and also Anna's Hummingbirds were present, and other species around the gardens included Pied-billed Grebe, American Kestrel, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, (possible White-winged Dove), Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Red-shafted Flicker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Brent Floyd
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 3
Lincoln's Sparrow was the notable species today, other species include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, and House Finch.


From: Kurt & Cindy Radamaker
Date: Sunday, Oct.31
Golden Eagle was the most dramatic species observed during today's walk, with two adults and one likely first-year juvenile all circling high over Ayer Lake. Other highlights were the Brown Creeper seen in the Demonstration Garden and the two male Broad-billed Hummingbirds. Other species seen and heard this morning include 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 10 Gambel's Quail, 2 American Coot, 5 Mourning Dove, 28 Anna's Hummingbird, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 10 Northern Red-shafted Flicker, 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Hutton's Vireo,
1 Common Raven, 6 Verdin, 10 Bushtit, 4 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 6 Bewick's Wren, 20 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Hermit Thrush, 1 Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Phainopepla, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, 10 Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, 4 Spotted Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, 2 Song Sparrow, 10 White-crowned Sparrow, 2 Northern Cardinal, 20 Red-winged Blackbird, 6 Great-tailed Grackle, 20 House Finch, 10 House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 30
I lead a bird walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum this morning Oct 30, with a small group and with very pleasant temperatures. Highlights were a male Broad-billed Hummingbird at the hummingbird and butterfly garden just down from the visitor center, and the Brown Thrasher scratching on the ground below the Mexican Fan Palms just west
of the Herb Garden. Species seen in order encountered: Red-shafted Flicker, Gila Woodpecker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, House Finch, Abert’s Towhee, Anna’s Hummingbird, White-crowned Sparrow, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Verdin, Phainopepla, Northern Mockingbird, Gambel’s Quail, Northern Cardinal, House Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Wren, Brown Thrasher, Cactus Wren, Red-winged Blackbird.


From: Cathy Wise-Gervais
Date: Sunday, Oct. 24
No sign of the trasher or grosbeak this morning. 38 species total for the birdwalk includes: Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-shafted Flicker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo,
Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren (probable at Ayer Lake - the bird disappeared quickly into the reeds), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: Saturday, Oct. 23
Today there was no sign of the Grosbeak reported as recently as Oct. 19, but the season's first Brown Thrasher was observed near the Herb Garden, as well as many Hermit Thrush. Other species during a relatively quiet morning of birding included Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird (in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden), Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Say's Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, female Summer Tanager, female Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, abundant White-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman
Date: Sunday, Oct. 17
The first-year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak reported Saturday was observed again today feeding in the Chinese Pistachio tree at the center of the picnic area. Late for the season, a female Black-chinned Hummingbird was feeding near the front of the Smith Building. Other species included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, "Western" Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Pink sided), Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Saturday, Oct. 16
Bird-of-the-day was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak observed feeding in the Chinese Pistachio tree in the picnic area. Other species included Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, American Coot, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Western Wood Pewee, Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Redwing Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 12
Costa's Hummingbird was the species of note today; others observed included Pied-billed Grebe, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Hutton's Vireo, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Wilson's Warbler,Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday, Oct. 10
Nearly all Wren species (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's, House and Marsh) were found today, and other species of note included Brown Creeper and Red-breasted Nuthatch. Others from today's checklist include: Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Cassin's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided race), Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, Oct. 9
A Red-breasted Nuthatch in the picnic area today was notable, others on today's checklist were Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Western Flycatcher, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin; four Wren species (Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's and Marsh) , Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush (near pistachio trees west of the Herb Garden), Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped "Audubon's" Warbler, Macgillivray's Warbler (near Australian walkabout birdge), Summer Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 6
Green Heron and Cooper's Hawk were observed; other species today's include Gambel's Quail,american Coot, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, Oct. 3
Three different towhee species were observed today (Green-tailed, Spotted and Abert's). Other birds around the Arboretum included Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Vaux's Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Verdin, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Melody Kehl
Date: Saturday, Oct. 2
Swainson's Thrush just west of the Herb Garden and MacGillivray's Warbler in the Demonstration Garden were highlights of the walk this morning. Others around the Arboretum included Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Vaux's Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Black Phoebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Common Raven, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sept 25-26
It was windy Friday night and continued that way throughout Saturday, diminishing on Sunday. Though numbers of transients were generally low, the variety of species was rewarding. Highlights included a Peregrine Falcon flying over the cliffs along Queen Creek, two Dusky-capped Flycatchers foraging on insects and pistachio fruit at the east end of the herb garden (with two seasonally-late Ash-throated Flycatchers conveniently nearby for comparison!), an Olive-sided Flycatcher sallying from high atop treetops in the picnic ground and over nearby Queen Creek, 2 Cedar Waxwings in the heavily fruit-laden picnic grounds pistachio tree where a Swainson’s Thrush and numerous other species feasted on deep blue berries, and a smattering of vireos and warblers. Western Tanagers were abundant, but Black-headed Grosbeaks were scarce and no buntings were found. Some winter-resident species trickled in, including Sharp-shinned Hawk, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, “Audubon’s” Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln’s and White-crowned Sparrows, and Brewer’s Blackbirds (roosting in Ayer Lake’s marsh). Red-naped Sapsuckers and Western Scrub-Jay had been previously reported. Late Blue Grosbeaks, an early Cassin’s Finch, and later 2 Pine Siskins were surprising. A Loggerhead Shrike perched in the glow of sunset on the hill east of Ayer Lake a few minutes before a solitary Lesser Nighthawk glided over Ayer Lake. Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Gambel’s Quail, American Coot, Mourning and Inca Doves, Lesser Nighthawk, Broad-billed, Anna’s, and Rufous Hummingbirds, Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Red-naped Sapsucker (numerous), “Red-shafted” Flicker (several), Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond’s and “Western” Flycatchers, Black & Say’s Phoebes, Loggerhead Shrike, Bell’s (1 singing male), Plumbeous, Cassin’s, and Warbling (numerous) Vireos, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock, Cactus, Canyon, Bewick’s, House, & Marsh Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1), Swainson’s Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned, Nashville, “Audubon’s”, Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s (2), MacGillivray’s, and Wilson’s Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Western & Summer Tanagers, Green-tailed, Spotted, Canyon, & Abert’s Towhees, Rufous-crowned, Chipping, Black-throated, Song, Lincoln’s, & White-crowned Sparrows, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia (at hackberries at west end of demo garden), Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Brewer’s Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird (2 to Ayer marsh with blackbirds at sunset), Cassin’s Finch, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, Sept. 26
Song Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow were both present today. Other species include Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Western Wood Pe-wee, Black Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Verdin, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Callista McDoure
Date: Monday, Sept. 20
Two raptors today were Cooper's Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk; other species include Pied-billed Grebe, Gambel's Quail, Inca Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Scott's Oriole and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Holloway & Tom Rawles
Date: Sunday, Sept. 19
Five Wren species (Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Bewick's and House) were a highlight of this morning; also present were Broad-billed, Anna's and Rufous Hummingbirds. Three "Western" (Pacific Slope, Cordilleran) Flycatchers and two Green-tailed Towhees are also particularly notable. Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot were at Ayer Lake, others include Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, Sept. 16
Vesper Sparrow, Great Horned Owl and Greater Roadrunner were two of the more unusual species observed today; Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot were at Ayer Lake. Others were Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, three Hummingbird species (Broad-billed, Anna's, Rufous), Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Cassin's Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren and Cactus Wren (both by ear), House Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Saturday, Sept. 11
Zone-tailed Hawk was seen, birds around Ayer Lake included include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Black Phoebe; others were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Herb Fibel
Date: Monday, Sept. 6
Hooded Oriole and Black-headed Grosbeak were among the more colorful species seen today; others seen and heard include Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Phainopepla, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Jack Holloway
Date: Sunday, Sept. 5
A few of the more interesting birds sighted today in and near the Demonstration Garden include a Green-tailed Towhee and two Lark Sparrows. About a dozen Purple Martins were flying above Ayer Lake; near the Herb Garden were a Willow Flycatcher, Scott's Oriole, Crissal Thrasher, three Western Flycatchers and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher. Lazuli Bunting was seen, and today's warbler species included Wilson's, Orange-crowned, and Yellow.


From: Steve Hosmer
Date: Sunday, Sept. 5
Black-chinned Hummingbird was among the more interesting sightings today; others include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Wood Pewee, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak (numerous), Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, Sept. 5
Early Fall migrants appear to be returning, with Hermit Thrush and Red-naped Sapsucker both seen and heard today from about 8-11 a.m. Hummingbirds observed were Broad-billed, Anna's and Rufous; also seen and heard today were Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove; Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Wood Pewee, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Western-scrub Jay, Verdin, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak (numerous), Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bruce & Rosemary Ray
Date: Sunday, Sept. 5
Three Hummingbird species (Broad-billed, Costa's and Rufous) were observed this morning. Others seen and heard included Belted Kingfisher, Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake, Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove; Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-Green Swallow, Verdin, Rock Wren (heard), Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 4
A Zone-tailed Hawk was observed at 7:00 a.m. from the new suspension bridge; this was before the start of this morning's birdwalk organized by the Maricopa Audubon Society; other species throughout the morning included Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Lesser Goldfinch, Curve-billed Thrasher, Gambel’s Quail, Common Raven, Phainopepla, White-throated Swift, Yellow Warbler, Rock Wren, Gila Woodpecker, Bewick’s Wren, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Western Tanager, House Finch, Bell’s Vireo, Turkey Vulture, Verdin, Yellow-breasted Chat, Wilson’s Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, Cedar Waxwing, Warbling Vireo, Anna’s Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Purple Martin (2 by lake), Pied-billed Grebe, Spotted Sandpiper, American Coot, Western Kingbird, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Inca Dove.


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Monday, Aug. 23
Ladder-backed and also Gila Woodpecker were seen; others around the gardens included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Black Phoebe at Ayer Lake, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed, and Anna's Hummingbirds, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren (heard), Cactus Wren (heard), Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Sunday, Aug. 22
Zone-tailed and also Red-tailed Hawks were seen today; others included Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot at Ayer Lake, Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove; Broad-billed, Rufous and Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Virginia's Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak (numerous), House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: Sunday, Aug. 22
Today was a good one for warblers: numerous Yellow Warblers were found around the Hummingbird/Butterfly and also the Demonstration Gardens, where MacGillivray's, and Lucy's were also seen. Three Hummingbird species (Broad-billed, Rufous, Anna's were seen amogst these two particular collections, as well). Wilson's Warbler was observed near the Picnic area, and both Summer and Western Tanager species were seen in & around the tall Salt Cedars just west of the Drover's Shed. Species around Ayer Lake included Marsh Wren, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe and a family of Phainopepla. Others seen and heard around the Arboretum included Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove and Inca Dove; Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, , Verdin, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Spotted Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, Aug. 12
Rufous and also Broad-billed Hummingbird were both seen this week, Willow flycatcher continues to be present and notable warbler species include Orange-crowned, Nashville, and Yellow. Other species seen and heard include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail (by ear), American Coot, three dove species (White-winged, Mourning, Inca); Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker (heard), Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Northern Mockingbird, both Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers (heard), Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee (heard), Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, Aug. 5
Willow flycatcher, Nashville Warbler and Wilson's Warbler were the highlights today; oher species seen and heard include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning and Inca doves; Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, either Pacific Slope or Cordilleran Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird (heard), both Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers (heard), Phainopepla, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, Aug. 2
Photography was my goal today, so this short list doesn't include many species. Those seen and heard include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, three dove species (White-winged, Mourning and Inca); Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Friday, July 30
Lark Sparrow was among the more interesting sightings Friday, along with a
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (tending young) and also a Gila Woodpecker. Other species were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, three dove species (White-winged, Mourning and Inca); Black-chinned Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Common Raven, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, a female Summer Tanager feeding young, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, July 29
A Zone-tailed Hawk soaring overhead was the highlight today, and two Vireo species (Bell's and also Warbling) were observed around the trails. Birds around Ayer Lake included Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Common Yellowthroat and Black Phoebe; others were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged, Mourning and Inca dove; Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird (heard), Ladder-backed and Gila Woodpeckers; Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren (heard), Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee (heard), Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Ken Linker & Jim Ritterhouse
Date: Tuesday, July 27
Broad-billed Hummingbird and also Anna's Hummingbird were seen today; other species include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged, Mourning and Inca dove, Ladder-backed and Gila Woodpecker Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Gray Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, July 22
Ladder-backed and Gila Woodpecker were both observed around the trails; other species include Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk (heard), Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged, Mourning and Inca dove; Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, July 15
Two Oriole species (Bullock's, Hooded) were both seen; other species include Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Phoebe and Cliff Swallow around Ayer Lake today; also Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail; White-winged, Mourning and Inca dove; Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (heard), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, July 8
Both Crissal and Curve-billed Thrasher were observed today; Cliff Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Black Phoebe were observed at Ayer Lake today and other species throughout the grounds included Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail; White-winged, Mourning and Inca dove, Lesser Nighthawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Barb & Lou Winterfield
Date: Monday, July 5
Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Martin and Summer Tanager were among the colorful highlights around the trails today, other sepcies include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Black Phoebe at Ayer Lake; also Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail; White-winged and Mourning Doves, Lesser Nighthawk, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (heard), Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Saturday, July 3
Three different flycatchers (Vermillion, Ash-throated and Brown-crested) were observed around the trails today; American Coot and Black Phoebe were observed at Ayer Lake and other species included White-winged Dove, Mourning and Inca dove; Gila Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, July 1
Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Black Phoebe were observed at Ayer Lake today; other species throughout the grounds on the first day of July from 0840-1140 included Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail; White-winged, Mourning and Inca dove, Lesser Nighthawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren (heard), Bewick's Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Black-headed Grosbeak (heard), Blue Grosbeak, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Thursday, June 24
Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Black Phoebe were observed at Ayer Lake today; other species throughout the grounds included Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, three dove species (White-winged, Mourning and Inca); Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermillion Flycatcher (juvenile), Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren (heard), Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher (heard), Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (heard), Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia, Blue Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday, June 19
A Mallard was observed at Ayer Lake today, along with Black Phoebe. Other species throughout the grounds included Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, three dove species (White-winged, Mourning and Inca); White-throated Swift, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Say's Phoebe, Vermillion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren (observed removing a Verdin nestling from the nest!), Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. One other highlight was a sturdy Gila Monster seen at about 8:48 a.m. near the large Eucalyptus stump below and just west of Ayer Lake (north side of Main Trail).


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Thursday, June 10
New at Ayer Lake today was a Mallard, Pied-billed Grebe was also observed. Other species around the Arboretum included Turkey Vulture, three dove species (White-winged, Mourning and Inca); White-throated Swift, Costa's Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Diana Stuart
Date: Saturday, June 5
Chat(s) were found right at the start of the Main Trail next to the Demonstration Garden. After that the bird was almost obnoxiously accommodating! Great looks, great listens, very active. Bell's vireos were also easily heard in the same area, and more surprisingly, easily seen. Also there a group of Lesser Goldfinches provided a surprise with a Black-backed male included. Brown-crested Flycatchers, Ash-throated flycatchers, Bewick's Wrens, Yellow Warblers, Northern Cardinals, Phainopeplas, Song Sparrows, and Abert's Towhees were all easily seen without moving from the spot near the bench and little kiosk. But the best bird of the day was a first year female Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the same place! Heavy breast streaking and very defined head striping helped convince me it wasn't a Black-headed. Not bad to get two lifers (Chat and Grosbeak) while sitting in the shade and barely moving! Summer Tanager in the Eucalypts near the Outback Bridge was easily seen. Didn't see any of the Orioles, but they weren't my target, nor did I zero in on numerous hummers about. Had my butterfly book, but not enough time to do them justice, so have decided to go back just to focus on them - lots of them! Other species included Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail White-winged, Mourning and Inca doves, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and House Finch. Hummm, maybe I "left something behind" and will need to go back next weekend to see if I can "find" it


From: Bruce Ray
Date: Sunday, May 30
All three dove species (White-winged, Mourning and Inca) were observed today; other species around the Arboretum included Cooper's Hawk, White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Melody Kehl
Date: Saturday, May 29
Colorful species including both Summer and Western Tanager were seen Saturday. Other species around the Arboretum included Broad-billed Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, Scott's Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Campbell, Joyce Goodman & Friends
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Yellow-breasted Chat parents tending young in a nest in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden was the highlight of our walk. Other species seen and heard around the Arboretum include Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White Throated Swift, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, (possible) Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak (female), Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Vera Walters
Date: Wednesday, May 19
Western Wood-Pewee in the pine loop area was the bird of the day; others include Turkey Vulture, nesting Cooper's Hawk, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, White Throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird (nesting), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Violet- Green Swallow, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla (nesting), Bell's Vireo, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Abert's Towhee, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch (see recent photos at http://home.earthlink.net/~richditch)
Date: Saturday, May 8
Species seen during our World Migratory Bird Day birdwalk included Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Violet-green Swallow, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon
Wren, Bewick's Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Bell's Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Kurt Radamaker
Date: Saturday, May 8
25 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 12 Gambel's Quail, 15 White-winged Dove, 20 Mourning Dove, 6 Inca Dove, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird (male), 4 Anna's Hummingbird (1 nest), 6 Costa's hummingbird (male displaying), 8 Gila Woodpecker (nest with 2 young), 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Vermilion Flycatcher (adult male singing), 6 Brown-crested Flycatcher (mated pairs), 15 Bell's Vireo (many singing), 1 Warbling Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 10 Verdin, 1 Canyon Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren (one at nest), 2 Gnatcatcher (sp) heard only, 1 Hermit Thrush, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 6 Phainopepla, 20+ Lucy's Warbler, 10+ Yellow Warbler, 1 Townsend's Warbler, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 10 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Summer Tanager (mated pair), 6 Abert's Towhees (3 pairs), 2 Song sparrow, 2 White-Crowned Sparrow (both dark lored), 17 Northern Cardinal, 1 Bunting (sp) buzzy call heard only; 2 Bronzed Cowbird, 2 Brown-headed Cowbird, 8 Hooded Oriole (mated pairs), 30 House Finch, 40 Lesser Goldfinch (one black-backed version, 1 on nest), 10 House Sparrow. REPTILES: 5 Greater Earless Lizard, 2 Zebra-tailed Lizard, 5 Ornate Tree Lizard, 2 Eastern Fence Lizard, 1 Clark's Spiny Lizard, 4 Desert Spiny Lizard, 1 Sonoran Whipsnake (in a tree being scolded by Cardinals (nice); 20 Western Whiptails. MAMMALS: 6 Rock Squirrels, 1 Chipmunk Or Antelope Squirrel. BUTTERFLIES 20+ American Snout, 2 Sleepy orange, 4 Common Buckeye, 2 Empress Leilia, 1 Leda Ministreak, 2 Dainty Sulphur, 10+ Pipevine Swallowtail, 5+ Checkered White, 1 Tiny Checkerspot, 3 Texan Cresent, 3 Common Buckeye, 5 Queen, 2 Western-pygmy Blue, 4 Mexican Yellow, 4 Sulphur(sp) 4 Blue (sp)


From: Jack Holloway
Date: May 8
6 Gambel's Quail, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 20 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 20 White-winged Dove, 4 Mourning Dove, 2 White-throated Swift, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 5 Costa's Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Black Phoebe, 1 Vermilion Flycatcher, 8 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 4 Bell's Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 7 Violet-green Swallow, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 4 Verdin, 3 Canyon Wren, 5 Bewick's Wren, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 3 European Starling, 5 Phainopepla, 5 Lucy's Warbler, 10 Yellow Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 6 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Summer Tanager, 3 Abert's Towhee, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 9 Northern Cardinal, 1 Black-headed Grosbeak, 2 Great-tailed Grackle, 1 Bronzed Cowbird, 4 Hooded Oriole, 5 House Finch, 5 Lesser Goldfinch, 3 House Sparrow. OAK FLATS CAMPGROUND was visited after the Arboretum, with these species observed: 3 Gambel's Quail, 6 Turkey Vulture, 3 Mourning Dove, 4 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Hammond's Flycatcher, 1 Gray Flycatcher, 1 Dusky Flycatcher, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 1 Cassin's Kingbird, 1 Gray Vireo, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 2 Juniper Titmouse, 2 Verdin, 2 Bushtit, 3 Bewick's Wren, 4 Phainopepla, 3 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Yellow Warbler, 4 Wilson's Warbler, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Green-tailed Towhee, 2 Spotted Towhee, 3 Canyon Towhee, 3 Chipping Sparrow, 3 Lark Sparrow, 6 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Lesser Goldfinch


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, May 8
Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper’s Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-Winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-Throated Swift, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladderbacked Woodpecker, Northern Beardless Tyrranulet, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy’s warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Breasted Chat, Abert’s Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Marjorie Eckman (Maricopa Audubon Society)
Date: Saturday, May 1
Black-headed Grosbeak was a highlight this morning and species seen and heard at Ayer Lake included Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Black Phoebe. Others today were Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, 3 Doves (White-winged, Mourning & Inca), 4 Hummingbird spp (Black-chinned, Anna's, Costa's & Broad-tailed), Gila Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (nesting, near new bridge to the high trail), Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler (female), Yellow Breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Herb Fibel birding group
Date: Saturday, May 1
Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot were seen at Ayer Lake; our checklist continues with Turkey Vulture, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird (also Black-chinned and Costa's), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow Breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday/Monday, April 25 -26
Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed & Red-tailed Hawks, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged, Mourning, & Inca Doves, Lesser Nighthawk, Common Poorwill, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Anna's, Costa's, and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Belted Kingfisher, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Hammond's, Gray, & Dusky Flycatchers, Black Phoebe (nestlings at Ayer Lake), Say's Phoebe, Bell's, Plumbeous, Cassin's, & Warbling Vireos; Ash-throated & Brown-crested Flycatchers, Cassin's & Western Kingbirds, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Violet-green & N. Rough-winged Swallows, Verdin, Rock, Cactus, Canyon, Bewick's, House , & Marsh Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray (nestlings) & Black-tailed Gnatcatchers, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla; Orange-crowned, Virginia's, Lucy's, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, & Black-throated Gray, MacGillivray's Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Green-tailed, Canyon, & Abert's Towhees, Rufous-crowned, Chipping, Brewer's, Lark, Black-throated, Song, Lincoln's, & White-crowned Sparrows, Great-tailed Grackle, Bronzed & Brown-headed Cowbirds, Bullock's, Hooded, & Scott's Orioles, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow.


From: Tracy McCarthey
Date: Sunday, April 25
Interesting reports from our Sunday birdwalk today included Spotted Sandpiper at Ayer Lake, Gilded Flicker and Warbling Vireo. Others around the Arboretum included Turkey Vulture, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren (nest near Herb Garden), Cactus Wren, Bewick's Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Yellow Breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Note: Marjorie Eckman attended the Sunday walk and reported additional species: Pied-billed Grebe, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Northern "Red Shafted" Flicker, Cassin's Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow.


From: Brian Ison and Marceline VanDeWater (Wild Bird Center, Scottsdale)
Date: Saturday, April 24
The Black-chinned Hummingbird was among highlights of today's birdwalk, Green-tailed Towhee was also observed today. Other species throughout the Arboretum included Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Gambel's Quail, American Coot, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Western Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (nesting, near new bridge to the high trail), Hermit Thrush, European Starling, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Bill Hughes
Date: Friday, April 23
Highlight today was the Cooper's Hawk perched on cliffs south of Queen Creek and visible from the Arboretum. Other species en and heard include Turkey Vulture, Common Raven, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch,House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Verdin, Hooded Oriole, Abert's Towhee,Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Yellow Breasted Chat, Northern Cardinal, (male & female), Phainopepla, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Giila Woodpecker, Gambel's Quail, Curve-billed Thrasher, Violet-green Swallow, Empidonax Flycatcher, Lesser Goldfinch, Lark Sparrow.


From: Marceline VanDeWater
Date: Sunday, April 18
A small Green-tailed Towhee scuffing in leaves under bushes between the Drover's Shed and Queen Creek was the highlight today. Common Yellowthroat, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, and Black Phoebe were seen and heard around Ayer Lake; other species Sunday included Gambel's Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Western Scrub Jay, Common Raven, Verdin, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Yellow Breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, Hooded Oriole (mal