Bird Sightings -- Updated Saturday April 5

EDITOR'S NOTE: a Northern Saw-whet Owl perched in a shrub East of our Herb Garden on March 4-5, 2007; check out the great photograph by Marceline Vandewater. In November, 2006, Sheri Williamson and volunteers from Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory captured and leg-banded our resident hybrid Violet-crowned x. Broad-billed Hummingbird, check out this link for a "band-the-bird" slideshow of photos by Randy Forrest. The most recent report of this bird was January 28, Monday, guarding the nectar feeders and posing for photographers in our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden.

Spring 8:30 a.m. bird walks continue on April 13 with Dave Powell and Marceline VandeWater returning as our special guest bird walk leaders. Kathe Anderson will guide the tour on April 19 and the final scheduled walk lead by Rich Ditch on April 27, please join us!

Bird reports from all across AZ in greater detail can be read at the excellent website: http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/AZNM.html. Recent Arboretum checklist reports include:

From: Troy Corman, Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald
Date: Monday, March 31
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.


 

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