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Daytona - St Augustine - Blue Spring Trip List (Mar 16-19 2010) Mar. 29th, 2010 @ 09:34 am
I'm behind on posting my lifers.  WAY behind.  But here's a trip list to whet the appetite for now.

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Current Location: 32835
Current Mood: accomplished

Rocky Point Trip List (So Far) May. 25th, 2008 @ 06:26 am
US Birds
Turkey Vulture - Vekol Valley, Gila Bend, Black Gap, Crater Range, Ajo, Why, Organ Pipe
Sharp-shinned Hawk - Tempe
Red-tailed Hawk - Organ Pipe
American Kestrel - Tempe
Rock Pigeon - Tempe, Maricopa
White-winged Dove - Tempe, Vekol Valley, Ajo, Why, Organ Pipe
Mourning Dove - Tempe, Stanfield, Vekol Valley, Gila Bend, Organ Pipe
White-throated Swift - Organ Pipe
Common Raven - Stanfield, Vekol Valley, Gila Bend, Black Gap, Why, Organ Pipe
Verdin - Gila Bend
European Starling - Tempe, Maricopa
Northern Mockingbird - Tempe
Great-tailed Grackle - Tempe, Maricopa, Stanfield, Ajo
House Sparrow - Tempe, Ajo

Turkey Vulture 12
Rock Pigeon 2
White-winged Dove 1
Great-tailed Grackle 7
House Sparrow 9

S of Sonoyta
Turkey Vulture 3
Common Raven 3

San Jeronimo
Turkey Vulture 5

El Chamizal
White-winged Dove 1
Turkey Vulture 4

Rancho Cheverry
Turkey Vulture 6

Sierra Blanca
Turkey Vulture 1

Ejido Agua Zorca
Turkey Vulture 2
White-winged Dove 1
Common Raven 3

N of Puerto Penasco
Turkey Vulture 2

Puerto Penasco - Driving
Brown Pelican 1
Rock Pigeon 11
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1
Great-tailed Grackle 10
House Sparrow 7

Puerto Penasco - Malecon / Harbor
Eared Grebe 1
Magnificent Frigatebird 1
Least Storm-Petrel 3
Brown Pelican 28
Great Blue Heron 1
Heermann's Gull 25
Yellow-footed Gull 7

Least Tern 5
Rock Pigeon 10
White-throated Swift 3
Great-tailed Grackle 10
House Sparrow 4

Puerto Penasco - Cholla Bay

Eared Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 6
Reddish Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Ring-billed Gull 3
Yellow-footed Gull 2
Elegant Tern 5
Least Tern 4

Puerto Penasco - Sandy Beach
Eared Grebe 2
Least Storm-Petrel 4
Red-billed Tropicbird 1
Magnificent Frigatebird 1
Brown Booby 1
Brown Pelican 13
White-faced Ibis 35
American Oystercatcher 1
Wilson's Plover 3

Heermann's Gull 38
Yellow-footed Gull 4
Ring-billed Gull 3
Elegant Tern 2
Rock Pigeon 5
House Sparrow 12

Puerto Penasco - Desert Oasis Resort
Lesser Nighthawk 1
House Finch 5
House Sparrow 15
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
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Potential lifers Dec. 1st, 2007 @ 01:29 pm
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Current Location: 85281
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

Been a while, huh? Dec. 1st, 2007 @ 12:13 pm
Lifers since July 1996:


# Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa (Burmeister, 1839) -- 24 Jul 2007 Amity OR USA


# Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus (Cramer, 1777) -- 13 Oct 2006 Tortilla Flat AZ USA
# Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus (Hübner, 1818) -- 6 Nov 2006 Gilbert AZ USA
# White-lined Sphinx Hyles lineata (Fabricius, 1775) -- 27 Feb 2007 Tempe AZ USA
# Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia (Geyer, 1837) -- 31 Mar 2007 Sunflower AZ USA
# Pale Swallowtail Papilio eurymedon Lucas, 1852 -- 24 Jul 2007 Amity OR USA
# Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon Lucas, 1858 -- 25 Jul 2007 Marys Peak - Siuslaw NF OR USA
# Sara Orangetip Anthocharis sara (Lucas, 1852) -- 25 Jul 2007 Marys Peak - Siuslaw NF OR USA
# Clodius Parnassian Parnassius clodius Menetries, 1857 -- 25 Jul 2007 Marys Peak - Siuslaw NF OR USA
# Great Spangled Fritillary Speyeria cybele (Fabricius, 1775) -- 25 Jul 2007 Marys Peak - Siuslaw NF OR USA
# Zerene Fritillary Speyeria zerene (Boisduval, 1852) -- 25 Jul 2007 Marys Peak - Siuslaw NF OR USA
# Western Meadow Fritillary Clossiana epithore (W.H. Edwards, 1864) -- 25 Jul 2007 Marys Peak - Siuslaw NF OR USA
# Western Pygmy-Blue Brephidium exilis (Boisduval, 1852) -- 13 Nov 2007 Tempe AZ USA


# Quitobaquito Pupfish Cyprinodon eremus Miller and Fuiman, 1987 -- 24 Dec 2006 Organ Pipe Cactus NM AZ USA


# Red-spotted Toad Bufo punctatus Baird and Girard, 1852 -- 13 Oct 2006 Tortilla Flat AZ USA
# Woodhouse's Toad Bufo woodhousii Girard, 1854 -- 17 Feb 2007 Mesa AZ USA


# Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis Baird and Girard, 1852 -- 29 Jul 2006 Dana Point CA USA
# Desert Tortoise Gopherus agassizii (Cooper, 1863) -- 1 Sep 2006 Superior AZ USA
# Regal Horned Lizard Phrynosoma solare (Gray, 1845) -- 1 Sep 2006 Miami AZ USA
# Eastern Collared Lizard Crotaphytus collaris (Say, 1823) -- 31 Mar 2007 Sunflower AZ USA
# Desert Iguana Dipsosaurus dorsalis (Baird and Girard, 1852) -- 15 Apr 2007 Phoenix AZ USA


# Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina 27 Jul 2006 Phoenix AZ USA
# Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria 27 Jul 2006 Gilbert AZ USA
# Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 30 Jul 2006 Newport Beach CA USA
# Black Skimmer Rynchops niger 30 Jul 2006 Huntington Beach CA USA
# Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans 30 Jul 2006 Huntington Beach CA USA
# Snowy Plover Charadrius nivalis 30 Jul 2006 Huntington Beach CA USA
# Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa 30 Jul 2006 Huntington Beach CA USA
# Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii 19 Dec 2006 Goodyear AZ USA
# Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus 4 Jan 2007 Tempe AZ USA
# Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens 22 Jul 2007 Portland OR USA
# Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum 22 Jul 2007 Amity OR USA
# American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis 23 Jul 2007 Amity OR USA
# Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa 25 Jul 2007 Marys Peak - Siuslaw NF OR USA
# Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber 25 Jul 2007 Amity OR USA
# Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus 28 Jul 2007 Santa Monica CA USA
# Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus 13 Oct 2007 Gilbert AZ USA
# Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa 12 Nov 2007 Casa Grande AZ USA
# Mexican Duck Anas diazi 18 Nov 2007 Phoenix AZ USA


# Dulzura Kangaroo Rat Dipodomys simulans 30 Jul 2006 Newport Beach CA USA
# House Mouse Mus musculus 19 Nov 2006 Tempe AZ USA
# Collared Peccary Tayassu tajacu 2 Jan 2007 Cave Creek AZ USA
# Bighorn Sheep Ovis canadensis 7 Jul 2007 Canyon Lake AZ USA
# Gray Whale Eschrichtius robustus 24 Jul 2007 Cape Foulweather OR USA
Current Location: 85281
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

Been a while Sep. 18th, 2007 @ 05:08 pm
Oregon lifers:

Glaucous-winged Gull
Cedar Waxwing
American Goldfinch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Sapsucker

California lifer:
Parasitic Jaeger

Today's highlights:
ASU Secret Garden
Green-tailed Towhee 1
MacGillivray's Warbler 1

And I wasn't even birding!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Other entries
» Belated "RBA"
Not a real RBA -- Phoenix still doesn't have one yet.

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» One More to 400
395. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 30 Jul 2006 Newport Beach CA USA
396. Black Skimmer Rynchops niger 30 Jul 2006 Huntington Beach CA USA
397. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans 30 Jul 2006 Huntington Beach CA USA
398. Snowy Plover Charadrius nivalis 30 Jul 2006 Huntington Beach CA USA
399. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa 30 Jul 2006 Huntington Beach CA USA

Missed: Royal Tern, California Gnatcatcher, Reddish Egret

But we know what this means: there's a chance lifer 400 could be Aztec Thrush!
» Phoenix Area Birding 27 Jul
393. Hooded Warbler
394. Solitary Sandpiper

Targets missed: Snowy Plover, Stilt Sandpiper

A male Hooded Warbler had been reported this morning on the local birding ML, apparently hanging around Rio Salado Wetlands. So of course I chased it. I hadn't counted on it being in the low 100s with 60-70% humidity ... UTTERLY MISERABLE. The folks this morning had stated that the bird was responsive to pishing, but with the droning midday cicadas and Rio Salado's unfortunate acoustics (being directly under the westbound takeoff path of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport) pishing was clearly not an option. So, after an hour and a half of chasing Verdins and Anna's Hummingbirds and Abert's Towhees, I got a brief glimpse -- bright, BRIGHT yellow underbelly, obvious black "hood" around the face ... yep, Hooded Warbler indeed. Attempts to get better views were stymied by thick vegetation (usually not a problem in Arizona but this was a fairly thickety area on the riverbank) so it was off to Gilbert.

By this point it was the hottest time of the day. I don't really have a choice here: it's either now or no birding at all, as mornings are currently taken up by a 9:30am Japanese course and the corresponding commute. Gilbert Water Ranch is a classic birder haven: soggy and foul-smelling, a veritable temple to water reclamation and its value to wild creatures and those brave enough to seek them. Today's wild creature features were peeps: the targets being Snowy Plover, Stilt Sandpiper, and Solitary Sandpiper. Of course, the one I DID see was the last bird I saw: until then, it was a parade of pond poodles (Black-necked Stilts), the odd American Avocet, summer-plumaged Long-billed Dowitchers, both Yellowlegs species, and zillions of Killdeer. The sighting location for the Snowy was being patrolled by a housecat (aka THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE): this obviously drove the plover into hiding, but was of no consequence to the half-dozen oversummering Canada Geese (actually a pair and four fully-grown fledglings from this summer's brood). Herons and egrets were easy to find as well ... but after almost two hours, seeing the dull-green legs of the Solitary Sandpiper were really a relief. Too drained to go any further by this point, it was simply time to go home, but then, the law of diminishing returns has really caught up to me at this point, at least for Maricopa County. I may try for Snowy Plover and Stilt Sandpiper again next week, but I can't expect too many more lifers out of this region from this point on.

It's just as well that I'll be trying for some SoCal specialties this weekend ... I'll need to diversify if I want to ensure 500 birds by the age of 30.
» Phoenix to Albuquerque and Back 22-23 Jul
Great-tailed Grackle
European Starling
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Rock Pigeon
House Sparrow
Turkey Vulture
Common Raven
Eurasian Collared-Dove
--(Tonto N.F. past Globe)
Zone-tailed Hawk
--(Salt River Canyon)
House Finch
--(Show Low)
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Golden Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
--(Gallup, NM)
[Gunnison's Prairie Dog]
--(San Fidel)
Band-tailed Pigeon
--(Sandia Crest Road)
Spotted Towhee
Steller's Jay
Broad-tailed Hummingbrd
--(Sandia Ski Basin)
[Abert's Squirrel]
--(Capulin Spring)
Dark-eyed (Gray-backed) Junco
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mountain Chickadee
Hermit Thrush
--(Sandia Crest)
Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
House Wren
Pine Siskin
White-throated Swift
Violet-green Swallow
American Robin
[Rock Squirrel]
--(Sandia Crest Road, bottom)
Western Bluebird
Western Kingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Curve-billed Thrasher
--(Schnebly Hill Road, AZ)
Mountain Bluebird
Pinyon Jay
Northern Flicker
(Note: also got American Three-toed Woodpecker here!)

Just 39 species of birds total though :/
» Phoenix Pseudo-RBA 22 June 2006
Phoenix hasn't had a Rare Bird Alert since about 1997 or so -- Steve Ganley used to run it back then. So I'll be posting an RBA-format post of rare birds on this LiveJournal, mostly for my personal benefit, covering Maricopa and northern Pinal Counties (including the Mazatzals and other areas within easy reach of Phoenix).

Do keep in mind that June and July are the slowest months for bird sightings, not just here in Phoenix, but throughout the state of Arizona.

This is not an official Rare Bird Alert -- there is no contact phone number. All reports are from the birdwg05 [AZ-NM] mailing list at BIRDWG05@listserv.arizona.edu unless stated.Collapse )
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