Friday, March 29, 2013

It's a good busy

There may not be much popping up on the blog these days, but it's not due to lack of birds!

On Thursday, March 28th, I accompanied some folks to the Christmas Mountains Oasis in search of Lucifer Hummingbird. We were not at all disappointed in spite of the infrequent feeder visits - we were quite happy to take in all of the additional nectar sources that were in bloom!

Admittedly, Carolyn didn't have many folks to choose from for her "Birder of the Day" post; Black-chinned Sparrows are always exciting and it was the lowest elevation that I'd ever seen one!

We saw a good variety of butterflies (one stray Monarch among Pipevine Swallowtails, Queens, Checkered Whites, Sleepy Oranges, etc) in addition to a good showing of the usual suspects:

Scaled Quail Callipepla squamata
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Lucifer Hummingbird Calothorax lucifer
Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
Canyon Towhee Melozone fusca
Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
Brewer's Sparrow Spizella breweri
Black-chinned Sparrow Spizella atrogularis
Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata
Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus
Scott's Oriole Icterus parisorum
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

Additionally, a Greater Roadrunner charmed us on the road in - always a fun bird to watch!

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