Bird Sightings -- Updated Saturday, Oct. 26

EDITOR'S NOTE: the Arboretum had a one-of-a-kind hybrid Violet-crowned x. Broad-billed Hummingbird from 2006 until 2009. Researchers from Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory capture, leg-banded and released the hybrid , check out Richard Ditch's Hybrid Hummingbird photo. See more singular bird photos from BTA including a Northern Saw-whet Owl photographed here in 2007; check out Marceline Vandewater's Gallery and two Merriam's Turkey hens were photographed here from November, 2008 through February, 2009. Check out Tammy Knight's gallery of turkey photos

Bird reports from across Arizona in greater detail are posted at the excellent website
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/AZ

Recent Arboretum checklist reports include:


From: Anne Leight and March Ochs
Date: Sunday, Oct. 26

Our group missed it, but Cynthia Donald reported one YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER seen in the Eucalyptus grove and in teh Australian trees closer to the Picnic Area Sunday. Most notable for our group was the Red-breasted Nuthatch which continues to be present -- and vocal; also one Lincoln's Sparrow. Also seen and heard today were Gambel's Quail, Sharp-shinned Hawn, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Anna' Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladderbacked Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch. EDITOR'S NOTE - Arboretum guided birdwalks continue Saturday November 1 at 8:30 with Marceline Vandewater as our guide.


From: Troy Corman, Charlie Babbitt -- and Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton
Date: Saturday, Oct. 18

One Western Screech Owl gave a vocal response this morning, calling from the Queen Creek riparian area at the bottom of the 'Switchback' section of the main trail. One Greater Roadrunner was notable, as were wrens - Cynthia's group heard at least 6 individual Marsh Wrens calling from the cattails around Ayer Lake - plus one American Coot; other Wrens on today's list were 2 House, 5 Bewick's, 4 Rock, 2 Canyon and 2 Cactus Wrens. Other birds were 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 3 Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, 6 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Costa's Hummingbird, 8 Gila Woodpecker, 8 Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker, 4 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Say's Phoebe, 3 Hutton's Vireo, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 10 Verdin, 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 18 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 4 Hermit Thrush, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 5 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 12 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 3 Western Tanager, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 2 Canyon Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, 4 Spotted Towhee, 1 Rufous-crowned Sparrrow, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 7 White-crowned Sparrow, 6 Northern Cardinal, 6 House Finch and 2 Lesser Goldfinch. . EDITOR'S NOTE - Arboretum guided birdwalks continue Saturday October 26 at 8:30 with two guides: Anne Leight and Mark Ochs.


From: Richard Ditch & Kathe Anderson
Date: Sunday, Oct. 12

Sunday morning highlights included one Band-tailed Pigeon high on the south side of the canyon and observed from the 'switchbacks' section of the main trail at the East end of the Arboretum -- also many Western Tanagers in various locations. We had about 20 participants on the bird walk, clear value skies and warm temps; other birds, in order they were encountered, include: Say's Phoebe, House Finch, Gila Woodpecker, Gambel's Quail, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Bell's Vireo, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Common Raven, Western Tanager, Verdin, Lesser Goldfinch, Abert's Towhee, Turkey Vulture, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Marsh Wren, Cactus Wren, Northern (red-shafted) Flicker, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon, House Wren, Northern Cardinal. A few additional ones seen by some on the walk included: House Sparrow, Inca Dove, Canyon Towhee, Rock Wren. EDITOR'S NOTE - Arboretum guided birdwalks continue Saturday October 18 at 8:30 with four guides: Troy Corman, Charlie Babbitt, also Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Friday, Oct. 10

A singing Gray Vireo along Silver King Wash north of Ayer Lake may have been the same bird found there on Oct 7. At least three rather late Bell’s Vireos were still present and one male Hooded Oriole was noteworthy. A remarkable flock of 45-50 Band-tailed Pigeons (rare, infrequent transients here) flew westward; later six arrived and entered the eucalyptus grove before sunset. At least 20 Western Tanagers foraged on pistachio fruit. A Peregrine Falcon flew over Queen Creek on October 7.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Monday, Oct. 6

In addition to most of the species below reported by the Hosmers, I noted 2 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS in pistachios at the olive grove and later near the here garden where several Northern "Red-shafted" Flickers were joined by both male and female "YELLOW-SHAFTED" Flickers, 3 Hermit Thrushes (first of season), 1 female SUMMER TANAGER, and 12 Western Tanagers. Over a period of 40 minutes, I followed a Red-breasted Nuthatch (possibly the one first reported on Sept 7) from eucalyptus trees near the Legume Garden through the olive grove to the trees at the Clevenger House/Herb Garden. Other species observed were: 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Mourning Dove at Ayer Lake, 3 Hutton's Vireo (first of season), 2 Bell's Vireo, Cactus and House Wrens; 2 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher in the Chihuahuan Gardens, 1 Cedar Waxwing, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 2 late male Hooded Oriole, a flock of Brewer's Blackbird, 3 Spotted Towhee (first of season), 2 Rufous-crowned Sparrow, 4 Canyon Towhee, 1 Lark Sparrow, and House Sparrows. EDITOR'S NOTE - Arboretum guided birdwalks continue Sunday Oct. 12 at 8:30 with Richard Ditch and Kathe Anderson as guides.


From: Steve & Joan Hosmer
Date: Monday, Oct. 6

5 Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii), 45 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) Estimated count as they roosted on rock outcrops - as it got warmer they took flight; 3 Inca Dove (Columbina inca) in trees in the Picnic Area; 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri); 6 Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna); 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris); 4 Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis); 1 Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) in the riparian area along Queen Creek at extreme SE end of the Main Loop Trail; 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris); 6 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]); 1 Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans); 2 Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya); 1 Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) in Chinese Pistachio trees near Herb Garden; 1 Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)in a tree in the Picnic Area; 1 Common Raven (Corvus corax); 5 Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps); 4 Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus); 2 Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus); 1 Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) in cattails around Ayer Lake; 4 Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii); 5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula); 3 Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre); 3 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos); 2 Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens); 2 "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata auduboni) in Junipers just west of Ayer Lake; 1 Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) in trees and shrubs in the Picnic Area; 3 Abert's Towhee (Melozone aberti); 2 Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata); 1 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) on the ground among shrubs in the Demonstration Garden; 3 Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) on ground among shrubs in Demonstration Garden; 3 White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys); 9 Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) generally feeding on Chinese Pistachio berries across from the Herb Garden; 4 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis); 16 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus); 2 Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) in trees at SE corner of the Demonstration Garden - and 22 Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 22
Editor's note: this report originally posted at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20051193
EDITOR'S NOTE the next BTA guided bird walk will be October 12 at 8:30am with photographer Richard Ditch and Kathe Anderson as our guides.


From: Cathy Wise
Date: Saturday, Oct. 4

One Brown Creeper and one Red-breasted Nuthatch; unusual for BTA, were both notably on today's group guided bird walk. We also found one Black-throated Gray Warbler, all five wrens (Bewick's, Cactus, Canyon, Rock, House and Marsh) - and numerous Western Tanagers. Also our our Saturday checklist were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Anna' Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladde-rbacked Woodpecker,Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE the next guided bird walk will be October 12 at 8:30am with photographer Richard Ditch and Kathe Anderson as our guides.


From: Nathan Williams
Date: Friday, Oct. 3

I spent the afternoon at BTA today and met up with a group birding as part of the Arizona Field Ornithologists conference over the weekend. My highlights included a Peregrine Falcon flying over the Demonstration Garden, an American Kestrel along Queen Creek, 2 Green-tailed Towhees (one in the Hummingbird Garden and the other on north side of the Demo Garden), and 2 Red-naped Sapsuckers (one in the Hummingbird Garden and the other in Queen Creek). .My sightings are below (the other AZFO members, led by John Saba, had some additional species not listed here). Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Common Raven, Verdin, Canyon Wren
, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Curve-billed Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: Nathan's complete report is postd at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20020767


From: Dave Pearson, Anne Leight; also Cynthia Donald & Pete Moulton - and Mark Ochs
Date: Saturday, Sept. 20

Leading the 'Bye-Bye Buzzards' day event bird walk, Dave Pearson and Mark Ochs found a Willow Flycatcher and also one Western Wood-Pewee near the Picnic Area -- plus an all-brown female bunting with no wing bars, most likely a female VARIED BUNTING, observed in the demonstration garden eating seeds from sunflowers along the southeast path; also the first-of-season White-crowned Sparrow. Guiding another section of the bird walk Saturday morning, Cynthia and Pete found a Northern Beardless Tyrranulet. Anne and her group separately saw the first-of-season returning Northern Red-shafted flicker back from high elevations to spend the fall/winter season here; also notable was an Olive-sided flycatcher seen along Queen Creek- just south of the picnic area at 6:30 AM, with a gray vest that was well-displayed. Birds seen by both teams included birds on my checklist today include 4 Gambel's Quail, 36 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Rock Dove, 1 Lesser Nighthawk, 2 White-throated Swift, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher, 1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher, 2 Black Phoebe, 2 Cassin's Kingbird, 3 Bell's Vireo, 2 Warbling Vireo, 5 Verdin, Common Raven, 2 Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, 3 Canyon Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, 1 Common Yellowthroat (Heard only, at Ayer lake); 3 Canyon Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, 1 Black-throated Sparrow (by ear); , 1 Song Sparrow, 2 Summer Tanager, 8 Western Tanager, 5 Northern Cardinal, House Finch and 6 Lesser Goldfinch. Read Anne's Complete report on Ebird.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Thursday, Sept. 18

A female Belted Kingfisher, 2 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and a group of five Raccoons visited Ayer Lake today.  A flock of 36 Violet-green Swallows foraged over the lake before moving on; only one Northern Rough-winged Swallow was seen.  The numbers of Western Tanagers (60+) and Warbling Vireos (40+) were striking.  Other transients included 2 Western
Wood-Pewees, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 2 Dusky Flycatchers, 1 late Ash-throated Flycatcher, 9 Cassin’s Kingbirds, 8 Western Kingbirds, 2 Plumbeous Vireos, 3 MacGillivray’s Warblers, 4 Wilson’s Warblers, 4 Green-tailed Towhees, several Chipping and Lark Sparrows, 1 Lincoln’s Sparrow in the Demo Garden (the fall’s first), and a late Hooded Oriole.  Most of yesterday’s species were also noted today.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 17

Birds were rather quiet during this morning’s pleasant walk in balmy air under a scenic cloudy sky. Most summer residents had departed; numerous Bell’s Vireos and Summer Tanagers remained, but only a few Phainopeplas, Common Yellowthroats, Yellow-breasted Chats, and Blue Grosbeaks were noted.  Over 75 Turkey Vultures drifted about.  A few Broad-billed and Anna’s Hummingbirds were active. Migrant Western Tanagers (35+), Warbling Vireos (18+), and Black-headed Grosbeaks (6) were conspicuous, many feeding on Desert Hackberry and Pistachio fruits.  Other transients included: Mourning Dove (1), Western Wood-Pewee (2), Western Kingbird (5), Cassin’s Kingbird (2), Cassin’s Vireo (1), Violet-green Swallow (15+; 5), Barn Swallow (3), House Wren (2), Northern Mockingbird (1), and Cedar Waxwing (2).  Permanent residents noted included: Gambel’s Quail, 1 adult Cooper’s Hawk, Inca Dove (6), Gila Woodpecker (4), Black Phoebe (1), Common Raven (1), Verdin, four wrens (Cactus, Rock, Canyon, Bewick’s), Curve-billed Thrasher (singing briefly), Northern Cardinal, Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow (2), House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.  After the walk, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Say’s Phoebe, Wilson’s Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Lark Sparrow, and Song Sparrow were noted. EDITOR'S NOTE the next guided bird walk will be September 20 with ASU Professor Dave Pearson at 8:30am as part of the annual Bye-Bye Buzzards Day event.


From: Arizona Field Ornithologists Board Members Kurt Radamaker, Marceline Vandewater & Muriel Neddermeyer
Date: Sunday, Sept. 7

Light breezes made for a pleasant morning birding around the gardens prior to a our Fall board meeting here; a few notable sightings included a Willow Flycatcher near the Pistachio Grove across from the Herb Garden; also a first-year Common Blackhawk soaring above Queen Creek Canyon - and nice views of a vivid Blue Grosbeak pair in the desert scrub of Queen Creek, viewed from the south side of the Picnic Area. AZFO Board's Lauren also had one Red-breasted Nuthatch; unusual for BTA. Other birds on our group checklist included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna' Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladderbacked Woodpecker, a Western-type Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, European Starling, Phainopepla, MacGillvray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch. EDITOR'S NOTE the next guided bird walk will be September 20 with ASU Professor Dave Pearson at 8:30am as part of the annual Bye-Bye Buzzards Day event.


From: Charlie Babbitt
Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014

Four Hummingbird species today (Anna's, Broad-billed, Black-chinned and Costa's) made for a fine morning, along with a few colorful Summer migrants stil in the gardens including Blue Grosbeak and Lazuli Bunting in Queen Creek, observed from the south side of the Picnic Area; more than a dozen Western Tanagers, Western Wood-pewee and Cordillersan Flycatcher; plus 6 Western Kingbirds -- probably two separate family groups. Gilded Flicker, Purple Martin and Cliff Swallow were also notable, along with Warbling Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Summer Tanager. Other birds on today's checklist include Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. . EDITOR'S NOTE our next guided bird walk will be September 20 at 8:30am as part of the Bye-Bye Buzzards Day event.


From: Jim & Judy Taylor
Date: Saturday, August 30

One Nashville Warbler in the Demonstration Garden was notable; we also found Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, and Common Ground Dove in the 'Demo' Garden, and saw a Prairie Falcon fly over. A Gray Flycatcher was in the Hummingbird Garden; in other spots we saw Western Wood-pewee, Willow Flycatcher and Western Kingbird. Other birds on today's checklist include Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Plumbeous Vireo (heard, not seen), Warbling Vireo (common) Barn Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager (numerous, and all female or juvenile birds); Abert's Towhee, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Anne Leight
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Two Common Ground-Doves in a eucalyptus tree right along the main trail behind the visitor center was a fine way to begin today's guided birdwalk; we also saw a Lesser Nighthawk, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Blue Grosbeak and 3 Lazuli Bunting. Other birds on today's checklist of 41 total species were 6 Gambel's Quail, 8 Turkey Vultures, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Inca Dove, 3 White-winged Dove 3, 2 Anna's Hummingbird, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (Western Flycatcher); 2 Black Phoebe at Ayer Lake; Western Kingbird, 3 Bell's Vireo, 2 Warbling Vireo, 2 Common Raven, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 3 Verdin, 2 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 2 Phainopepla, 1 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Yellow Warbler, 2 Wilson's Warbler, 4 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Canyon Towhee, 4 Black-throated Sparrow, 3 Summer Tanager, 4 Western Tanager, 2 Northern Cardinal, 2 Black-headed Grosbeak, 3 House Finch and 9 Lesser Goldfinch.
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19561294
. EDITOR'S NOTE another Sunday guided birdwalk will be offered August 31 at 6:30 am with Charlie Babbitt.


From: Fonda & Scott Christopher
Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014

We saw four White-throated Swifts flying over Ayer Lake - first we've seen here in quite some time! 3 Western Tanagers and 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks show that Fall migrants are beginning to move through; others on our checklist were 6 Gambel's Quail, numerous Turkey Vultures, one Cooper's Hawk (by ear, not seen); 1 Inca Dove, 7 Mourning Dove, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker (numerous); 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 3 Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo (numerous); 1 Warbling Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 2 Verdin, 4 Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren (numerous); 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla (numerous); 4 Yellow-breasted Chat, 3 Abert's Towhee, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 8 Northern Cardinal, 6 Hooded Oriole and many House Finches and Lesser Goldfinches. . EDITOR'S NOTE guided birdwalks will be offered again Aug. 24 with Anne Leight leading the walk, and Aug. 31 with Charlie Babbitt.


From: Jay Taylor
Date: Sunday, August 3

Fall migration was more obvious this past Sunday on our group bird walk, we had at least 12 Western Tanagers, a number inflated by migrants passing through the area. One Western Wood-Pewee was present, plus one Western-type Flycatcher (Pacific-slope/Cordilleran) and also one possible Gray Flycatcher, a gray empid with a relatively large bill and orange lower mandible; this bird dipped its tail but didn't vocalize. A vocal male Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) remains a reliable and daily find at BTA; its possible two birds present, one was definitively heard calling in the Smith Building parking lot just after we began our bird walk at 6:30am. What's BTA's most abundant bird around the arboretum? Phainopepla, this week - we counted at least 34. Northern Cardinals are also numberous (18) and Lesser Goldfinch (31). Others seen and heard Sunday include 8 Gambel's Quail, 11 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 12 White-winged Dove, 1 Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 8 Anna's Hummingbird, 6 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 10 Gila Woodpecker, 6 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 3 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 7 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 2 Western Kingbird, 13 Bell's Vireo, 5 Warbling Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 17 Verdin, 1 Rock Wren, 5 Canyon Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 4 Lucy's Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 10 Yellow Warbler, 13 Yellow-breasted Chat, 1 Canyon Towhee, 6 Abert's Towhee, 7 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Summer Tanager, 3 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 Lazuli Bunting,
3 Brown-headed Cowbird, 2 Hooded Oriole, 19 House Finch. (view Jay's complete checklist and others online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19323988).


From: Muriel Neddermeyer
Date: July 26, Saturday

One Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, a Lazuli Bunting and 2 Bullock's Orioles were among 32 species seen and heard around the gardens today - others include 3 Gambel's Quail, 25 Turkey Vulture, 3 White-winged Dove, 1 Inca Dove, 2 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 4 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 5 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 6 Bell's Vireo, 4 Verdin, 2 Canyon Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 15 Phainopepla, 3 Lucy's Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Yellow Warbler, 6 Yellow-breasted Chat, 1 Canyon Towhee, 4 Abert's Towhee, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 5 Northern Cardinal, 1 Black-headed Grosbeak, 20 Brown-headed Cowbird, 2 Hooded Oriole, 4 House Finch and 25 Lesser Goldfinch. View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19226010
. EDITOR'S NOTE: our next 6:30am guided bird walk is August 3, Sunday, with Jay Taylor as guide.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 24, Thursday

Transient species observed this morning were Western Wood-Pewee 1, Warbling Vireo 1, Western Tanager 3, Black-headed Grosbeak 4, Lark Sparrow 3, and Bullock’s Oriole 1. Only a few family groups of Lucy’s Warblers were present. A pair of Zone-tailed Hawks cruised over the canyon, a Common Ground-Dove cooed near Ayer Lake, and a Blue Grosbeak sang in the Demo Garden. Adults feeding young included: Broad-billed Hummingbird, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo (Brown-headed Cowbird), Verdin, Cactus Wren, Bewick’s Wren, and Northern Cardinal. Gila Woodpeckers, Hooded Orioles, Northern Cardinals, and House Finches attended nestlings. Others noted included: Gambel’s Quail (with young of various ages), Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, doves (White-winged, Mourning, Inca), Anna’s Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Purple Marten, Barn Swallow, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla (several family groups), Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Rufous crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Bronzed Cowbird, and Lesser Goldfinch. Arboretum Staff reported Yellow-headed Blackbird and a Yellow-breasted Chat nest with eggs.


From: Cindy Marple
Date: July 13, Sunday

Birds of yellow were a common element today - we started with great views of a singing male Yellow-breasted Chat at the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, where we also saw Lesser Goldfinches - then found a young Yellow-headed Blackbird up at Ayer Lake. The continuing Common Ground-Dove was vocal and easily found perched above the Smith Building parking lot shortly after our walk began at 6:30am, and we observed Bronzed Cowbirds as we walked through the Cactus Garden up to Ayer Lake. One Blue Grosbeak was observed from the southern tip of the 'Demo Garden' -- seen in Queen Creek. Also on our Sunday checklist were Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Bell's Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Verdin, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and House Sparrow.


From: Anne Leight
Date: July 6, Sunday

A Belted Kingfisher in the lone cottonwood tree at the south side of Ayer lake was amongst our most exciting finds Sunday, we also saw 3 common ground doves near the entrance to the Demonstration Garden - at first, a pair together in a tree, both flew, then just a few branches above the two that flew we saw a third! All were vocal, they were located by their calling. One Blue Grosbeak was observed from the Picnic Area, as you look south across Queen Creek - and we saw a Hooded oriole nest in a Pistachio tree; the male and female were hanging around it, with two young from probably their first clutch this season. Also on our Sunday checklist were 4 Gambel's Quail, 11 Turkey Vulture, 2 Eurasian Collared-Dove, numerous White-winged Dove, 5 Mourning Dove, 2 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 6 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 4 Black Phoebe at Ayer lake; 4 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 4 Western Kingbird, 5 Bell's Vireo, 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 12 Violet-green Swallow (about a dozen seen originating from the rocks on the south side of Ayer lake, darting over the lake for bugs, then returning to the rocks); numerous Verdin, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, numerous Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler yellow Warblers and Yellow-breasted Chat; 2 Common Yellowthroat at Ayer lake, 5 Abert's Towhee, 4 Black-throated Sparrow, 4 Song Sparrow, 3 Summer Tanager, 7 Northern Cardinal, 1 Black-headed Grosbeak (heard, not seen); 3 Great-tailed Grackle (flyover); 4 Bronzed Cowbird, 2 Brown-headed Cowbird, 1 Bullock's Oriole, 4 House Finch and many Lesser Goldfinch. EDITOR'S NOTE: our next guided bird walk is July 13, Sunday, with Cindy Marple as guide. View Anne's checklist and comments online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19009512


From: Nathan Williams
Date: July 4, Friday

The Common Ground-Dove which has been here since April was calling from eucalyptus trees above the Smith Building parking lot, and easily found as our guided birdwalk began at 6:30am; most other notable highlights were one Yellow-billed Cuckoo observed briefly but very well, just past the palm grove. Silent, our group tried unsuccessfully to relocate the bird. We also observed one male Blue Grosbeak in desert scrub across Queen Creek from the Picnic Area. Other birds today included Turkey Vulture (at least 25 circling together after dawn); Cooper's Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove (numerous); 6 Mourning Dove, 2 Inca Dove, 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 2 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Costa's Hummingbird, 8 Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 9 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 9 Bell's Vireo, 3 Common Raven, 2 Violet-green Swallows (observed from the demo garden); 2 Barn Swallow, Verdin (numerous and throughout the park); 1 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 2 Curve-billed Thrasher, 14 Phainopepla, 3 Lucy's Warbler, 5 Yellow Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 9 Yellow-breasted Chat, 3 Abert's Towhee, 1 Black-throated Sparrow, 4 Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal (numerous); 1 Bronzed Cowbird, 3 Brown-headed Cowbird, 5 Hooded Oriole, 8 House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch (numerous).


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: June 29, Sunday

Early transients today included a Lark Sparrow that visited a water feature in the Demo Garden and a male Yellow-headed Blackbird that entered Ayer Lake marsh where Common Yellowthroats fed young and Black Phoebes carried food to their second brood of nestlings under the dock. Others species feeding young included: Say’s Phoebe, Bell’s Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Lucy’s and Yellow Warblers, Abert’s Towhee, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrows (with nestlings in saguaros). White-winged and Mourning Doves were seen building nests. The Common Ground-Dove first reported April 5 cooed briefly from the Demo Garden and later near the Smith Building. Other species noted were: Gambel’s Quail, Turkey Vulture, a pair of Zone-tailed Hawks, Inca Dove, a few Broad-billed Hummingbirds, 3 immature Costa’s Hummingbirds, 1 White-throated Swift, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 2 Barn Swallows, 2 pairs of Purple Martins, Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Phainopepla, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow.


From: Mark Ochs
Date: June 22, Sunday

An intrepid group of 14 birders enjoyed the relatively temperatures Sunday morning on the first full day of summer, and were able to tally 42 species. Highlights included the continuing male Varied Bunting and male Blue Grosbeak in the wash west of the picnic area, and the Common Ground-Dove in various areas of the park. A Common Black-Hawk soared lazily over Picketpost Mountain for five minutes, and at Ayer Lake we observed Northern Rough-winged, Violet-green and Barn Swallows, as well as Common Yellowthroat and fly-over Red-tailed Hawk and Peregrine Falcon. A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Gilded Flicker and Western Kingbird added to the normal slate of expected Summertime species: Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch and Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Anne Leight
Date: May 31, Saturday

A Northern Waterthrush above the Legume garden water feature and gleaning bugs around a eucalyptus tree was particularly notable on our guided birdwalk Saturday - several of us observed it while near the rock-wall-fountain water feature. We also had 2 Blue Grosbeaks in the Demonstration garden. Arriving at BTA to lead the walk I saw a Harris's Hawk perched on a telephone pole about one mile west of the entyr gate - and our group saw one Zone-tailed Hawk and also one Red-tailed Hawk during the morning. Others birds around the gardens included 5 Gambel's Quail, 13 Turkey Vulture, 3 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 16 White-winged Dove, 13 Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 1 Common Ground-Dove (in the Demo Ggarden at 7:49AM); 3 White-throated Swift, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Gilded Flicker, 4 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 1 Western Kingbird, 5 Bell's Vireo, 5 Common Raven, 3 Violet-green Swallow (circling over Ayer Lake); 7 Verdin, 2 Canyon Wren, 1 Cactus Wren, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 9 Cedar Waxwings in a flock fly-over; 12 Phainopepla, 5 Lucy's Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Yellow Warbler, 5 Yellow-breasted Chat, 8 Abert's Towhee, 1 Lark Sparrow in the Demonstration garden; 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow (heard at Ayer lake); 4 Summer Tanager, 2 Western Tanager (Demo Garden and Picnic area); 9 Northern Cardinal, 3 Black-headed Grosbeak (great looks at them in the Eucalyptus forest); 2 Blue Grosbeaks in the Demonstration Garden, 3 Brown-headed Cowbird, 6 Hooded Oriole, 15 House Finch and 7 Lesser Goldfinch. this and other BTA bird lists posted at Ebird


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 29, Thursday

New species today included: 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 1 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, 1 Western Wood-Pewee, 1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, and 1 Blue Grosbeak. A female Bell’s Vireo fed a recently fledged Brown-headed Cowbird while its mate sang nearby.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 28, Wednesday

This afternoon I watched a pair of Gambel's Quail with eight recently hatched chicks, White-winged Doves building a nest, and Inca Doves courting. Several species were feeding young: Black Phoebe, Bell’s Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy’s Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Black-throated Sparrow; numerous family groups of House Finches, Lesser Goldfinches, and House Sparrows were vociferous. Also noted were: Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper’s Hawk, 1 Zone-tailed Hawk, 2 Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird (nest with young), immature Costa's Hummingbirds, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 American Kestrel, Say’s Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, a pair of Western Kingbirds, 1 Warbling Vireo, few Violet-green and 2 Barn Swallows, Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren, Yellow Warbler, a late transient male “Audubon’s” Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, 1 Wilson’s Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Abert's Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Song Sparrow, Summer Tanager, 6 Western Tanagers, 7 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 1 Lazuli Bunting, 2 Bronzed Cowbirds, 65+ Brown-headed Cowbirds feeding on seeds scattered in the residential area, Hooded Oriole, and 1 Scott’s Oriole.


From: Alex Grant
Date: May 25, Sunday

I enjoyed leading my first bird walk for BTA visitors; a few highlights include excellent views of two ZONE-TAILED HAWKS circling with at least 25 Turkey Vultures - our group could clearly see the white tail stripes and features which distinguish these similar-looking birds in flight. Also a bright male BLUE GROSBEAK up at Ayer Lake - with a second sighting in the Eucalyptus forest, and both male and female LAZULI BUNTING right at the entrance to the Demonstration Garden. We saw and heard a total of 49 species during three hours birding the gardens. Specific totals include 5 Gambel's Quail, 25 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Zone-tailed Hawk, 5 White-winged Dove, 5 Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 1 Common Ground-Dove (vocal, and still around the Picnic Area parking lot); 1 White-throated Swift, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 4 Costa's Hummingbird, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 1 Gila Woodpecker (an occupied nest); 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Western Wood-Pewee, 1 Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher, 4 Black Phoebe (with ecentlyfledged youngsters); 2 Vermilion Flycatcher, 5 Ash-throated Flycatcher , 3 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 1 Western Kingbird, 4 Bell's Vireo, 1 Warbling Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 1 Violet-green Swallow, 10 Verdin (one on her nest); 1 Canyon Wren, 3 Bewick's Wren, 2 Cactus Wren (one with an active nest); 1 Curve-billed Thrasher (carrying food); 5 Cedar Waxwing, 10 Phainopepla, 5 Lucy's Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Yellow Warbler, 3 Yellow-breasted Chat, 5 Abert's Towhee, 1 Song Sparrow, 3 Summer Tanager, 5 Western Tanager, 6 Northern Cardinal, 5 Black-headed Grosbeak, 2 Blue Grosbeak, 3 Lazuli Bunting, 3 Great-tailed Grackle, 3 Bronzed Cowbird, 8 Hooded Oriole, 10 House Finch, 15 Lesser Goldfinch.


From: Alex Grant
Date: May 17, Saturday

Even if you're birding with a companion who can't walk far, there's so much to be seen on a walk through the shadier, southern-half trails of BTA if you start at the demonstration garden and walk to the herb garden and back. Saturday morning in two hours we had 29 species; a few highlights were 5 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Summer Tanagers (one adult male, the other a first summer male - both singing); and 2 Bronzed Cowbird. Our complete list has 5 Turkey Vulture, 2 White-winged Dove, 2 Mourning Dove, 1 Inca Dove, 5 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 1 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Vermilion Flycatcher, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 2 Bell's Vireo, 1 Violet-green Swallow, 10 Verdin, 5 Phainopepla, 1 Lucy's Warbler, 1 Yellow Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Abert's Towhee, 2 Song Sparrow, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Western Tanager, 1 Northern Cardinal, 10 Black-headed Grosbeak, 2 Hooded Oriole, 5 House Finch and 10 Lesser Goldfinch. I'll be leading my first bird walk at BTA sunday May 25, starting from the visitor center lobby at 6:30am, join me! Editor's Note: Alex posted this checklist at Ebird http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18475728.


From: Lindsay Story
Date: May 12, Monday

A male AMERICAN REDSTART was at the Arboretum this morning about 9a.m., in the Hummingbird Garden darting around and foraging under the thick canopy of the large Texas Ebony tree near a colorful patch of Yellow Columbine flowers (there's a hummingbird nectar feeder hanging under this tree). The redstart's bright orange-red patches really stood out on the black of tail and wing; there's a small chance that a female was in the background. The continuing Common Ground-Dove was in the parking lot by the Hummingbird Garden around the same time. Later in the morning I heard someone else report the Redstart was near the Smith Building, just a short distance from the Hummingbird Garden.


From: Jim & Betsy Walker -- and 'NAMC' Volunteers
Date: May 10, Saturday

We had a very active North American Migrant Count (NAMC) day at the Arboretum, with 79 species and 528 birds – much more activity than we saw last year. Five volunteers covered the Arboretum, logging 7 miles of birding and 10 hours. A few highlights include the continuing Common Ground-Dove, a Green Heron and one Spotted Sandpiper up at Ayer Lake; one Broad-tailed Hummingbird, a Peregrine Falcon, Olive-sided Flycatcher - and 2 Western Wood-pewee. This appears to be a boom year for Black-headed Grosbeaks, we counted 32, they're extremely common throughout the park. We were careful not to count ones we might have seen earlier, so this is a conservative estimate -- we were also careful not to double-count the 33 Yellow-rumped Warblers, also common throughout the gardens. There could easily have been more; again, that's a conservative estimate. Two of these were Myrtle's race; all others were Audubon's. Our complete list included 13 Gambel's Quail, 28 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Zone-tailed Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 4 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 10 White-winged Dove, 14 Mourning Dove, 8 Inca Dove 7 White-throated Swift, 15 Anna's Hummingbird, 4 Costa's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 6 Broad-billed Hummingbird, plus another 11 hummingbirds of undetermined species - most likely Anna's Hummingbirds, but couldn't be examined closely enough to tell for sure. We had 8 Gila Woodpecker, 5 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 unidentified Empidonax flycatchers; 3 Black Phoebe, 2 Say's Phoebe 3 Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 4 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 16 Bell's Vireo, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 2 Warbling Vireo, 3 Common Raven, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 2 Violet-green Swallow, 3 Barn Swallow, 15 Verdin, 5 Canyon Wren, 2 Marsh Wren (Heard calling back and forth in the cattails on the shore of Ayer Lake. Distinctive call; 4 Bewick's Wren, 8 Cactus Wren, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 3 European Starling, 6 Cedar Waxwing, 21 Phainopepla, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler (Two separate individuals were seen clearly in different parts of the park); 10 Lucy's Warbler, 1 MacGillivray's Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 8 Yellow Warbler, 2 Townsend's Warbler, 1 Hermit Warbler, 4 Wilson's Warbler, 6 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Green-tailed Towhee, 3 Rufous-crowned Sparrow, 14 Abert's Towhee, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 4 Lark Sparrow, 4 Black-throated Sparrow, 5 Song Sparrow, 12 White-crowned Sparrow, 5 Summer Tanager, 11 Western Tanager, 15 Northern Cardinal, 1 Lazuli Bunting, 2 Great-tailed Grackle, 3 Bronzed Cowbird, 12 Brown-headed Cowbird, 6 Hooded Oriole, 2 Bullock's Oriole, 1 Scott's Oriole, 29 House Finch, 28 Lesser Goldfinch, 8 House Sparrow
We had a good group of five experienced birders, and we covered the area thoroughly from before dawn until closing time. Highlights include a plethora of Black-headed Grosbeaks, White-throated Swifts mating in flight, a Common Ground-Dove cooing and making itself visible in the picnic parking lot, and a sighting of Rufous-crowned Sparrows by the maintenance sheds. Our list posted at eBird for the count includes comments and photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18336251


From: Samuel Raan
Date: April 29 (Tueday) and May 1 (Thursday)

Seeing a Red-faced Warbler was a highlight of two visits to the Arboretum this week; White-breasted Nuthatch was notable, as well as the previously-reported Common Ground Dove which was calling from trees around the Picnic Area Parking lot. Lazuli Bunting and 10 warbler species (Orange-crowned, Lucy's, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray, MacGillivray's, Wilson's, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat and Yellow-breasted Chat) made for a great visit, Other birds seen and heard around the gardens included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, White-winged, Inca Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Crodilleran Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Plumbeous Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Jay Taylor and Nathan Williams
Date: April 27, Sunday

Highlights included the continuing Common Ground-Dove, which was calling in the picnic area near the Demonstration Garden; a brief glimpse of a Zone-tailed Hawk, at least two Myrtle Warblers, and a male Indigo Bunting in Silver King Wash near the main trail crossing. Nathan also reported a Sharp-shinned Hawk flying low over the main parking lot later that morning after our guided walk concluded. 65 species (+2 other taxa) today included 4 Gambel's Quail, 14 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Zone-tailed Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 12 White-winged, 5 Mourning Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 4 White-throated Swift, 1 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 11 Anna's Hummingbird, 6 Costa's Hummingbird, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Hammond's Flycatcher, 1 Gray Flycatcher, 1 Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher, 1, Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) 1 Identification based only on the continuously up-slurred ("monosyllabic") contact call, which the bird repeated several times; 2 Black Phoebe, 3 Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 4 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 13 Bell's Vireo, 2 Plumbeous Vireo, 1 Warbling Vireo, 2 Common Raven (one was drinking at the small waterfall above Ayer lake); 14 Violet-green Swallow, 1 Barn Swallow, 26 Verdin (our tally includes many young birds); 1 Rock Wren, 3 Canyon Wren, 1 House Wren, 8 Bewick's Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 European Starling, 19 Phainopepla, 3 Orange-crowned Warbler, 8 Lucy's Warbler, 2 MacGillivray's Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 9 Yellow Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle, one bird was observed in the demonstration garden and the other was bathing in the fountain; 17 Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3 Townsend's Warbler, 5 Wilson's Warbler, 2 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Green-tailed Towhee, 7 Abert's Towhee, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 5 Song Sparrow, 10 White-crowned Sparrow (mainly in the demonstration garden); 3 Summer Tanager, 2 Western Tanager, 13 Northern Cardinal, 2 Lazuli Bunting, 4 Brown-headed Cowbird, 4 Hooded Oriole, 27 House Finch, 22 Lesser Goldfinch and 1 House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: April 21, Monday

The Common Ground-Dove continued cooing and ranged from near the Drover’s Shed to the Demo Garden. Other recent highlights included: April 19: spring’s first Bullock’ Oriole, Townsend’s Warbler and all warbler species noted on April 18, Empidonax flycatchers (Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky), Cassin’s and Warbling Vireos. April 20: a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird and a singing Plumbeous Vireo. April 21: two Black-crowned Night-Herons and a Sora at Ayer Lake; 40+ Lark Sparrows drank at the shoreline; 1 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet in the Eucalyptus grove; 1 male Bronzed Cowbird. Wilson’s Warblers, Summer Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings, and Green-tailed Towhees increased.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: April 18, Friday

Highlights today included a hybrid TOWNSEND’S x HERMIT WARBLER and other migrant warblers: 5 Orange-crowned, 4 Black-throated Gray, 16 “Audubon’s” Yellow-rumped, 1 “Myrtle” Yellow-rumped, 3 McGillivray’s, 4 Common Yellowthroat (in addition to 3 males at Ayer Lake), and 7 Wilson’s. An adult PEREGRINE FALCON unsuccessfully pursued a White-winged Dove before sunset. Later it (or another?) was chased north by an accipiter, possibly a Goshawk, much larger than it was. An early BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER was vocal. An ELF OWL briefly calling from a saguaro stand in midmorning was a surprise. Other migrants were 1 Rufous Hummingbird, 1 Gray Flycatcher, 1 Dusky Flycatcher, 1 Western Kingbird, 2 Cassin’s Vireos, 1 Barn Swallow, spring’s first male Summer Tanager, 4 Lazuli Buntings, 1 Black-headed Grosbeak, Chipping and Brewer’s Sparrows, numerous Lark Sparrows, and several dark-lored White-crowned Sparrows mixed with late-wintering birds. The most transient Mourning and White-winged Doves so far this spring flew over the gardens, many visiting Ayer Lake. The COMMON GROUND-DOVE called briefly in and near the Demo Garden. Also noted were: Gambel’s Quail, a pair of Pied-billed Grebes, 1 Green Heron, at least 90 Turkey Vultures, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Sora, a pair of Eurasian-Collared Doves above Ayer Lake, Inca Dove, Great Horned Owl, White-throated Swift, hummingbirds (Broad-billed, 1 Black-chinned, Anna’s, and Costa’s), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 male American Kestrel, Black and Say’s Phoebes, Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers, Bell’s Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Common Raven, Verdin (some with nestlings, others feeding fledglings), five wrens (Cactus with fledglings, Rock, Canyon, House, Bewick’s), only 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, singing Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a male Black-tailed Gnatcatcher feeding 3 young, a few Hermit Thrushes, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrashers (feeding fledged young or nestlings), Phainopeplas feeding nestlings or fledged young, European Starling, Lucy’s Warbler, 3 male Yellow Warblers (the female in the Demo Garden continued gathering nest materials), the spring’s first singing Yellow-breasted Chat within the canyon, Northern Cardinal (getting more territorial), Green-tailed Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Abert’s Towhees feeding young, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Red-winged and Brewer’s Blackbirds, several Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, and Hooded Oriole pairs. House Finches, Lesser Goldfinches, and House Sparrows fed young. A male Belted Kingfisher was at Ayer Lake at sunset on April 17. A flock of 18 Cedar Waxwings and the spring’s first Lazuli Bunting visited on April 13.


From: Anne Leight, Nathan Williams and Mark Ochs
Date: April 13, Sunday

Listen quietly for the singular "hooOOOOip, hoooOOOip" of a Common Ground Dove if you visit this week - these rare doves were reported numerous times over the previous week, and our bird walk group sunday heard at least one calling repeatedly (also softly) and spotted 2 around the Picnic Area and nearby parking lot - particularly vocal just after the Arboretum opened at 8:00am. A few particularly notable sightings today included Northern Harrier and also a male Belted Kingfisher at Ayer Lake, one Sharp-shinned Hawk seen by Nathan's group, a Sora at Ayer Lake, at least two (possibly 3) Scott's Orioles observed by Mark and Nathan; also one-each Western Kingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, one Black-headed Grosbeak – and one male Rufous Hummingbird seen by Alex Grant and his family early in the morning at the 'Demo Garden' nectar feeder. Other birds seen and heard around the gardens included 3 Gambel's Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, 14 Turkey Vulture, Zone-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-Tailed Hawk, 4 Mourning Dove, 3 Eurasian Collared Dove, 2 White-winged Dove, 3 Inca Dove, 4 White-throated Swift, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 3 Costa's Hummingbird, 12 Anna's Hummingbird, 2 Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Hammond's Flycatcher, 1 Pacific Slope Flycatcher, 3 Black Phoebe, 1 Say’s Phoebe, 2 Vermilion Flycatcher, 5 Bell's Vireo, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 8 Violet-green Swallow, 3 Cliff Swallow (seen by Nathan before the walk began); 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 4 Verdin, 1 Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Anne's group observed an active nest near the suspension bridge over Queen Creek); 2 European Starling, 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 10 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 6 Lucy's Warbler, 4 Yellow-rumped (Audubon's, plus one Myrtle's) Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroat (at Ayer Lake); 3 Abert's Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, 1 Chipping Sparrow; 2 Lincoln's Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 2 White-crowned Sparrow, 9 Northern Cardinal, 2 Great-tailed Grackle, 3 Hooded Oriole, 6 House Finch, 16 Lesser Goldfinch and 3 House Sparrow.
EDITOR'S NOTE
: guided 8:30 AM birdwalks continue April 19 with Kathe Anderson and Dave Pearson guiding our walk - and the season finale guided bird walk is April 27 with Nathan Williams and Jay Taylor.


From: Cindy Marple and Bernie Howe
Date: April 12, Saturday

Yellow Breasted Chat for the arboretum was notable today - we also heard the previously reported Common Ground Dove calling from trees below the visitor center, along the access road that runs from the upper parking lot to the lower (picnic area) parking area. One Western Wood-pewee was also notable - and one Pacific-slope Flycatcher. Others on our list today included Turkey Vulture, Northern Cardinal, Lucy’s Warbler, House Finch, Abert’s Towhee, Bell’s Vireo, House Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Gila Woodpecker (audible); Phainopepla, Anna’s Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Verdin, Yellow Warbler, Mourning Dove, Gambel’s Quail, Vermilion Flycatcher, Violet-Green Swallow, Hermit’s Thrush, Costa’s Hummingbird, Raven, Song Sparrow, Cooper’s Hawk, Canyon Wren, Cactus Wren, Black Phoebe, Ladder-backed Woodpecker. EDITOR'S NOTE: guided 8:30 AM birdwalks continue April 19; Kathe Anderson and Dave Pearson guide the walk.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: April 11, Friday

The spring’s first Yellow-breasted Chat sang from Queen Creek south of the picnic area.  Male and female Belted Kingfishers spent the day at Ayer Lake.  Also there were a Green Heron, a Sora, one singing Common Yellowthroat, and two singing Song Sparrows; no Marsh Wrens were noted. The winter resident Mountain Chickadee ventured to the Smith Building woodland.  Anna’s Hummingbirds occupied nests and fed nestlings or fledglings.  A Common Ground-Dove chased an Inca Dove through the picnic and demonstration garden areas, suggesting possible territorial behavior. A male Black-tailed Gnatcatcher resident since late winter fed 3 recently fledged young near Silver King Wash and Ayer Lake providing a rare
breeding record within the gardens (Betsy and Jim Walker also saw one fledgling being fed.).  A few pairs of Phainopeplas fed fledglings, while others tended nestlings.  A female Yellow Warbler gathered spider webbing from picnic tables while a male sang in the canopy.  Several pairs of Abert’s Towhees attended fledged birds throughout the gardens.  Numerous
young House Finches and Lesser Goldfinches were also evident. A Wilson’s Warbler foraged along Queen Creek on April 10.  Other species included: Gambel’s Quail, a pair of Pied-billed Grebes, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, White-throated Swift, hummingbirds (Broad-billed and Costa’s), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed oodpecker,
Empidonax flycatchers (Hammond’s, Dusky, and silent “Western”), Black and Say’s Phoebes, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, 2 Cassin’s Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Common Raven, Verdin, five wrens (Cactus, Rock, Canyon, House, Bewick’s), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern
Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher (feeding fledged young or nestlings), European Starling, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy’s Warbler, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, “Audubon’s” Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 “Myrtle” Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 MacGillivray’s Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Green-tailed Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Black-throated
Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged and Brewer’s Blackbirds, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, singing Hooded and Scott’s Orioles, and House Sparrow.


From: Richard Ditch, also Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: April 5, Saturday

Two COMMON GROUND DOVES (at least one repeatedly, softly calling their distinctive "hooOOOOip, hoooOOOip") were seen around 10am at the north end of the Picnic Area parking lot, right below the visitor center, perched in a mesquite tree along the service road near the demonstration garden entrance. The first-of-season kingbirds for BTA were seen and heard today (both Cassin's and Western), as well as Ash-throated Flycatcher. We had good views of the Hooded Merganser pair which continues at Ayer Lake, where we also had a Common Yellowthoat calling from the cattails, Marsh Wren, two Pied-billed Grebes on the water and also Black Phoebe, Song Sparrow, Bell's Vireo and Violet-green Swallow. Today's group was large enough to divide in halves; Rich's group also found (in the order they were seen) Northern Cardinal, Gila Woodpecker, Costa's Hummingbird, Lesser Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrow, Verdin, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Zone-tailed Hawk (lifting-off with the Turkey Vultures, observed right from the visitor’s center as the walk began); White-winged Dove, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Phainopepla, Curve-billed Thrasher, House Finch, Mourning Dove, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Raven, Cactus Wren, House Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Silver King Wash), Lucy's Warbler, Hammond’s Flycatcher (Eucalyptus loop), Northern "red-shafted" Flicker, Hermit Thrush, Hooded Oriole, Abert's Towhee, Yellow Warbler and Inca Dove. Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton's group added these to the day's checklist: Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Say's Phoebe, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Gambel's Quail, Black-throated Sparrow and Bewick's Wren (with Anna's Hummingbird, Lesser Goldfinch and Cactus Wren each on nests with young!" added Cynthia). EDITOR'S NOTE: guided 8:30 AM birdwalks continue April 13 with a walks guided by Anne Leight and Nathan Williams; Kathe Anderson and Dave Pearson guide the walk April 19.


From: Craig Anderson & Monette Zaugg; also Mark Ochs, and Anne Leight
Date: March 29, Saturday

The season’s first Yellow Warbler was seen Saturday along with two Zone-tailed Hawks. A Mountain Chickadee was in the conifers below the dam impounding Ayer Lake; while the pair of Hooded Mergansers were still on Ayer Lake (also two Pied-billed Grebes). Red-winged Blackbird and American Coot. Other birds on our checklist were Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hammond's Flycatcher, in the Pine Loop area; Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee; both Canyon Towhee and Rufous-crowned Sparrow were singing on the slope below the High Trail; Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Bronzed Cowbird (near the hummingbird garden, seen shortly after 8am, just before the bird walk started); Hooded Oriole (male and female together in the palms just inside the Demo Garden); House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Marceline VandeWater and Jay Taylor
Date: March 23, Sunday

Jay's group saw a Golden Eagle circling high above Ayer Lake, also the first-of-season Zone-tailed Hawk soaring and circling with the Turkey Vultures shortly after the Arboretum opened. Jay's group also saw a Western Wood-pewee near the Drover Shed, while Marceline's found a Mountain Chickadee there; Marceline also showed her group two Fox Sparrows foraging in the leaf litter below the hummingbird feeder in the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. Another BTA birdwalk guide here with friends separately reported the Black-throated Gray Warbler in the Demonstration Garden - enjoying a dip in the birdbath near the hummingbird nectar feeder. The pair of Hooded Mergansers are still on Ayer Lake, along with one Sora there, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-winged Blackbird and American Coot. Other birds on our checklist were Gambel's Quail, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, an empidonax flycatcher (likely Hammond's or Dusky) in the Pine Loop area; Black Phoebe, Bell's Vireo Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee; both Canyon Towhee and Rufous-crowned Sparrow were singing on the slope below the High Trail; Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Bronzed Cowbird (near the hummingbird garden, seen shortly after 8am, just before the bird walk started); Hooded Oriole (male and female together in the palms just inside the Demo Garden); House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: guided 8:30 AM birdwalks continue March 29-30 with a special back-to-back weekend of bird walks guided by Craig Anderson and Monette Zaugg both days at 8:30am.


From: Dave Pearson; additional sightings by Mark Ochs and John Ray
Date: March 22, Saturday

One Black-throated Gray Warbler in the Demonstration Garden was a highlight of today's guided bird walk; Lucy's, Yellow, Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers were also present. One male Broad-tailed Hummingbird (very early) was at the feeder in the demo Garden and Violet-green Swallows and White-throated Swifts flew sorties around the Magma Ridge cliffs; and a Cassin's or Plumbeous Vireo was singing in the Picnic area. Other Saturday birds included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture (at least 35-40 have returned to BTA); Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo (Demonstration Garden); Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Brown-headed Cowbird, Spotted Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Editor's note: our next guided bird walks will be March 29 and 30 (both days 8:30am) with Craig Anderson and Monette Zaugg. EDITOR'S NOTE: guided 8:30 AM birdwalks continue March 29-30 with a special back-to-back weekend of bird walks guided by Craig Anderson and Monette Zaugg both days at 8:30am.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 21, Friday

One calling Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet moved from the Legume Garden to Ayer Lake. A new male Vermilion Flycatcher arrived in the picnic area; two others continued in the Eucalyptus and Pine Loop groves. One Ash-throated Flycatcher called south of the Demo garden along Queen Creek. A singing Gray Vireo foraged above the creek near the High Trail Bridge; other transient vireos included three Cassin’s and one Warbling. The spring’s first Blue-gray Gnatcatcher sang near the Clevenger gardens and the first Yellow Warbler sang in the native riparian area. A Black-throated Gray Warbler and a Painted Redstart were also noted in the canyon. Two male Brown-headed Cowbirds, the season’s first, joined blackbirds to roost in Ayer Marsh. Elf Owl calls were heard above the Cactus Garden and later near the Smith Building. Other species included: Hooded Merganser, Gambel’s Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, American Coot, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, White-throated Swift, hummingbirds (Broad-billed, Anna’s, and Costa’s), Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black and Say’s Phoebes, Bell’s Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Verdin, six wrens (Cactus, Rock, Canyon, House, Bewick’s, Marsh), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy’s Warbler, “Audubon’s” Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Abert’s Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, one “Oregon” Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, two male Hooded Orioles, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow. 65 species


From: Arizona Field Ornithologists Association Board; Marceline VandeWater, Troy Corman, Eric Hough, John Yerger
Date: March 16, Sunday

One Mountain Chickadee was here Sunday, likely the same individual previously reports this Winter. A first-of-season Wilson's Warbler was seen by Eric; other warblers on our guided walk included Orange-crowned, 3 Lucy's and 2 Yellow-Rumped "Audubon's." The visiting pair of Hooded Mergansers remain at Ayer Lake; other birds seen and heard Sunday included 6 Gambel's Quail, 3 Turkey Vulture, 2 Cooper's Hawk, 1 American Coot, 5 Inca Dove, 2 White-throated Swift, 6 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 4 Costa's Hummingbird, 15 Anna's Hummingbird (with three occupied nests!); 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 2 Vermilion Flycatcher, 2 Bell's Vireo, 1 Warbling Vireo (Demonstration Garden, foraging in large pines just inside this garden); 1 Violet-green Swallow, 16 Verdin, 3 Bewick's Wren, 2 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 15 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Hermit Thrush, 1-billed Thrasher, 3 Phainopepla, 1 Canyon Towhee, 10 Abert's Towhee, 2 Spotted Towhee, 3 Song Sparrow, 3 White-crowned Sparrow, 10 Northern Cardinal, 4 Red-winged Blackbird, 1 Hooded Oriole, 16 House Finch, 30+ Lesser Goldfinch and 6 House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: guided 8:30 AM birdwalks continue March 23 with Marceline VandeWater and Jay Taylor as our guides, also a special back-to-back weekend of bird walks guided by Craig Anderson and Monette Zaugg March 29-30.


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: March 15, Saturday

Cinnamon Teal (one drake at Ayer Lake) was a notable highlight this morning, along with the pair of Hooded Mergansers that are still present. Other birds seen and heard on our guided bird walk included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird
Gila Woodpecker, Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker, Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo (one in the Demonstration Garden); Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher , Gnatcatcher sp., Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow -- 45 species total.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 10, Monday

An immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen in Salt Cedars east of the palms. The season's first Warbling Vireo and Hooded Oriole were also noted. An Orange-crowned Warbler foraged in the Demo Garden.


From: Anne Leight
Date: March 9, Sunday

The March 9th bird walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum was pleasantly surprised with Co-leader Dr. Carl Tomoff from Prescott College; he joined Anne Leight, and reported a PAINTED REDSTART in the Pine Loop-Eucalyptus grove and a Pyrrhuloxia above Silver King Wash north of Ayer Lake. While waiting for the walk to start, we were entertained by NORTHERN CARDINALs, GILA WOODPECKER, ANNAS and COSTAS HUMMINGBIRDS, and many VERDIN. We started by discussing the two different types of nests Verdin build: one for sleeping, one for raising young. Soon, we heard two BELL'S VIREOs near the hummingbird feeders; these two have just arrived and are claiming their territory (very vocal). The group then observed an old Bell's vireo nest cleverly suspended in a "V" in a nearby shrub. A Male BROAD-BILLED Hummingbird showed off at the feeders. In the demonstration garden we observed an Anna's Hummingbird on a nest. We heard nestlings in a cholla being fed by a pair of CURVE-BILLED THRASHERS. A male PHAINOPEPLA visited its fresh nest in early stage. Dr. Tomoff asks why the male would have such conspicuous white patches in its wings, then the male flies just overhead to join a female on a neighboring tree. As if on cue, there is the answer. Then we venture to the picnic area and learn how other birds take advantage of the drilling sapsuckers make: the dripping sap is left for other birds, and it attracts insects which also attracts other birds. We heard GAMBEL's QUAIL, and INCA DOVES, singing BEWICK's WRENS, and saw RUBY-CROWNET KINGLETs and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. As we walked into the eucalyptus forest, we were mesmerized by the calling and the beauty of a male VERMILLION FLYCATCHER, when all of a sudden (10:00AM) a COMMON BLACK HAWK lifted off from his overnight roost in a nearby eucalyptus. What a sight! WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS would swoop overhead as we walked toward Ayer Lake. The Vermillion was following us, and a BLACK PHOEBE was interested in the mud left in a hollow from last week's rain. We met up with a group that was watching a BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, some of use only got a glimpse of it, but we did hear it. At Ayer lake, we were glad to see the HOODED MERGANSER pair that has wintered there since December 30th. We could hear a MARSH WREN, and of course the friendly COOT came on shore to great us. We walked on toward Thompson's 'castle' where a pair of SAY"S PHOEBES appeared to carry possible nest material under the eaves. Further down in the canyon we heard the calling of a CANYON WREN (not Dr Tomoff this time), and decided to wait on the suspension bridge until it would show. Well, we waited, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, we waited, LESSER GOLDFINCHs, ABERT'S TOWHEE, then very quickly saw and heard the CANYON WREN. Walking back through the Eucalyptus forest we found a SPOTTED TOWHEE, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, HUTTON"S VIREO, and (Oregon) DARK-EYED JUNCOs. I pointed out an easy way to age Spotted Towhees (by iris color: younger birds have chestnut brown and older birds have blood-red).


From: Mark Ochs and John Ray
Date: March 9, Sunday

Gusty breezes suppressed bird activity early Sunday, but we still found Hooded Merganser and American Coot up at Ayer Lake; other birds around the gardens included Gambel's Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow. EDITOR'S NOTE: guided 8:30 AM birdwalks continue March 15 with Justin Jones as our guide, also a special March 16 Sunday bird walk guided by John Yerger and Eric Hough of the Arizona Field Ornithologists association.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 7, Friday

The exquisite Hooded Mergansers are still at Ayer Lake along with the American Coot, at least one Sora, Marsh Wrens, Song Sparrows, and a pair of Black Phoebe. A White-throated Swift and three Violet-green Swallows flew over the pond. Red-winged and Brewer's Blackbirds and a few European Starlings continue to roost in the marsh. A male Cooper's Hawk launched into courtship flight while the female called from the eucalyptus grove. An adult Red-tailed Hawk cruised over the canyon. Several Anna's Hummingbirds fed fledglings; both Anna's and Costa's gathered nest material. The wintering Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
chased a Red-naped Sapsucker near the pine loop and palm grove area. The garden's first spring Lucy's Warbler foraged in thick vegetation south of the Demo Garden where a pair of Curve-billed Thrashers fed nestlings in a cholla cactus they have used in the past. A Bell's Vireo sang briefly near the visitor center and a second one along riparian vegetation south of the picnic area. A few pairs of Phainopeplas were building nests; some males fed their mates wolfberries. Before sunset the season's first Turkey Vultures (36) arrived. Other species included: Gambel's Quail, single pairs Eurasian Collared-Dove and Mourning Dove, 12 Inca Doves, Broad-billed Hummingbird, the spring's first male Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, "Red-shafted" Northern Flicker, Say's Phoebe, a pair of Vermilion Flycatchers, Common Raven, Verdin, five other wrens (Cactus, Rock, Canyon, House, Bewick's), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, four Green-tailed Towhees, Spotted Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Black-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, one "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman
Date: March 1, Saturday

Well, we waited a half hour, but the rain did not let up much so we walked to the lake and back. With the wind, we were quickly pretty wet. So for the 30 min. of birding: 8 Anna's Hummingbirds, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird (male); 2 Gila Woodpecker, 2 Northern Cardinal, 2 Lesser Goldfinch, 2 Hooded Merganser, 3 N. Rough-winged Swallow, 2 House Finch, 1 Song Sparrow (singing).


From: Cathy Wise and Cindy West
Date: February 17, Monday

The season's first ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was a highlight today and the previously reported MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE is still here, but a territorial male Vermilion Flycatcher in the middle of the Eucalyptus -- calling from a perch above the Main Trail and flying short sorties in the forest was arguably more exciting for our bird walk group. Both HOODED MERGANSERS were together at the southeast edge of Ayer Lake, where we also saw Black Phoebe, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird and Northern Rough-winged Swallow. One YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was still present, too. Other birds on our checklist include Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted); Red-naped Sapsucker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bell's Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush,Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Rick Wright
Date: February 17, Monday

A first-of-season Vermilion Flycatcher, one Sora at Ayer Lake -- and one Harris hawk -- were all highlights for our group of birders visiting from New Jersey. One Mallard was on Ayer Lake, too, and the previously-reported Mountain Chickadee was nearby. Other birds seen and heard Monday include 2 Hooded Mergansers, Gambel's Quail, Cooper's Hawk, 1 American Coot, Mourning Dove, 8 Inca Dove, 2 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Costa's Hummingbird, 8 Anna's Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 2 Say's Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow (also a first-of-season for 2014); Verdin, 4 Bewick's Wren, 4 Cactus Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Marsh Wren, 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 American Robin, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 6 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 4 Abert's Towhee, 1 Spotted Towhee, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrow, 6 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Joanne Barr
Date: Monday, Feb. 17

I birded the gardens as a participant with The Great Backyard Bird Count; highlights include the pair of Hooded Mergansers still at Ayer Lake -- plus one American Coot, 15 Red-winged Blackbirds and a Marsh Wren. Also 2 Orange-crowned Warblers, 1 Canyon Towhee, 5 Black-throated Sparrows -- plus an unseasonably early (and graciously vocal!) Bell's Vireo, probably the same one reported Saturday by Richard Ditch during the birdwalk he and Anne Leight guided at BTA. Read my complete Great Backyard Bird Count checklist, and browse others from around AZ, with a visit to
http://ebird.org/ebird/gbbc/view/checklist?subID=S17041261


From: Richard Ditch and Anne Leight
Date: February 15, Saturday

A distant treat for our bird walk group this morning was the Golden Eagle soaring well above Magma Ridge. Another highlight was a "first of season" Bell's Vireo that was singing on the hillside above and just behind the visitor center. That's my new record for earliest date for a Bell's at BTA -- nearly a full month earlier than the the previous season record of March 13. Other birds seen and heard, in the order they were encourtered, included: House Sparrow, Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Lesser Goldfinch, Gila Woodpecker, House Finch, Inca Dove, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Northern Cardinal, Bewick's Wren, White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Phainopepla, Abert's Towhee, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Mockingbird, Golden Eagle, Cactus Wren, Sora, Song Sparrow, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Common Raven, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, House Wren.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 11, Tuesday

This morning 5 male and 4 female Green-winged Teal and a female Mallard resisted harassment by the resident coot at Ayer Lake. A Red-tailed Hawk chased an adult Golden Eagle away from a previously-used nesting area. A Hutton's Vireo and a Black-throated Gray Warbler foraged in newly leafing and flowering cottonwood and willow canopy near the trailside bench in the native riparian area below Picket Post House. A single Violet-green Swallow flying up the canyon called overhead. I relocated a Green-tailed Towhee wintering in the Chihuahuan Gardens in the Acacia woodland near the conspicuous mistletoe-laden tree.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 9, Sunday

Other birds that I noted later in the afternoon included a SORA at Ayer Lake, the male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the picnic-eucalyptus area, a Say's Phoebe on slopes below Picket Post House, a Mountain Chickadee in the palms-pine loop area, three Rock Wrens, four Marsh Wrens at Ayer Marsh, a pair of Canyon Towhees in the Cactus Garden and another pair near the suspension bridge over Queen creek, and two Black-throated Sparrows in the Chihuahuan Gardens. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks called over Queen Creek canyon and a Great Horned Owl hooted in the native riparian area below Picket Post House. Brewer's and Red-winged Blackbirds roosted in the marsh.


From: Neil Butchard & Catherine Dewar - with Mark Ochs
Date: February 9, Sunday

A handsome male Cinnamon Teal at Ayer Lake was a new bird to see at BTA this morning -- and he was swimming along the southeast shore with the male Hooded Merganser which has been previously reported over the past few weeeks. One American Coot and one Black Phoebe were also at the lake. We had great views of a male Broad-billed Hummingbird in the Hummingbird-Butterfly garden, and saw a female working the flowering aloes just west of the Herb Garden. Others seen and heard today included 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Mourning Dove, 5 Inca Dove, 5 White-throated Swift, 7 Anna's Hummingbird, 1 Costa's Hummingbird, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Red-naped Sapsucker, 7 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 4 Northern Flicker, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Common Raven, 9 Verdin, 7 Cactus Wren, 2 Canyon Wren, 4 Bewick's Wren, 7 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Hermit Thrush, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 5 Curve-billed Thrasher, 4 Phainopepla, 4 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3 Spotted Towhee, 5 Abert's Towhee, 2 Song Sparrow, 3 Lincoln's Sparrow, 4 White-crowned Sparrow, 10 Northern Cardinal, 6 Red-winged Blackbird, 14 House Finch, 6 Lesser Goldfinch, 5 House Sparrow.


From: Troy Corman and Kathe Anderson
Date: February 1, Saturday

The pair of Hooded Mergansers previously reported on Ayer Lake were still there Saturday; the male put on a fine show of preening at the center of the lake for our group while the female stayed close to the cattails along the east (opposite) side of the lake. Marsh Wren, Black Phoebe were also there -- and a nesting Anna's Hummingbird was just below the lake and visible from the main trail. Also notable was one Black-throated Gray Warbler, and also one "first of season" lone Violet-green Swallow, and the dpreviously-reported Mountain Chickadee was seen at the Picnic Area -- with Green-tailed Towhee nearby at the Demonstration Garden. Others seen and heard for our checklist today were 2 Gambel's Quail, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 American Coot, 1 White-throated Swift, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, 3 Costa's Hummingbird, 1 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (most likelt the same continuing adult male that's been previously reported - and working the the same "sapsucker wells" in the pock-marked tree in the Australian Forest, near the "swagman's campfire"); 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Common Raven, 12 Verdin, 2 Canyon Wren, 2 Bewick's Wren, 4 Cactus Wren, 1 Rock Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 6 Hermit Thrush, 1 American Robin, 3 Northern Mockingbird, 5 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Canyon Towhee, 4 Spotted Towhee, 8 Abert's Towhee, 2 Black-throated Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrow, 5 Lincoln's Sparrow, 4 White-crowned Sparrow, 3 Dark-eyed Junco (2 Oregon, 1 Pink-sided); numerous Northern Cardinal, 5 Red-winged Blackbird, 1 Great-tailed Grackle, 10 House Finch and 8 Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: photographer Richard Ditch leads the next BTA guided bird walk Feb. 9, Sunday; check out Rich's photo blog http://www.richditch.wordpress.com


From: Anne Leight
Date: January 19, Sunday

What a pleasant surprise to have Dr. Carl Tomoff (Prescott College) lead a bird walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum Sunday morning. Our adventure began at the hummingbird feeders were we learned about "year-round" species versus "permanent" species (there is a difference!). As we listened, a permanent resident, VERDIN, was very vocal, in addition to both ANNA's and BROAD-BILLED hummingbirds that were taking advantage of the feeders. As we wandered toward the parking area, several GILA WOODPECKERs, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs, and AMERICAN ROBINS darted back and forth across the path. When we stopped, a male NORTHERN CARDINAL posed in full view, while YELLOW-RUMPED Warblers chitted and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETs rasped. As we walked to the entrance of the demonstration garden, we learned to strategize our gait so as to keep the potential bird on the path there as long as possible. This worked as we found SPOTTED TOWHEES, LINCOLN SPARROWs, and a HERMIT THRUSH. A flock of a dozen LESSER GOLDFINCH flew overhead. As we walked toward the edge of the picnic area along queen creek, we spread out (many eyes yield more sightings!) and that worked: We spotted male and female RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERs, a male adult YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (which was at first reluctant to give us a look, before it finally moved to a lower tree and …ahhh…a long great look). A male COSTA's HUMMINGBIRD perched on a snag sounding its siren call. As we looked toward Picket Post Mountain, our binoculars revealed many WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS darting about near the cliffs. My meager count of a dozen was most likely 1/10th of how many there really were. We were just about to leave the picnic area when a wise birder thought to check the area we were leaving, and sure enough, Tom spotted a pair of INCA DOVEs dining under the picnic tables. As we walked along the hillside up toward Ayer Lake, we saw both CANYON and ABERT's TOWHEES, SONG SPARROW (A dark sub-species), GAMBEL'S
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, a BLACK-THROATED SPARROW, and heard ROCK WRENs. A covey of GAMBEL's QUAIL made their presence known. When we arrived at Ayer Lake, it was quiet. Other than the usual greeting from an AMERICAN COOT, we did not see much. But wait … listen ….ah MARSH WREN. And, one…no two BLACK PHOEBEs (Possible early courting behavior) were taking turns perching on the pipe. Then …there they are! Across the lake between two clumps of cattails was a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS! And an added bonus, while we were admiring the mergansers, a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE came out on a branch of the juniper that practically touches the lake's viewing platform. It's great to bird with 16 sets of binoculars! My count during our walk: Common Raven – 3, Verdin – 8, Anna's Hummingbird – 6, American Robin – 3 Curve-billed Thrasher – 3, Northern Cardinal – 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2 "Audubon's Warbler" – 6 Northern Mockingbird – 4 House Finch – 5, Gila Woodpecker – 6, Hermit Thrush – 2, Broad-billed Hummingbird – 2, Spotted Towhee – 3, Lesser Goldfinch – 13, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker – 1 , Canyon Wren - 2, Abert's Towhee – 4, Red-naped Sapsucker – 2 (Adult M&F), Lincoln Sparrow – 3 , Costa's Hummingbird – 2, White-throated swift- 12, Inca Dove – 2, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 1 Adult male, Song Sparrow – 3, Rock Wren – 2, Canyon Towhee – 1, Black-throated Sparrow – 1, Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow – 3, Gambel's Quail – 3, Black Phoebe – 2, American Coot – 2, Red-tailed Hawk – 1, Marsh Wren – 2, Hooded Merganser – 1 pair, Mountain Chickadee – 1.
Editor's Note: Other species Carl noted before or after the walk included: a Hutton's Vireo in the picnic-demo area, a Black-throated Gray Warbler near the palm-olive grove, as well as Red-tailed Hawk, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Say's Phoebe, Canyon Wren, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Cactus Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Phainopepla, Green-tailed Towhee, "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, and House Sparrow. Red-winged and Brewer's Blackbirds roosted in the marsh at Ayer Lake.


From: Nathan Williams (Arizona State University )
Date: January 19, Sunday

2 Hooded Merganser up at Ayer Lake were a highlight Sunday morning - also great views of a Green-tailed Towhee on the south edge of the Demonstration Garden just beyond the hummingbird feeder. Other birds seen and heard include 16 Gambel's Quail, 1 American Kestrel, 1 American Coot, 14 Inca Dove, 10 Anna's Hummingbird, 2 Costa's Hummingbird, 3 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 5 Gila Woodpecker, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (continuing adult male that's been previously reported - with an all-red throat, thick black border, no red on nape, considerable white flecking on back. Made "mew" calls); 2 Red-naped Sapsucker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2 Black Phoebe, 2 Common Raven, 1 Mountain Chickadee (continuing individual); 9 Verdin, 1 Canyon Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 2 Marsh Wren, 5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 11 Hermit Thrush, 3 American Robin, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 4 Curve-billed Thrasher, 8 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Green-tailed Towhee, 5 Spotted Towhee, 7 Abert's Towhee, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 6 White-crowned Sparrow, 12 Northern Cardinal, 14 House Finch and 8 Lesser Goldfinch. Editor's note: see Nathan's complete checklist at eBird [http://ebird.org/content/ebird/] .


From: Mark Ochs and Marceline VandeWater
Date: January 1, Wednesday

Participants on our 'First Day' guided bird walk had the chance to see a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker which has been reported over the past few weeks -- if you're seeking this bird, start down the trail through the Eucalyptus Forest and look to left (East side) - this bird has most often been found working sapsucker wells at one particular heavily pockmarked tree. We had four wren species today: Cactus, Rock, Canyon and Marsh; and three towhees (Abert's, Spotted and also Green-tailed); both Gila and Ladderbacked Woodpeckers, Red-naped Sapsucker and also Northern 'Red-shafted' Flicker. Other birds around the gardens New Year's Day morning included Gambel's Quail, American Coot, Inca Dove, both Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds; Black Phoebe, Common Raven, Verdin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow (also Song and White-crowned); Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch and House Sparrow.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: December 30, Monday

A pair of Hooded Mergansers in exquisite plumage visited Ayer Lake today. A Loggerhead Shrike perched on the hilltop east of the lake and Western Bluebirds passed over the gardens.


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: December 29, Sunday


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Ed Strong

Date: Dec. 2, Monday

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


From: Brenda Williamson & Mike Bianchi

Date: Dec. 1, Sunday

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



From: Cindy West & Cindy Marple

Date: Nov. 24, Sunday     

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



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

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


From: Kathe Anderson and Mark Ochs
Date: November 10, Sunday

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


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

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


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


From: Troy Corman and Anne Leight
Date: October 19

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


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


From: Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton
Date: October 12, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Jay Taylor
Date: August 31, Saturday

On today's guided bird walk we counted 76 Turkey Vultures; a highlight of the morning for our group of 20 people was seeing one of the two previously reported immature sibling TV's seen scrambling around the cliffs high above Queen Creek -- and taking a few flights. The plumage was mainly black on this bird, but included some white (presumably downy) feathers on the head and back. We clearly heard the call of a Flicker from Silver King Wash below Ayer Lake; without a visual, though, its not certain whether we heard the first returning Northern of the Fall-Winter, or a Gilded (which seems more likely, given the habitat). Also notable were 3 Western Wood-Pewees; migrant warblers moving through included Nashville, MacGillivray's and Wilson's (1 each), with 4 Yellow Warblers and one Common Yellowthroat seen at Ayer Lake. A Pyrrhuloxia in the Demonstration Garden at the end of our walk was also notable. If you visit this week and are birding between 8:00-9:00am, looks for views of the High Trail approximately across from the Herb Garden, our group had great views of a perched Zone-tailed Hawk on a snag above the High Trail. Other birds seen and heard today include: 12 Gambel's Quail, 2 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 1 White-winged Dove, 6 Mourning Dove, 8 Inca Dove, 3 Anna's Hummingbird, 6 Broad-billed Hummingbird, 6 Gila Woodpecker, 3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 American Kestrel, 2 Black Phoebe, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1 Brown-crested Flycatcher, 1 Cassin's Kingbird, 5 Western Kingbird, 7 Bell's Vireo, 2 Warbling Vireo, 1 Common Raven, 9 Verdin, 2 Rock Wren, 4 Canyon Wren, 1 Marsh Wren int reeds at Ayer Lake); 3 wick's Wren, 3 Cactus Wren, 1 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, 3 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Phainopepla, 1 Lucy's Warbler, 3 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Canyon Towhee, 11 Abert's Towhee, 4 Black-throated Sparrow, 1 Lark Bunting (a female seen in the desert area surrounding the parking lot); 2 Song Sparrow, 1 Summer Tanager, 4 Western Tanager, 13 Northern Cardinal, 2 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 Lazuli Bunting, 1 Bronzed Cowbird (this bird had a dark unstreaked back and breast and was being fed by a Northern Cardinal, but the throat appeared to be washed with yellow, perhaps from pollen?); 2 Hooded Oriole, 27 House Finch and 36 Lesser Goldfinch.
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From: Carl Tomoff
Date: August 19, Monday

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


From: Mark Ochs
Date: August 18, Sunday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: August 8, Thursday

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


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

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 17, Wednesday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 9, Tuesday

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


From: Mark Ochs
Date: June 30, Sunday

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


From: Anne Leight
Date: June 29, Saturday

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


From: Nathan Robert Williams
Date: Date: June 22, Saturday

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


From: David Moll
Date: June 2, Sunday

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 27, Memorial Day Monday

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 19, Sunday

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


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

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


From: Mark Ochs
Date: May 5, Sunday

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


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

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


From: Pete Moulton & Cynthia Donald, also Richard Ditch
Date: April 20, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: April 5, Friday

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


From: Jack Holloway
Date: April 2, Tuesday

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: April 1, Monday

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: April 1, Monday

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


From: Nathan Robert Williams
Date: March 30, Saturday

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 16, Saturday

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


From: Craig Anderson
Date: March 16, Saturday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 15, Friday

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


From: Babs Buck
Date: March 13, Wednesday

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


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

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: March 11, Monday

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


From: Troy Corman
Date: March 10, Sunday

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


From: Richard Ditch
Date: March 10, Sunday

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 3, Sunday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: March 2, Saturday

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


From: Troy Corman
Date: March 2, Saturday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 27, Wednesday

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


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

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


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

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


From: Andree Tarby
Date: February 17, Sunday

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


From: Monette Zaugg & Craig Anderson
Date: February 16, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Monday January 7

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: January 6, Sunday

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


From: Mark Ochs and Joanne Barr
Date: January 1, Tuesday

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


From: Craig Fischer
Date: Thursday December 27

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: December 23, Sunday

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


From: Troy Corman
Date: November 25, Sunday

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


From: Matt Norris (Wild Bird Store birders' group - Tucson)
Date: November 18, Sunday

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


From: Andree Tarby and Marceline VandeWater (Audubon/IBA Group)
Date: November 17, Saturday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: November 17, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Joshua Theurer
Date: October 22, Sunday

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


From: Richard Ditch
Date: October 20, Saturday

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


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: October 14, Sunday

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


From: Magill Weber
Date: October 8, Monday

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


From: Cindy Marple
Date: October 6, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: September 7, Friday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: September 6, Thursday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: August 15, Wednesday

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


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

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 13, Friday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 10, Tuesday

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 6, Friday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 3, Tuesday

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


From: Mark Ochs
Date: June 23, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 13, Sunday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 12, Saturday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 11, Friday

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


From: Tom Ziebell
Date: April 30, Monday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: April 28, Saturday

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: April 22, Sunday

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


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

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


From: Richard Ditch
Date: April 21, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: March 26, Monday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Troy Corman
Date: March 4, Sunday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 27, Monday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 26, Sunday

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


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: February 26, Sunday

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: February 12, Sunday

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


From: Jim Burns
Date: February 12, Sunday

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


From: Cathy Wise
Date: February 4, Saturday

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: January 16, Monday

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


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: January 15, Sunday

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


From: Rick Wright and Darlene Smyth
Date: January 12, Thursday

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


From: Jim Kopitzke
Date: January 8, Sunday

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: January 1, Sunday

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


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

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: December 18, Sunday

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

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


From: Hank Vanderpol (Nature Calgary)
Date: December 7, Wednesday

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


From: Marceline Vandewater & Cathy Wise
Date: December 3, Saturday

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


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: November 27, Sunday

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


From: Cindy Marple and Cindy West
Date: November 13, Sunday

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


From: Troy Corman
Date: November 5, Saturday

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


From: Kathe Anderson and John Ray
Date: October 23, Sunday

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


From: Dave Pearson
Date: October 15, Saturday

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


From: Troy Corman
Date: October 9, Sunday

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


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

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


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

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


From: Troy Corman
Date: September 18, Sunday

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


From: John Saba
Date: September 12, Monday

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: September 2, Friday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Wednesday, August 31

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Tuesday, August 30

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


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

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


From: Craig Anderson
Date: August 21, Sunday

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


From: John Saba
Date: July 30, Saturday

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


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: July 17, Sunday

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


From: Eric Hough
Date: July 12, Tuesday

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


From: Rick Wright
Date: July 9, Saturday

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 4, Monday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: July 2, Saturday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: June 28, Tuesday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: June 27, Monday

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


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

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


From: Dave Pearson
Date: June 12, Sunday

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 29, Sunday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 28, Saturday

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: May 20, Friday

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


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

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


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

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


From: Joanne Barr
Date: May 1, Sunday

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


From: David Pearson
Date: April 30, Saturday

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


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: April 24, Sunday

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


From: Wes Ringering
Date: April 17, Sunday

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


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

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


From: Cindy West
Date: April 10, Sunday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: March 22, Tuesday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Harold Bond
Date: March 6, Sunday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From:: Richard Ditch
Date: February 5, Saturday

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: January 24, Monday

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


From: Jack Bartley
Date: January 15, Saturday

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: January 10, Monday

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


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


From: Judy Johnson
Date: January 5, Wednesday

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


From: Craig Fischer & Christmas Bird Count Volunteers
Date: December 26, Sunday

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


From: Jack Bartley
Date: December 19, Sunday

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


From: Gary Nunn
Date: December 18, Saturday

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


From: John Yerger & Gary Nunn
Date: December 11, Saturday

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


From: Cindy West and Kathe Anderson
Date: December 4, Saturday

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


From: Cindy Marple (with additional sightings noted separately at the end)
Date: November 28, Sunday

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


From: Troy Corman (with links to photos by Richard Ditch - many taken here at the Arboretum)
Date: November 20, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Jack Holloway
Date: October 25, Monday

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


From: Lisa Langell
Date: October 24, Sunday

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


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

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


From: Dave Pearson
Date: October 16, Saturday

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


From: Richard Ditch
Date: October 11, Sunday

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


From: Richard Ditch
Date: February 14, Sunday

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: January 14, Thursday

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


From: Diane Touret (Tucson Audubon Society trip)
Date: January 12, Tuesday

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


From: Nancy and Reed Miller
Date: January 5, Tuesday

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


From: Steve and Joan Hosmer
Date: January 4, Monday

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


From: Craig Fischer and Christmas Bird Count Volunteers (Arboretum and nearby areas)
Date: December 26, Saturday

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


From: Craig Hansen, Jolan and Brandon
Date: December 22, Tuesday

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


From: Jack Bartley
Date: December 12, Saturday

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


From: Jim Burns
Date: December 6, Sunday

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


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


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



From: Richard Ditch
Date: November 21, Saturday

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


From: Karen Stucke
Date: November 14, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Richard Ditch
Date: October 21, Wednesday

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


From: Richard Ditch
Date: October 17, Saturday

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


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

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


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

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


From: Brendon Grice
Date: September 27, Sunday

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


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

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


From: Jim Burns
Date: September 18, Friday

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


From: Vera Walters
Date: September 14, Monday

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


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

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


From: Scott and Becky Allen
Date: Saturday August 29

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


From: Marceline VandeWater
Date: Tuesday August 25

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


From: Jim Burns
Date: Sunday August 16

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


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

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


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday August 2

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


From: Dave Pearson
Date: Saturday July 11

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


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Saturday July 4

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


From: Gary Nunn
Date: Thursday June 18

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


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

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


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday June 7

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


From: Gary Nunn
Date: Tuesday, June 2

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


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday May 31

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


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Saturday May 23

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


From: Jack Bartley
Date: Saturday May 16

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Monday April 20

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Sunday April 19

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Friday April 10

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Cindy Marple
Date: Sunday, March 8

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


From: Carl Tomoff
Date: Saturday, March 7

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


From: Marceline Vandewater
Date: Saturday, March 7

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


From: Kathe Anderson
Date: Wednesday, March 4

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


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

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


From: Jerry Hammon
Date: Tuesday, March 3

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


From: Cindy West
Date: Saturday, February 28

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Friday, February 13

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


From: Troy Corman
Date: Sunday, February 8

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


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

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


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

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Wednesday, February 4

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


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

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


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

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


From: John Ray (with a few additional sightings -- see Editor's Note at the end)
Date: Saturday, January 31

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Thursday, January 29

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


From: Diane Krpan
Date: Sunday, January 25

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Friday, January 23

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Tuesday, January 13

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


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

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


From: Jane Wicklund
Date: Friday, January 9

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


From: Craig Fischer
Date: Monday, December 29

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


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