There were 12 of us in all..we split up into two groups to cover different areas.
First stop Red Springs in Calico Basin…it was pretty quiet..
We did see Phainopepla’s, White Crowned sparrows, Mockingbirds, Rock Wren. Meadowlarks, Juncos
The next stop was at at water tank bubbler, built years ago by the Corp of Engineers.
From there both groups of six met at Spring Mountain Ranch state park.
A resident Roadrunner greets us.
See the tiny dots on the pond..
Again..who cares about lack of birds..Loggerhead shrike allowed me great views.. A distant Great blue heron…hunting for chipmunks? As we have lunch the resident Roadrunner comes out and asks for a handout…
more beautiful views…but..slow birding..
I felt we should have spent more time here…lots more birds..but we just did a very brief stop thru town to find the Mexican Black-throated Magpie Jay..
The story that the ranger told us was that the Jay was spotted in town after a hurricane in the south about 4 years ago…and has been here since..Escapee..maybe..
We found the bird ..we had obstructed views….but Wow…what an incredibly cool bird with its long tail and tufted head.
We are going out again with my twitter friend @Patbumstead from Canada and Bird Canada Blog she is visiting family in the area..
A Red-naped sapsucker was another good find in town..
the visit was so brief..cant wait to go back and see what else we can find in town..
We finished the count at 2pm
Total bird species of the day 47