Sunday, June 15, 2014

SE Arizona Day 7: Sweetwater Wetlands and Mt. Lemmon

After the break-neck pace we had kept up for the previous six days, our final morning of birding Arizona felt quite leisurely as we hung around Tucson, picking up trip, state, and county birds. We started at Sweetwater Wetlands, which is a very euphemistically named waste water treatment plant that had a nice assortment of birds, including more Black-necked Stilts and an American Avocet. Abert's Towhees were everywhere too.

Ruddy Duck
Sweetwater Wetlands, Pima Co, AZ
May 25, 2014

Common Gallinule
Sweetwater Wetlands, Pima Co, AZ
May 25, 2014


Ground squirrel
Sweetwater Wetlands, Pima Co, AZ
May 25, 2014

Then it was back up Mt. Lemmon, where we didn't add any new birds for the trip, but did get some excellent looks at a few we had only seen briefly already. I was thrilled to hear and get pics of Greater Pewee and Red-faced Warbler. Watching a tussle between a Red-faced Warbler and Painted Redstart was probably the highlight of the day and will stick with me as it will likely be a while before I see either of them.

Rock Wren
Mt Lemmon, Pima Co, AZ
May 25, 2014

Grace's Warbler
Rose Canyon, Pima Co, AZ
May 25, 2014



Cordilleran Flycathcer
Rose Canyon, Pima Co, AZ
May 25, 2014

Greater Pewee
Rose Canyon, Pima Co, AZ
May 25, 2014

Red-faced Warbler
Rose Canyon, Pima Co, AZ
May 25, 2014

And with that, the trip came to a close and we headed to our respective homes. Over the course of the week, here's what we racked up:

Total species: 185 (list below)

Cochise Co: 156
Pima Co: 116
Santa Cruz Co: 100

Both of our state lists flew past 200, and mine landed at 216. This is my fifth state over 200 species; Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Illinois are the others.

2 lifers for my dad, bringing him to 650 for the ABA.
37 lifers for me, bringing me to 569 for the ABA, and awfully close to 700 for my world list.

I had right around a hundred year birds, bringing me close to 400 for 2014 (which I have now passed).

And here's all the birdies we saw:

  1. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  2. Mallard
  3. Blue-winged Teal
  4. Cinnamon Teal
  5. Northern Shoveler
  6. Ruddy Duck
  7. Scaled Quail
  8. Gambel's Quail
  9. Montezuma Quail
  10. Wild Turkey
  11. Pied-billed Grebe
  12. Neotropic Cormorant
  13. Great Blue Heron
  14. Green Heron
  15. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  16. White-faced Ibis
  17. Black Vulture
  18. Turkey Vulture
  19. Cooper's Hawk
  20. Harris's Hawk
  21. Gray Hawk
  22. Swainson's Hawk
  23. Zone-tailed Hawk
  24. Red-tailed Hawk
  25. Common Gallinule
  26. American Coot
  27. Black-necked Stilt
  28. American Avocet
  29. American Golden-Plover
  30. Snowy Plover
  31. Killdeer
  32. Spotted Sandpiper
  33. Willet
  34. Long-billed Curlew
  35. Baird's Sandpiper
  36. Wilson's Phalarope
  37. Red-necked Phalarope
  38. Bonaparte's Gull
  39. Ring-billed Gull
  40. Black Tern
  41. Elegant Tern
  42. Rock Pigeon
  43. Band-tailed Pigeon
  44. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  45. White-winged Dove
  46. Mourning Dove
  47. Inca Dove
  48. Common Ground-Dove
  49. Whiskered Screech-Owl
  50. Great Horned Owl
  51. Elf Owl
  52. Spotted Owl
  53. Lesser Nighthawk
  54. Common Poorwill
  55. Buff-collared Nightjar
  56. Mexican Whip-poor-will
  57. White-throated Swift
  58. Magnificent Hummingbird
  59. Blue-throated Hummingbird
  60. Black-chinned Hummingbird
  61. Anna's Hummingbird
  62. Costa's Hummingbird
  63. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
  64. Broad-billed Hummingbird
  65. Violet-crowned Hummingbird
  66. White-eared Hummingbird
  67. Elegant Trogon
  68. Acorn Woodpecker
  69. Gila Woodpecker
  70. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  71. Hairy Woodpecker
  72. Arizona Woodpecker
  73. Northern Flicker
  74. American Kestrel
  75. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
  76. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  77. Greater Pewee
  78. Western Wood-Pewee
  79. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
  80. Cordilleran Flycatcher
  81. Buff-breasted Flycatcher
  82. Say's Phoebe
  83. Vermilion Flycatcher
  84. Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  85. Ash-throated Flycatcher
  86. Brown-crested Flycatcher
  87. Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
  88. Tropical Kingbird
  89. Cassin's Kingbird
  90. Thick-billed Kingbird
  91. Western Kingbird
  92. Loggerhead Shrike
  93. Bell's Vireo
  94. Plumbeous Vireo
  95. Hutton's Vireo
  96. Warbling Vireo
  97. Steller's Jay
  98. Western Scrub-Jay
  99. Mexican Jay
  100. Chihuahuan Raven
  101. Common Raven
  102. Horned Lark
  103. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  104. Violet-green Swallow
  105. Bank Swallow
  106. Barn Swallow
  107. Cliff Swallow
  108. Mexican Chickadee
  109. Bridled Titmouse
  110. Juniper Titmouse
  111. Verdin
  112. Bushtit
  113. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  114. White-breasted Nuthatch
  115. Pygmy Nuthatch
  116. Brown Creeper
  117. Rock Wren
  118. Canyon Wren
  119. House Wren
  120. Bewick's Wren
  121. Cactus Wren
  122. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  123. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
  124. Black-capped Gnatcatcher
  125. Western Bluebird
  126. Hermit Thrush
  127. American Robin
  128. Curve-billed Thrasher
  129. Northern Mockingbird
  130. European Starling
  131. American Pipit
  132. Phainopepla
  133. Olive Warbler
  134. Black-and-white Warbler
  135. Lucy's Warbler
  136. Virginia's Warbler
  137. Common Yellowthroat
  138. Hooded Warbler
  139. Bay-breasted Warbler
  140. Yellow Warbler
  141. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  142. Grace's Warbler
  143. Black-throated Gray Warbler
  144. Rufous-capped Warbler
  145. Wilson's Warbler
  146. Red-faced Warbler
  147. Painted Redstart
  148. Yellow-breasted Chat
  149. Green-tailed Towhee
  150. Spotted Towhee
  151. Rufous-crowned Sparrow
  152. Canyon Towhee
  153. Abert's Towhee
  154. Rufous-winged Sparrow
  155. Botteri's Sparrow
  156. Chipping Sparrow
  157. Black-chinned Sparrow
  158. Lark Sparrow
  159. Five-striped Sparrow
  160. Black-throated Sparrow
  161. Song Sparrow
  162. White-crowned Sparrow
  163. Yellow-eyed Junco
  164. Hepatic Tanager
  165. Summer Tanager
  166. Western Tanager
  167. Northern Cardinal
  168. Pyrrhuloxia
  169. Black-headed Grosbeak
  170. Blue Grosbeak
  171. Lazuli Bunting
  172. Indigo Bunting
  173. Varied Bunting
  174. Red-winged Blackbird
  175. Eastern Meadowlark
  176. Great-tailed Grackle
  177. Bronzed Cowbird
  178. Brown-headed Cowbird
  179. Hooded Oriole
  180. Bullock's Oriole
  181. Scott's Oriole
  182. House Finch
  183. Pine Siskin
  184. Lesser Goldfinch
  185. House Sparrow