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Southeastern Arizona
May 10-19, 2008

Perhaps it was the amazing looks at Elegant Trogan at a nest site in Cave Creek Canyon. Maybe the copulating Gray Hawks near Patagonia were to blame. A dozen species of hummingbird might have been a factor. We even celebrated Joan Thompson's 80th birthday. But it was probably the combination of the finest desert birds and a friendly group of birders that made the 2008 Arizona trip such a success.

We also saw Northern Pygmy Owls and Northern (Red-shafted) Flickers copulating. We found 17 species of flycatcher, including spectacular looks at Vermillion Flycatcher, not to mention Heidi Rich's stunning acheivement, perhaps a first in the annals of birding: seeing Tropical Kingbird and Thick-billed Kingbird each cough up a pellet. We found the nests of Broad-billed and Black-chinned hummingbirds, Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher, Bell's Vireo and several others. Bryan's most memorable moments included knee-weakening looks at Prairie Falcon and Buff-breasted Flycatcher.

Below is the trip list (208 species).

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
American Wigeon
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead *
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Scaled Quail
Gambel’s Quail
Montezuma Quail*
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Neotropic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
White-faced Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Gray Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Zone-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
Spotted Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Franklin’s Gull *
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Western Screech-Owl
Whiskered Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Elf Owl
Spotted Owl
Lesser Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
White-throated Swift
Broad-billed Hummingbird
White-eared Hummingbird
Berylline Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Blue-throated Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird
Lucifer Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Costa’s Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird *
Elegant Trogon
Acorn Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Arizona Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Gilded Flicker
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
Tufted Flycatcher
Greater Pewee
Western Wood-Pewee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Buff-breasted Flycatcher
Tufted Flycatcher *
Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Cassin’s Kingbird
Thick-billed Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell’s Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo *
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay *
Mexican Jay
Chihuahuan Raven
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow *
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Mexican Chickadee
Bridled Titmouse
Juniper Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Cactus Wren
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Bendire’s Thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher
Crissal Thrasher *
European Starling
Olive Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Grace’s Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Red-faced Warbler
Painted Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat
Hepatic Tanager
Summer Tanager
Western Tanager
Flame-colored Tanager
Green-tailed Towhee *
Spotted Towhee
Canyon Towhee
Abert’s Towhee
Rufous-winged Sparrow
Botteri’s Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Five-striped Sparrow *
Chipping Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow *
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Yellow-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak *
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Varied Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Bullock’s Oriole
Scott’s Oriole
Cassin’s Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch *
House Sparrow

* birds Bryan saw during his pre-trip scouting.

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Elegant Trogon

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Northern Pygmy Owl

Montezuma Quail

Gray Hawk

Flame-colored Tanager

About 15 feet from Spotted Owls

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