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Operation PhotoTrogon Cease #8 – Paton Middle Redux – Reflections of the Pure World


This weblog sequence chronicles the adventures that Wealthy Brown and I skilled on our quest to seek out and {photograph} the superb birds of Southeast Arizona in Could of 2022.

Nicely, we opted to not swing by Tony and Julie’s Battiste Mattress Breakfast & Birds to search for the Elf Owl final night time as we have been simply plain tuckered out from three lengthy days of a really fulfilling, however barely arduous birding and images. So we have been up early this morning, left Sierra Vista and headed in direction of Patagonia. As we pulled in to the car parking zone on the Paton Middle for Hummingbirds, we didn’t get 10 ft earlier than we have been distracted by many alternative species of birds coming to the feeders.

Curve-billed Thrasher

We settled in for a really calm and serene morning that was very quiet with a number of birds coming and going on the feeders.

Abert’s Towhee
Abert’s Towhee

The tranquility of the morning nonetheless was quickly damaged with the arrival of a contingent of birders from the Wings birding tour firm. With a cacophony of noise and disruptive actions they descended on the quiet morning setting like a herd of water buffalo. They have been utterly oblivious to the setting and the must be calm and quiet. The birder that was sitting subsequent to me commented that their chief wanted to quiet them down and take management of this boisterous group. Nevertheless, it appeared the primary offender for a lot of the noise was the chief himself. The 2 of us have been extraordinarily aggravated with their lack of consideration.

I ended up leaving the compound and walked down the street in direction of the Sonoita Creek protect simply attempting to see what was there. I observed a flock of vultures overhead and shortly began scanning hoping for one in all our goal birds, the Zone-tailed Hawk.

Black Vulture & Turkey Vulture

Alas, I used to be not profitable in selecting that focus on chook out however I did get good seems at each Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures.

Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture

After a few moments of having fun with extra Bell’s Vireo and Dusky-capped Flycatchers, somebody known as out a Grey Hawk that was flying overhead. I did efficiently seize one picture of the chook in flight earlier than it was misplaced amongst the bushes over the river.

Grey Hawk

I used to be capable of get extra pictures of the very cool colourful birds of this a part of the nation.

White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Grosbeak
Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal – Feminine
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Yellow-breasted Chat
Western Tanager – Feminine
Blue Grosbeak
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-breasted Chat

Ebird Guidelines Hyperlink for Paton Middle for Hummingbirds 12 Could 2022

Subsequent Cease – Santa Rita Mountains



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