WOW Arizona provided refreshments for the group of guests. Many people donated to our ‘Feed Fund’ and we are very thankful for that. Our sixty bird feeders require a lot of filling as well as maintenance.
There were many happy faces! Guides Bob & Prudy Bowers were excellent in handling such a diverse group. Here’s there account of the day!
Another great field trip to Worlds of Wildlife–Arizona yesterday. Hosts Christopher and Mary Ellen continue to outdo themselves with improvements to the viewing areas and paths, not to mention making coffee and water available. Considering that they have had to deal with 10 inches of rain so far this monsoon and repeated flooding of the part of their ‘park’ adjacent to the Canada del Oro Wash, their hospitality is all the more remarkable. Once more, we thank them for opening their botanic and birding paradise to us free of charge! If you have missed this opportunity to date, note that we will be visiting WOWAZ often in the future, and that we will be scheduling these on different days of the week and at different starting times to accommodate more participants.
Note also that this location is much like Paton’s in Patagonia, with a large patio area, comfortable seating and dozens of feeders (33 hummingbird feeders alone currently). It’s a perfect setup for anyone with mobility issues, as well, with just a short walk from parking to the patio, and located in Catalina, much closer to northwest Tucson residents than Paton’s. In addition, the grounds are extensively planted with native grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees, attracting as many butterflies as birds, and the hosts’ knowledge of the plants is exceptional and readily shared.
Yesterday’s visit was another great time, though a particularly aggressive Cooper’s Hawk wanted our attention more than usual, keeping some of the regular birds (like Woodpeckers and Jays) in hiding. Nevertheless, we still documented 20 species in a short visit, and there were so many hummingbirds constantly that no one complained. A couple of unexpected birds might have been seen as well, though we weren’t able to confirm them. The full checklist appears below.
Other birding commentary: We still have male and female Hooded Orioles here in SaddleBrooke, though the White-winged Doves appear to have flown south. Very soon we should see White-crowned Sparrows and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Nectar-feeding bats are also around, so if you want to feed your hummers instead of bats, you can simply put your feeders on a flat surface after dark. Bats can’t get to a feeder on your hot tub cover or an outside table, but early morning hummingbirds can, and will, so you don’t have to get up at daybreak to re-hang them. Nothing wrong with feeding bats, by the way, but be prepared to lay in a lot of sugar, or maybe leave one feeder up at night just for bats.
Bob and Prudy
T.A.S. (Tucson Audubon Society) is returning on Saturday for another visit.