The bi-monthly Tucson Audubon Society trips tp our location have helped to expand our yard list. We submit our findings to e-bird.org, as WOW Arizona B&B is listed as a birding hotspot. Saturday, November 21, we added another significant bird to the list as trip attendee Jan Allen spotted AND photographed a Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum), a first for our place!
I returned to the grounds and have sighted the bird each day since, and, got a good photo of it resting in the hackberry tree.
Our two Broad-tailed Hummingbirds continue their presence, as well. They are here throughout the day and many visitors have enjoyed seeing them with the other three species in residence. When submitting to e-bird, we are required to provide a proof photo (great policy, promotes real science). A ‘feeder shot’ may not be the most artistic, or, evenconsidered ‘pedestrian’ by some. We counter with “better a feeder shot, than no bird at all”.
STILL MORE! Another first for our place, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. While seen often two miles from here, up in the desert scrub/upland, we have not had them here in our riparian area. We had four of them hunting bugs in a hackberry tree.
The Harris’s Hawks continue their presence, as well. It appears the ravens have nested elsewhere, as we have seen them flying overhead with material in their mouths and their aggression on the grounds has ceased. The Copper’s is still vying for nesting rights, so the drama continues. The Sharp-shinned is making a play, also.