Sam Lena Park, Tucson, Arizona

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In my continuing tour of the many sites for birding here in the Tucson, Arizona area, I have run across the Sam Lena Park, and athletic complex. It is gonna take quite a bit of time to get thru all of Tucson’s Parks, but, I am going to give it my all and see if I can get some birds lists at every one of them before the end of the year. The post Sam Lena Park, Tucson, Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Sam Lena Park Southeast Arizona Birding Tucson Arizona

Why Tucson, for the birds of course!

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Now that Jeanne and I have settled here in Tucson, Arizona, we have been questioned by our friends dozens of times….Why Why Tucson? 10 countries, over 1300 bird species, and now I have limited my various twitches to just one county, Pima, which pretty much surrounds the greater Tucson Arizona. So, why Tucson, why not? This is the Violet-crowned Hummingbird that is a resident of the Tucson Audubon Society’s Paton Hummingbird center.

Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers near Tucson

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The post Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers near Tucson appeared first on 10,000 Birds. South East Arizona is known for some truly amazing birding, and another one of the specialties that this area is known for is the Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – Myiodynasters luteiventris. This bird is rarely seen in the US, other than here, where this boldly patterned bird actually somewhat common, especially up in the Madera Canyon area. Just another great reason to plan at trip to South East Arizona!

Grey2K Video Exposes Cruelty at Tucson Greyhound Park

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greyhounds tucson arizonaGrey2K is a greyhound advocacy group. Here is the link to the video showing kennel conditions. They had professional investigators there last summer.

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The Little Big Year – Week 42: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands.

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Just a few miles northwest of downtown Tucson, the Sweetwater Wetlands is truly a birding gem. The city of Tucson sends treated water through sediments beneath the recharged basins which then replenishes the local aquifer. The recovered wastewater is distributed for reuse in Tucson’s golf courses, parks, schools, and other large turf irrigation areas. The post The Little Big Year – Week 42: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands.

Fall migration brings rarities to Tucson

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The Santa Cruz River flows right thru the middle of Tucson, and other than when we receive the heavy seasonal “Monsoon” rains, it is large, wide and completely dry. In the last few months, the City of Tucson has started using the treated gray water from the waste treatment plants, to provide some small amount of year round flow back to the river system. The post Fall migration brings rarities to Tucson appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Little Big Year-Week 37: Settling down in Tucson AZ

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Now that we have “settled” in Tucson, Arizona, or at least this is where the 5th Wheel is for the time being, it has been nice to be able to spread out a bit. This was the weather that greeted us when we made the 60 mile trip from Tucson, down to Patagonia, AZ and the Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds. The post Little Big Year-Week 37: Settling down in Tucson AZ appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Tucson AZ Little Big Year Paton Hummingbird Center

The Little Bird Year: Week 41 – Madera Canyon, Tucson Arizona

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Tucson Arizona is turning out to be a very birdy area. I have to admit I stole some parts of that phrase from the director of the Tucson Audubon Society, Jonathan E. Situated in the Santa Rita Mountains, south of Tucson. The post The Little Bird Year: Week 41 – Madera Canyon, Tucson Arizona appeared first on 10,000 Birds. We are finally getting settled this week, now that we are back from Costa Rica, and in what we refer to as our temporarily-permanent new home.

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Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona

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They are located in the Santa Cruz Flats just north of Tucson, and are quite honestly, living right alongside the road. Birding burrowing owls Ferruginous Pygmy-owls Northern Pygmy-Owl Southeast Arizona Birding tucsonThe last couple of weeks have really been a boom for me personally, as far as spotting our local owls goes. Getting to actually see four species, in the last two weeks, and to hear two more is almost unheard of in my experience.

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Hot Birds at Agua Caliente Park

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Tucson, AZ, August 2012 – When you get a bunch of bird bloggers together, which you do you imagine comes first: birds or blogs? Swarovski Optik confirmed the obvious answer rather quickly when the SONA group invited a bunch of us to Tucson for a Social Media Summit. Just another lizard in a tree Agua Caliente, like every other place in the Tucson area, is also awesome for insects and herps. Trips Arizona bloggers Swarovski tucson

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A pelican in the poo pond

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One of the small cities south of Tucson Arizona, Amado, has a very small pond, right along highway 19, also known as the Nogales Highway.

Arivaca Lake- The last stop before Mexico

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If they are passing thru Pima County, and the Tucson area, Arivaca Lake is the last stop for water before crossing the US/Mexico border. This 90 acre lake, managed by Arizona Fish and Wildlife is about a 45 mile drive from Tucson, and 9 miles from Mexico, as the Chihuahuan Raven flies. From my house in Tucson, it is about an hour and a half drive, on all paved road until the last 6 miles.

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The benefits of hurricanes in Southeast Arizona

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With the formation of last week’s hurricane, it delivered a Magnificent Frigatebird , a Wood Stork , and a Herring Gull to the Tucson area. Sunday afternoon, I arrived at the Tucson airport, and was immediately on the phone to local birder Brian Nicholas, hoping to get some word of the birds lingering presence. For the past few weeks I have been touting all the different reasons that Southeast Arizona is such an amazing area for birding.

SE Arizona 10 day birding blitz!

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I had just wrapped up lending a hand with the Tucson Arizona South-east Birding Festival, my wife Jeanne was going out of town for those same ten days, local Tucson birding legend Brian Nicholas had offered to show me a few of his favorite, as yet unknown to me hot spots, and at the end of this marathon of birding, we are moving into a brand new, our first ever house, so my bird trips were going to be severely diminished while we moved in and got the house set up.

The Little Big Year-Week 44: Off to the islands ‘Mon

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That was the best possible spot we could find from our Tucson base, and given our badly stressed budget. It just so happens, that there were some pretty decent priced flights out of Tucson, so Jeanne booked a couple of tickets, and then had to beat it back home from Texas. A 14 hour driving day got us to El Paso, and then a short drive the next day got us back in the Tucson area with a half day to wrap up some business, get packed and get to the airport by 4:30 Saturday morning.

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Still chasing rarities in SE Arizona

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After an extensive year of travel in 2018, I have mainly focused on Pima County and the Tucson area for my birding. As we march ever closer to the end of 2019, I continue to marvel at the number of birds that pass thru, or reside in this relatively small area. The early part of the year found me learning my way around, and meeting some incredible people. This also provided me with the “Low Hanging Fruit” of birds, you know, the easy stuff.

The Little Big Year – Week 43: Last minute trip to Texas

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Things had just started to settle down a bit, now that we had parked the RV in Tucson. We left Tucson on Monday, and drove to Alpine, Texas for our first night. There better be at least 30” was that number she threw out at me, as we were driving away from Tucson. We were making some new birding friends, learning the local hotspots etc.

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Hot Birds and Bloggers in Arizona

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I just returned from a phenomenal long weekend in Tucson, AZ where I participated in a really enjoyable event. This is Arizona This is Arizona This is Arizona! Our friends at Swarovski Optik organized a Birding Social Media Summit to discuss the many ways in which birding and socal media intersect. As you can imagine, I spent time with some extremely interesting individuals.

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of August 2012?

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You’ll find me in the area of Tucson, Arizona with a number of other people you probably know. Is it possible to travel too much during the summer? My typical response any season would be a resounding NO, but then again I’m usually battling a chronic case of wanderlust. But I’ve been on the move a lot lately at a time when responsibilities in my home territory continue to mount. One wonders how birding tour leaders and industry reps manage to embrace life on the road.

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Saguaro National Park: Cacti as Oases in the Desert

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Much like how Everglades National Park flanks the western border of metropolitan Miami, Florida, Saguaro National Park flanks both the eastern and western outskirts of Tucson, making for easy access to residents and tourists alike who spend time in that city.

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The Little Big Year-week 46: All this fun comes to an end

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When we returned to Tucson, from the Bahamas, I was approaching a milestone number, 1300 bird species, and drove myself hard, climbing, hiking, searching, and driving all over the state of Arizona looking for those last eight birds. Jean and Gary Siesener in Tucson, Az. Deborah Kaechele in Tucson, Az. We have arrived at the end of our little adventure, which has come to be known as “The Little Big Year”.

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South East Arizona’s Madera Canyon

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Now that Jeanne and I have finally settled on Tucson, Arizona at least for a while, I will pick up where I left off at the end of 2018. Located approximately 40 miles south of Tucson, Arizona, you travel on Highway 19 to Green Valley, and exit at Continental Road. A note of thanks to Corey and Mike, for their patience, while I took a break after a very busy 2018!!

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Birding Arizona–style

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For birding Arizona-style, memorize these three overlapping locations southeast of Tucson: Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest. Coronado National Forest. Santa Rita Mountains. Madera Canyon. Pre-Internet, I got all my birding info from print magazines; and WildBird was my go-to back in the day. One particular issue had a feature on the birds of Madera Canyon, Arizona.

Little Big Year – Week 36: Southern New Mexico hotspots.

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We are now headed to Tucson, Arizona, where we will park the 5th wheel for an extended amount of time, possibly as long as March 1st. There are a few places left to check out locally before we leave, once we are settled in Tucson. Rarely am I caught too off guard, when it comes to visiting a National Refuge. Most of the time, I know enough about an area, or have done some research into what is found there, that I am pleasantly surprised at best.

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Twenty Years Ago

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Tucson, like other communities in the southwest, has satanistic, witch, and other occult groups. 12-8-87. There was a senseless killing last night. Someone entered the premises of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum , cut the lock on the bighorn sheep exhibit, and shot the male bighorn to death. Then—and here's the grisly part—the assailant cut the sheep's head off. It has not been found. Police officers speculate that the killing was cult related.

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The Littel Big Year – Week 45: Wrapping up the Bahamas

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We have escaped the clutches of the Bahamas, and are finally back “home” in Tucson, Texas. The return home included a total of 5 ½ hours of flight delays, one missed flight, and we subsequently missed the entire town of Charlotte, North Carolina. We did however gain an extra night, at our expense in Miami, Florida, all of which was in the dark, so I could not even run out and put a couple of birds on a Florida State List.

Ten Ways To Be A Better (Online) Birder

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For example, and I expect a few of you know what I am referring to… if you photograph a “goshawk” in the middle of Tucson, and the area’s leading birders and everyone else tells you it’s a Cooper’s Hawk …you should listen to them. Report the rare birds you see, including known “continuing” rarities. This is a no-brainer. Sometimes, report the rare birds you DON’T see. This could be very helpful to those debating a chase trip.

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Jean Kazez

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Jean and I overlapped by one year: August 1987 (when she arrived in Tucson) to August 1988 (when I departed for College Station, Texas). Here is a blog by one of my fellow graduate students at the University of Arizona. (I I will add it to the blogroll.) Jean teaches philosophy just down the road from me at Southern Methodist University. Want to hear something weird? I mentioned Jean in my journal 20 years and four days ago (on 24 August 1987).

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Little Big Year – Week 34: We visit Colorado and Texas

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We have been feeling a push to get the 5th wheel down to Tucson, Arizona, which will be our home for the winter, and get prepped for another trip out of the US before the end of the year. With Wyoming and South Dakota in our rear view mirror, we look toward Colorado, and a hot spot I have been anxious to visit. Trinidad Colorado is located just a few miles north of the Colorado – New Mexico border, and home to the Trinidad Reservoir.

Thrashing XXX

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A widely published writer, popular speaker, and enthusiastic tour leader in North American and Europe, Rick lives in Tucson and in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife, Alison, and their chocolate Lab, Gellert. I saw it while visiting a small botanic garden somewhere in Tucson.

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Collaborative list – August 2019

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12796 Tucson Avenue, Mount Lemmon, Arizona, US (32.442, -110.758) Private residence. 12796 Tucson Avenue, Mount Lemmon, Arizona, US (32.442, -110.758) Private residence. 12796 Tucson Avenue, Mount Lemmon, Arizona, US (32.442, -110.758) Private residence. 12796 Tucson Avenue, Mount Lemmon, Arizona, US (32.442, -110.758) Private residence. 12796 Tucson Avenue, Mount Lemmon, Arizona, US (32.442, -110.758) Private residence.

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Arizona in Summer: It Ain’t All Hummers

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I met the group in Tucson and we spend the next week birding the hell out of the Sky Islands. It’s a well-known fact that southeast Arizona in summer is awesome. At least for birders. My first birding trip ever was to Arizona.

Cow Birds

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A widely published writer, popular speaker, and enthusiastic tour leader in North American and Europe, Rick lives in Tucson and in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife, Alison, and their chocolate Lab, Gellert.

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Collaborative list – May 2019

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6900 South Jamie Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, US (32.19, -111.112). 8272 San Joaquin rd, Tucson, Arizona, US (32.175, -111.142). So that was May. Despite looking way older than his years, we cannot attribute Regannet’s haggard appearance to hard birding, scoring only 19 during eBird’s Big Day was not the greatest effort expended on May 4th. In fairness, he had to celebrate Star Wars Day with his teenage son as this is their only means of effective conversation.

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Collaborative list – April 2019

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It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung. The meteorological date is from March 1st, the Vernal Equinox was passed on March 20th which accounts for the astronomical marker when the sun crosses the equator on its northwards ramble. April is now behind us and Old Tom’s arthritis is clearing up nicely, thank you very much for asking. The migrants are coming (Hurray!). Some are already here, or passing through.

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Collaborative List – March 2019

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Are we all getting excited yet? March is done. The equinox has passed. There can be no denying that spring is coming and with it, the summer visitors and passage migrants. Oh, joy! 9 countries were visited during March by your tireless beats ( 11 of them); India, UK, USA, Serbia, Costa Rica, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. With so much thrashing around in SE Asia, it is interesting to compare east and west hemispheres.

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