Along well-traveled paths

Posted June 12th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

Birders looking to rack up species found only in Arizona look to a few sources–the Internet, local experts, or a handful of books. Common to all these references are the locations.

If you want to see hummingbirds, you go to Patton’s or Beatty’s. If you need the five-striped sparrow, you go to California Gulch. If you want Mexican chickadees, you go to the Chiricahua Mountains.

In other words, virtually everyone goes to the same places. These routes and these spots are well-traveled and well-known. As a result, it’s quite common to run into folks from elsewhere looking for the exact same birds.

Patagonia is one such town with a rich history of great birds. Patton’s hummingbird feeders, Sonoita Creek, and Patagonia State Park have all served as must-visit destinations for years. There’s even one tiny pull-out along the highway known to host a pair rose-throated becards (a small Mexican flycatcher), a bird seen in extremely small numbers in the US.

The becards are not there this year. But thick-billed kingbirds are (tip of the hat to the Internet here). And we got one. Another “lifer.”

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