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Checklist S18336251

 
Location
Boyce Thompson Arboretum SP, Pinal County, Arizona, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat May 10, 2014 5:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
5
Duration:
10 hour(s)
Distance:
5.7 mile(s)
Observers:
James Walker
Comments:
Birding the Boyce Thompson Arboretum for the NAMBC 2014. There were five in our group: Jim and Betsy Walker, Dominic D'Agosto, Joanne Barr, Judy Sink.

A nice spot in the Demonstration Garden:

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A lizard doing "push-ups":

Desert Lizard

Interesting skin pattern:

Desert Lizard
Species
78 species (+2 other taxa) total
13
4
8
1

We didn't see or even hear it early in the day. It only started calling shortly before we left at 3:00 pm.

It perched well up in a tree at the edge of the picnic-area parking lot:

Common Ground-Dove

Common Ground-Dove

10
14
7

We saw one, and then later a flock of 6. In this flock, we saw the swifts mating in mid-flight and falling, and tumbling in the process. Quite a sight to see. It was the first time any of us had witnessed this behavior.

15
4
1

One was heard by the Olive Garden.

6
11
hummingbird sp.

Most were likely Anna's Hummingbirds, but couldn't be examined closely enough to tell for sure.

1
1
28
1
1

We had a nice view as he flew low over the Demonstration Garden.

1
1

Heard before dawn.

8
5

A pair was flying along Queen Creek together at dawn. Others were heard around the arboretum during the day.

1

Seen flying over the arboretum just at dawn.

1

One heard dong his "quick three beers" near the aboriginal seep.

2

Seen at the start of the high desert trail on the picnic area side.

2
Empidonax sp.
3

They were catching minnows and feeding them to their young in a nest under the observation deck:

Black Phoebe

2
3
2
4
16
1

In the staff parking area near the Smith Building.

2
3
2
2
3

We saw one over Queen Creek, then later a couple more close to Ayer Lake.

15
5
2

Heard calling back and forth in the cattails on the shore of Ayer Lake. Distinctive call.

4
8
4

One was seen going into a nest between the Herb Garden and the suspension bridge.

1
4

Several were visiting flowers of the Saguaro cactus:

Curve-billed Thrasher

3
6

A flock of 6 came into the Demonstration Garden and perched there for a couple minutes.

21
29
28
1
4
4
12
5
14
3

Seen just at dawn along Queen Creek by the equipment buildings.

2
6

Always vocalizing:

Yellow-breasted Chat

6
2
1
3
12
2
2

Two separate individuals were seen clearly in different parts of the park.

10
1
1
8
33

This species was common all over the park. There could easily have been more than this number. We were careful not to count ones we might have seen earlier, so this is a conservative estimate.

Two of these were Myrtle's race.

2
1
4
5

This male seemed to be working on a nest with a female near the Herb Garden.

Summer Tanager

11
15
32

The grosbeaks were extremely common all over the park. We were careful not to count ones we might have seen earlier, so this is a conservative estimate.

1

A female was seen just before closing time at the Demonstration Garden seep.

8
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes