Friday, October 29, 2010

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

Tucson Audubon Field Trip Report
By Michael Bissontz (

Today (10-23-10) 7 Tucson Audubon members got their feet wet in the ever lovely Sonoita Creek in Sonoita Creek State Natural Area (permit required). We went in from the Rio Rico entrance and hiked 6 miles round trip.

38 species were observed and heard. Highlights included Belted Kingfisher, Anna's Hummingbird, Great Horned Owl, Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Plumbeous Vireo, Rufous-winged and Black-throated Sparrows. We were surprised to find that one of the Cassin's Kingbirds turned out to be a Tropical Kingbird!

Great Horned Owl by Mark Sharon

Rufous-winged Sparrow by Mark Sharon

Northern Beardless Tyrannulet by Mark Sharon

Tropical Kingbird by Mark Sharon

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