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Cooper's Hawk preying on Pigeon
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Backyard Bird monthly ritual
Summer Tanager in Sunflower
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05/2016
Black Chinned Hummingbird
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I see this bird in the winter and spring here 04/2016
Lark Buntings at Santa Cruz Flats 03/16
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Often seen in Agricultural areas
Cliff Swallows March 2016
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Tempe Town Lake
Cliff Swallows March 2016
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Tempe Town Lake
White faced Ibis
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Glendale Farmland.
White faced Ibis 01/2016
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Farmlands throughout valley.

Sandhill Cranes(12/17/2014)
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seen on sossaman and Ocotillo, farmland.

Long eared Owl (Asio otus) seen 2/20/11
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photo by Frank Vonkleman.
Long eared Owl (Asio otus)
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My only photo through the trees!!

date seen 01/02/2011

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
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Rare bird in arizona(2009 gilbert water ranch)
White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorynchos)
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Granite reef dam in Mesa, Arizona Sept 2010
Brown Pelican ( Pelecanus occidentalis)
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These pelicans were hanging out at Tempe Town Lake from October 2010-recently.
Virginia Rail (Railus limicola)
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New bird for me(3/20/2010)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
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Seen at Tempe Town Lake 2009
Reddish Egret ( Egretta rufescens)
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Seen at South Chandler Pond 2009
Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa)
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life bird for me. Not often seen in Arizona( Casa Grande Nov 2007)
Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus)
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Granite reef recreational park (Oct 2007)
Saw Whet(Tempe , near ASU years ago.
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Red breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
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Nice bird for Granite reef (Jan2008)
Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaja ajaja)
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rare wading bird seen at Gilbert water ranch 2007
Tundra Swan ( Cygnus columbianus)
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photo by watson, 1st time bird for me.
Common Loon, 2010 Granite Reef
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Not often seen.

Hello, my name is Marcus and I birdwatch whenever I get the chance to do it. Birdwatching gives me the opportunity to hike, observe nature and get away from everyday routine. Although I am a new birder, the birds I see are very exciting for me. The quest on each outing is to identify some of my favorite species and hopefully get a look at a new one. In order to see different types of birds you may have to go to certain areas, or look for species at different times of year. Often while birdwatching I see other forms of wildlife, insects, reptiles, mammals and all the plants I can't identify. Enjoy with me my adventures in Arizona Birdwatching!

Please send Comments and Corrections:

marcus@urbanbirder.com

Streaked Back Oriole
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Rare bird seen at Gilbert Water Ranch (2007)
Ross's Goose(Chen rossii)
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Small white goose similar to snow goose. 2/2007
Ring billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
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Most common gull flying on inland lakes, 2/2007 Saquaro lake.
American Redstart (flaring tail)
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This was a first time bird at this park for me(5/2009)
White Faced Ibis
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seen near irrigated fields, farmland, edge of towns.
 

Avocet at Gilbert Water Ranch 10/2017
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Winter plummage

seen at Gilbert Water Ranch 10/2017 Least Bittern
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My first time seeing this bird.

Tri-colored Heron Gilbert Water Ranch
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September 2016
Wood duck Indian Steel Park Phoenix (06/2016)
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Forster's Tern Tempe Town Lake (05/2016)
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Common Blackhawk in SunFlower
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They nest here each /pho Carl SP. 05/2016
Hooded Oriole in Sunflower (05/2016}
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Common site to see Hooded Orioles
Crested Cara Cara (Santa Cruz Flats 03/16
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Seen yearly in this Area.
Ruddy Ground Dove(Santa Cruz Flats 03/16
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Lifer
Mandarin Duck March 2016
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Tempe Town Lake
Ruddy Duck (June Saguaro Lake)
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Beautiful Breeding colors.
Williamson's Sapsucker 01/2016
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This bird was seen at the Kiwanis Park , Tempe Arizona
Wood duck at Steele Indian Park(01/2016)
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I'm starting to get rare birds here.
Rusty Blackbird(01/16/2016)
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This bird seen at Coon Bluff, Lower Salt River.
Red Breasted Sapsucker(Scottsdale Park Feb 2016)
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Starting to see more of this species in Arizona.
Snow Geese on Salt river Reservation Feb 2016
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I see Snow Geese here yearly
Mandarin Duck Tempe Town Lake(Feb, 2016- current)
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Unsure if duck is wild or tame?
Muscovy Duck( Tempe Town Lake Feb 2016)
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I don't know if it was a pet or wild?

Northern Pygmy Owl(seen at Mt. Ord)03/2015
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My first time seeing this bird.

Cassin's Finch (Male) Mt. Ord 03/2015
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My first time seeing this bird.

Evening Grosbeak(Sunflower)03/2015
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My first time seeing this bird.
Chestnut sided Warbler(Asu campus)03/2015
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My first time seeing this bird.

this hummingbird is rare in this area( 03/2015)
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This bird seen by Charla Garcia(Queen Creek).

American Bittern(Rio Salado)02/2015
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This bird was very hard to see.
Golden Crowned Kinglet(Granite Reef)01/07/2015
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My 2nd time getting this bird in this location.
Brown pelican Tempe Town Lake
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They are becoming frequent guess, I only see 2 now?
Horned Grebe(Lake Pleasant)
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Good bird to see(01/07/2015)
Common Loons (Lake Pleasant)
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I sometimes see this bird yearly.(01/07/2015).
Red Breasted Merganser( Lake Pleasant)
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My first sighting of this bird(01/2015)

Snow Geese(12/17/14)
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Rare winter visitor, seen at Salt River Reservation.

Ferruginous Hawk,(12/17/2014)
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This bird seen on Salt River Reservation.

Lark Bunting(12/16/14)
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This sparrow has winter plumage, usually flocks, seen south of Veterans oasis park.

Surf Scoter(rare bird)
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This bird seen at Butcher Jones Peregrine point 12/10/2014

Hooded Merganser, alway nice to see.01/09/2014
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Beautiful diving duck.
Pyrrhuloxia, I've never had this bird in this area
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Power and Guadalupe 01/09/14
Crested Caracara my first time bird in Arizona/
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I usually see this bird in southern Tx, 12/05/13/santa cruz flats
Mountain Chickadee, normally seen higher elevation
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My first sighting at Granite Reef(11/2013)
Wilson's Snipe
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Common bird in the Lower Salt River near the Marshes.
Lazuli Bunting(summer bird) Butcher Jones
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Very secretive bunting, 8/2013
Black Vultures, sitting near Salt Riv(summer 2013)
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Usually flies more hawk than vulture.
Black and White Warbler, creeping up a tree.
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This was my first time seeing this warbler.
Lesser Canada Goose or Cackling Goose?
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Feeding in Cotton Fields Salt River Reservation.01/2013
Sandhill Cranes very first time seen in the valley
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Beautiful birds, feeding in fields , Indian Res,1/2013
Bendire Thrasher(Salt River Reservation)01/22/2013
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Bendire's Thrasher, loves open desert.
Dark Phased Redtail or Harlan's
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Salt River Reservation 01/22/2013
Northern Parula very nice warbler, seen at GBR.
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Very nice warbler to find 01/08/2013
Red Breasted Sapsucker, my first in the area 01/13
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Very secretive, hard to get photo, takes Jim Ripley, alerting me!
Crissal Thrasher( very secretive Thrasher)12/2012
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Jim Ripley spotted this bird this month(I've looked for years in this area)
White Pelicans at Gilbert Water Ranch 12/12
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Starting to see White Pelicans in Arizona yearly
White Pelicans( waters just below Tempe Town lake
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This Pelicans herds fish(hunting technique)10/2012
Brown Pelicans at Tempe Town lake(10/2012)
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This Pelican uses diving technique for fishing.
Reddish Egret(This bird reported by Lindsey Storey
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We rarely get the Reddish Egret in Arizona! Sept 2012
Reddish Egret(pond at guadalupe/power Rd)
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Flaps wings , scare fish into frenzy,good hunting style.
Green Winged Teal
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Beautiful duck.
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
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2nd time seeing bird at this park( thanks to Lindsay Story.
Olive sided Flycatcher.
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This flycatcher was seen at Coon Bluff 5/01/2012
Franklin's Gull
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Granite Reef dam(April 2012) seen by James K.(birder)
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)
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Graceful small gull (seen at Gilbert Water Ranch)
Red-Necked Grebe( Podiceps grisegena)
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Large Grebe seen at Tempe Town lake March 2012
Possible Harlan's Hawk(Buteo jamaicensis)
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Very dark red tailed hawk.
Red Tailed Hawk
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This bird seen throughout Arizona
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope)
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First time seeing this bird.1/12/2012
Black Throated Sparrow(year round)
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Normally I see this sparrow in the foothills.
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
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Seen with Ross's Geese 12/22/2011
Ross's Goose and Snow Goose
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These birds were hanging around Canada geese 12/22/11
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)
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spectacular flyers and fast (12/10/2011)
Often seen flying over water.
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Try getting a photo!
Lark Bunting (Calamospiza Melanocorys)
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First time seeing this bird.(12/10/2011)
Black legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
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My first time seeing this bird Nov2011
Lawrence's Goldfinch(Carduelis lawrencei)
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Beautiful Finch Oct2011)
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
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Striking black and white borders.(nov2011)
Green Tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus)
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Very secretive Towhee Nov2011
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
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Looks like Greater Yellowlegs but smaller.(oct2011)
Acorn Woodpecker(Melanerpes formicivorus)
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Usually seen at much higher elevation, seen 9/28/11

Tropical Kingbirds(Granite Reef) September 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Red Shafted Northern Flicker at Granite Reef recreational Site. Lots of new migratory birds including Spotted Towhee, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Rednaped Sapsucker, Green Tailed Towhee. You can't forget the ducks, I love migratory ducks coming to the area, can't wait to see a different species than the year before.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Acorn Woodpecker on Asu Campus, I always thought of this bird at higher elevations?a

1:20 pm edt 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tropical kingbirds

A family of Tropical kingbirds were hanging out at Granite reef recreation area. This was a new bird for me. I still have trouble identifying Tropical, Cassin's, from Western kingbird. Warblers are in the park, Wilson's, Yellow, Tennessee, Nashville, Townsend's.

12:25 pm edt 

Monday, August 29, 2011

The days have been extremely hot this summer, most of the birding occurs in the early hours. The Ash Throated Flycather, Brown Crested flycatcher are still seen. I'm starting to see a few warblers also, the Wilson warbler, Yellow warbler seen today.
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

A few of the Eastern Warblers are still hanging around,like Wilson's and Yellow. Interesting looking Gull like bird( I think could be Caspian Tern?

1:04 am edt 

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Ferruginous Hawk
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Often seen on telephone poles or on the ground in agricultural areas
Leucistic Say's Phoebe
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GWR Feb2012
Leucistic Sparrow or Finch ?
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My backyard 2008
Yellow Rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
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leucistic, not much pigment

 

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Marcus Watson

cell# 602-478-4961

email: marcus@urbanbirder.com

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