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09/09/12
Cibola Valley & Cibola NWR
Filed under: Arizona
Posted by: Henry @ 5:14 pm

Greetings Birders!

This morning (9 Sep 2012) Mickey and I spent six hours at Cibola NWR and the Cibola Valley Conservation Area.  A beautiful sunrise awaited us.


Colorado River, La Paz County

We found 81 species, including several that were firsts for the season: NORTHERN HARRIER, SORA, TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, BREWER’S SPARROW, and SAGE SPARROW.  As the sun was rising several flocks of 100’s of WHITE-FACED IBIS flew south along the Colorado. There were herds of BLUE GROSBEAKS in the bird-filled Cibola Valley, and some of the fields were loaded with newly-arrived sparrows. Mosquitoes were thick in a couple of spots, but didn’t drink more than a couple of quarts of blood.

 
Burrowing Owl, Great Egret, Cibola NWR

Hart Mine Marsh at Cibola NWR was as beautiful as ever, with a great variety of waders.  Shorebirds and waterfowl were in short supply, and we found only one tern all day.  Raptors are slowly returning, and the Peregrine along the Cibola NWR Goose Loop gave us opportunities for some great photos.  It was a excellent morning of birding!  And we also got some good beasts:  gray fox, bobcat, racoon, and a coachwhip.


Peregrine Falcon, Cibola NWR


Peregrine Falcon, Cibola NWR

Good birding!
Henry Detwiler
Yuma, AZ

Cibola valley & Cibola NWR - 9 Sep 2012
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1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Western Grebe
3 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Least Bittern
5 Great Blue Heron
6 Great Egret
7 Snowy Egret
8 Cattle Egret
9 Green Heron
10 Black-crowned Night Heron
11 White-faced Ibis
12 Canada Goose
13 Mallard
14 Cinnamon Teal
15 Northern Shoveler
16 Northern Pintail
17 Ruddy Duck
18 Osprey
19 Northern Harrier
20 Cooper’s Hawk
21 Red-tailed Hawk
22 American Kestrel
23 Peregrine Falcon
24 Gambel’s Quail
25 Clapper Rail
26 Sora
27 Common Moorhen
28 American Coot
29 Killdeer
30 Black-necked Stilt
31 Solitary Sandpiper
32 Least Sandpiper
33 Long-billed Dowitcher
34 Turkey Vulture
35 Forster’s Tern
36 White-winged Dove
37 Mourning Dove
38 Inca Dove
39 Common Ground-Dove
40 Eurasian Collared Dove
41 Greater Roadrunner
42 Burrowing Owl
43 Anna’s Hummingbird
44 Rufous Hummingbird
45 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
46 Western Wood Pewee
47 Willow Flycatcher
48 Black Phoebe
49 Say’s Phoebe
50 Western Kingbird
51 Loggerhead Shrike
52 Common Raven
53 Tree Swallow
54 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
55 Barn Swallow
56 Verdin
57 House Wren
58 Marsh Wren
59 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
60 Crissal Thrasher
61 European Starling
62 Townsend’s Warbler
63 Wilson’s Warbler
64 Orange-crowned Warbler
65 Yellow Warbler
66 Yellow-breasted Chat
67 Common Yellowthroat
68 Macgillivray’s Warbler
69 Western Tanager
70 Abert’s Towhee
71 Chipping Sparrow
72 Brewer’s Sparrow
73 Sage Sparrow
74 Song Sparrow
75 Blue Grosbeak
76 Lazuli Bunting
77 Red-winged Blackbird
78 Yellow-headed Blackbird
79 Great-tailed Grackle
80 House Finch
81 House Sparrow

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