Friday, April 23, 2010

Birding From Dawn ‘till Dusk: Day 4 Rio Rico


Gus and Kathryn stand on the brow of Hawk’s Hill on the side of the San Cayentano Mountains 4-10-10


We start the day Saturday in Rio Rico eating lunch at Nonna Vivi Pizza. The pizza is made fresh with organic ingredients. We just discovered this place two weeks ago, though it has been open for a year already.  Yum!  I highly recommend it! Click on the link for address and menu.

After lunch we take Kathryn up to Hawk’s Hill on the slopes of the San Cayentano Mountains. Looking west over the Santa Cruz Valley I watch birds while we all enjoy the view and the wildflowers.

Birds Seen at Hawk’s Hill:

Location: Hawk’s Hill
Observation date: 4/10/10
Notes: w/Gus and Kathryn
Number of species: 5
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
Verdin 1
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 1
Black-throated Sparrow 3
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A brief stop at the Rio Rico pond yields a short but important list of birds, including Black-bellied whistling ducks, a life bird for Kathryn.

 DSC_0014This smudge on the wires is a Gray Hawk seen best through Kathryn’s scope. We did not do a lot of birding this day but the day was full and fun. We know tomorrow will be another big day of Birding from Dawn ‘till Dusk!

Birds Seen at the Rio Rico Pond:

Location: Rio Rico Pond
Observation date: 4/10/10
Notes: w/ Kathryn.
Number of species: 7
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 9
Mallard 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Gray Hawk 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 4
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Anonymous said...

Birds are scarce up here in Ohio. It was not this way last year as I had more migrants stopping for refreshments. I really like the wide open spaces where you are looking. Nice pictures.

DeniseinVA said...

I am looking forward to seeing what you see through your lens next time Kathie. I do love that scenery.

Birding is Fun! said...

I try not to think about all the amazing birds in AZ that I am missing, but you have to rub it in! You sound like a great birding pal to have!

Gaelyn said...

Always nice to introduce someone to a lifer.

Kathie Brown said...

Abe, I'm sorry to hear that! I hope a few birds stop by and say "HI" to you soon!

Denise, thank you so much. Our next day of birding was the best!

Idaho Birder, well, I hope you get to come back here for a visit one day. Perhaps then we could bird together. It's actually been a bit quiet around my yard lately.

Gaelyn, isn't it exciting though!