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Notes from the Field
Sierra Vista, AZ, Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26, 2014. Approximately 30 birders converged on Sierra Vista for a three-day weekend of nonstop birding. The trip has been dubbed the "baby bird trip" because of the large number of fledglings and young we saw. Despite the large group, everything went very smoothly. We were aided by Eddie Chew and Fay Millett, who were both very helpful. We arrived Friday mid-day and went straight to Miller Canyon, where we saw the Spotted Owl and one young. We saw the male nearby. At the hummingbird feeders we were lucky enough to have good looks at the White-eared Hummingbird, plus other species. That evening, we split into two groups - one going to Mary Jo Ballator's B&B, where we had a Hooded Oriole and many others, and Batistte's B&B, where we had the Elf Owl, the Acorn Woodpecker and an Anna's Hummingbird. Saturday morning we went to Ramsey Canyon, where we had Wild Turkeys, Painted Redstarts, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher and Hepatic Tanager. We broke for lunch and then went to San Pedro House, where we saw nesting Curve-billed Thrasher, young Vermilion Flycatchers being fed by their parents, Yellow-breasted Chat, Bronzed Cowbird and Blue Grosbeaks, among others. Saturday night we had our group dinner at the Country House Family Restaurant and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We had an early start Sunday and drove to Patagonia to Paton's House, which is now a protected birding area thanks to everyone who donated money (including El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society) in order to preserve it for future generations. There we had White-breasted Nuthatches feeding their young on tree trunks, great looks at Summer Tanagers, Abert's Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grossbeak, among others. We had lunch on the Sonoita Preserve where we hiked and saw a Gray Hawk with an immature and several Flycatchers. On our drive to the famous reststop, we saw a baby Zone-tailed Hawk on the nest. At the reststop we saw the Thick-billed Kingbird and a Zone-tailed Hawk. Our caravan of cars had an additional treat of forging a creek.