Gila Valley, Territorial Prison
Nov
26, 2000
1000-1530, Sunny, 65-75 

Checked a number of areas today: Quigley Pond, Butterfield Park in Welton, surrounding agricultural areas, Baker Tanks, and the Territorial Prison Park 
64 species total

My first stop was Butterfield Park in Welton, which adjoins the Golf Course, and has a small lake that sometimes attracts ducks.  Today only a few Coots and a Canada Goose found it appealing.

Just east of Welton is the McElhaney Cattle Company, with extensive feedlots, fields, and open spaces.  Flocks of Mountain Bluebirds, several Western Bluebirds at a small ranch, sparrows, a Prairie Falcon, and an adult male Vermillion Flycatcher were good finds there.  The Gila River flows close-by, but didn't produce anything exciting.


Gila River & Antelope Hill

    
The Quigley Pond Game Management Area was my next target.  Unfortunately there were a couple of hunters on Quigley Pond itself (an oxbow of the Gila River), and the only ducks I could identify were circling the area far away from the pond.  However, another Prairie Falcon, White-throated Swifts, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk were nice additions to the day's list.
     


Baker Tanks 

Not too far away I added several Sage Sparrows and both gnatcatchers.  South of Antelope,  Baker Tanks was a delightful scenic detour, with standing water in the natural riverbed "tanks."  But there weren't too many desert birds out and about at 3:00PM, though.

The final stop of the day was the marsh and park at the Yuma Territorial Prison.  The ponds held several more duck species and a Merlin.  In the park were also eight more Western Bluebirds and a pair of Sharpys; one of them  provided me with a fine photo opportunity as it perched on a utility light.
  


Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yuma


Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yuma

 
# Species Name
1 Pied-Billed Grebe
2 Double-Crested Cormorant
3 Great Blue Heron
4 Great Egret
5 Snowy Egret
6 Canada Goose
7 Green-Winged Teal
8 Mallard
9 Northern Pintail
10 Northern Shoveler
11 Ruddy Duck
12 American Coot
13 Common Gallinule
14 Black-Necked Stilt
15 Killdeer
16 Long-Billed Dowitcher
17 Spotted Sandpiper
18 Least Sandpiper
19 Ring-Billed Gull
20 Turkey Vulture
21 Northern Harrier
22 Red-Tailed Hawk
23 Sharp-Shinned Hawk
24 American Kestrel
25 Merlin
26 Praire Falcon
27 Common Ground Dove
28 Mourning Dove
29 Rock Dove
30 Greater Roadrunner
31 White-Throated Swift
32 Costa's Hummingbird
33 Anna's Hummingbird
34 Belted Kingfisher
35 Gila Woodpecker
36 Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
37 Northern Flicker
38 Black Phoebe
39 Vermillion Flycatcher
40 Horned Lark
41 Common Raven
42 Verdin
43 Marsh Wren
44 Mountain Bluebird
45 Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher
46 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
47 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
48 Western Bluebird
49 Loggerhead Shrike
50 Northern Mockingbird
51 Phainopepla
52 European Starling
53 Yellow-Rumped Warbler
54 Great-Tailed Grackle
55 Red-Winged Blackbird
56 Western Meadowlark
57 House Sparrow
58 House Finch
59 Abert's Towhee
60 Dark-Eyed Junco
61 Sage Sparrow
62 Savannah Sparrow
63 Song Sparrow
64 White-Crowned Sparrow


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