After birding the Tonto Creek Hatchery (see previous post below), I went down to the two pullouts with a sign saying “no camping within 400 yards of creek” (sign visible when going up to hatchery; this is on the right side after the curvy stretch past the cabins). From the second pullout I hiked the trail down to the creek and immediately saw one AMERICAN DIPPER. Hiking downstream along the trail to the large falls, I continued downstream from the falls and found one calling PACIFIC WREN and several GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Later on at another pullout just downstream from the powerline clearing I saw a BAND-TAILED PIGEON fly over.
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> On Nov 8, 2017, at 1:57 PM, Eric Hough <thebirdwhisperer22...> wrote:
> Nov. 8, 2017
> A little while ago I found an apparent ‘southern’ (daggetti) type RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER at Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery near Kohl’s Ranch (Gila Co.), first at the parking lot and later flying up along the trees bordering the hatchery runs and residences. I was able to get some photos and it seemed to be pure or mostly pure (minimal Red-naped genes if any). Also present is a PACIFIC WREN, several RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and a ‘SLATE-COLORED’ FOX SPARROW.
> Good birding,
> Eric Hough
> Wickenburg, AZ
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