Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tohono Chul Park Year-end Birds 2011

Harris Hawk  12-26-2011 9-03-38 AM 1207x765Though fall migration is over and spring migration is several weeks away, we’ve had some terrific birding at the Park during the last two weeks. This beautiful Harris hawk, hanging out in the big eucalyptus at the north end of the Park was a nice surprise. In addition to the Harris hawk, we’ve seen the following “regulars” and winter visitors:

Abert’s towhee, green-tailed towhee, black-tailed gnat-catcher, cactus wren, cardinal, Cooper’s hawk, Costa’s hummingbird, curve-billed thrasher, Gambel’s quail, Gila woodpecker, lesser goldfinch, house finch, house sparrow, kestrel, mockingbird, mourning dove, orange-crowned warbler, phainopepla, verdin, western bluebird, white-crowned sparrow. A special treat, at the west end of the Saguaro Discovery Trail, is an Anna’s x Costa’s hummingbird hybrid.

As for critters, we’ve seen several coyotes, along with lots of javelina tracks and bobcat scat. Happy holidays to everyone!


  1. Awesome shot of the Harris. I hope to get out there again one of these days.

  2. It is a great photo of the hawk. How do you get such great pictures of birds? Telephoto lens?

  3. Except for the cardinal, mockingbird, a couple finches and sparrows, these are all exotic to me. Lucky you!