On October 11th I took a trip with fellow birders Mr. Tommy Debardeleben, Mr. Laurence Butler, and Mr. Gordon Karre. Our target bird was the Bell's Sparrow, Mr. Tommy took a trip out to Robbin's Butte to scout the area and found around twelve and only one or two Sagebrush!!! Just incase some of you don't know the Sage Sparrow has been split in two species, the Bell's and the Sagebrush Sparrows. The Sagebrush is much more common than the Bell's. There are only a couple spots in Maricopa County where you can find both in a day, and one of those spots is the Thrasher Spot located in west Buckeye. When we parked the car and walked a little ways we could hear a couple Sage Sparrows calling but we could not tell what species they were without seeing them. We noticed a strange behavior that the sparrows stay low early in the morning but around 8:00AM the sparrows started coming higher in the bushes and scattered trees, this same behavior happened when Mr. Tommy was here a couple days before. Out of the six Bell's Sparrows I was able to shoot one quick photo of one of the birds, it might not be the best but you can see a bit of the birds plain back and the dark maler.
While we were on our way to Arlington Mr. Tommy saw a flock of birds, and he quickly called them Rock Pigeons!!! When he called them out everyone reached back for their binocs and cameras (and yes there were a few fists and elbows thrown around) and we photographed Arizona's first ever Rock Pigeons!!!
Unfortunatly, I don't know if you noticed but that wasn't the true story, It was more like this.
Mr. Tommy yelled Rock Pigeons and everyone laghed at them. Good story huh?!
You pick what story you like better, anyways back to the trip! When we arrived at the road that leads to the Arlington Wetlands we saw it had been flooded out by the recent storms, so we took our own detour which ended up with some nice birds. Before we reached the wetlands we saw a Lewis's Woodpecker take flight in the opposite direction from us, of course! Once we reached the wetlands we were greeted by quite a few Cassin's Kingbirds.
From left to right: Mr. Laurence, Mr. Tommy, and Mr. GordonWe then had to start heading back, I then noticed a high flying Common Black Hawk!
The CBHA was a pretty late migrant and it was strange to see in this habitat, but it was most likely just migrating through like most of the birds we saw. Thanks for the awesome morning af birding Mr. Tommy, Mr. Gordon , and Mr. Laurence I had a blast!!! Here are a few photos to close out this post.