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29 December 2007

Gilbert Again

I went back to Gilbert (and the Rio Salado project in Phoenix) today in search of recently reported Northern Parula, Painted Bunting, and Varied Thrush. I didn't find any of them, but was surprised to find about 30 Black-Crowned Night Herons in Gilbert (there are usually 5-7 roosting...30 is really unusual).

The Pyrrhuloxia is a relative of the Northern Cardinal, and Phoenix is about the northern extent of it's range. This was only the third or so time I've seen one.

Pyrrhuloxia



Yellow Warbler



Black Crowned Night-Herons



Black Crowned Night-Heron in Flight


Northern Pintail


Cooper's Hawk

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