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Our sixth day of our big year was a exciting day in Flagstaff, Arizona with Common Grackles, Western Bluebirds, Dark-eyed Juncos (both pink-sided group and slate-sided group), Great Blue Heron, Mallards, Mountain Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-billed Teal, and a female House Finch. We took a two hour walk into a wooded area behind a truck stop. We found a pond with all the ducks and got 3 lifers! That was quiet a hike but totally worth it!
On our next day we were driving through New Mexico and stopped at Santa Rosa. Their we got 7 birds and three more down the road in Oklahoma. In Santa Rosa we saw a pond with a lot of American Coots, some Ring-necked Duck and Lesser Scaup. We were walking along near the end of the pond and saw a bunch of White-crowned Sparrows and a beautiful American Robin.
January 8th we stopped off at a rest area before we headed to find the Eurasian Tree Sparrow in the St. Louis area, and at first only saw three Blue Jays. We were about to leave when a Hairy Woodpecker caught my eye so we stopped, got out and saw five birds Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker, and another lifer Carolina Chickadee. Along with those countable birds we saw a domestic Mallard.