So we decided to go check out Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, AZ and we saw a nice variety of birds there. I was a little excited after viewing the bird list there.I was hoping to see a few that were on the list that would be lifers and we got lucky and saw two birds that stuck out on the list to me, Harris's Hawk and Solitary Sandpiper. We only had an hour and a half to spare so we planned to do "speed birding" as Simon called it. The first bird we saw was a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Very nice looking bird!
After moving on from there we heard something running around on the ground and came to find out it was a Thrasher. I never knew they ran around on the ground like that, but it was interesting trying to get a good picture so we could ID the guy! I'm thinking he's a curved-billed Thrasher not 100% sure yet.
|Some kind of Turtle if you know|
what kind please let me know!
Once we got enough pictures of that we caught sight of some House Finches, Verdins, Gambel's Quail, Laddered-back Woodpecker and Brewer's Sparrow. We spent a good amount of time down in some shrubs to get some good pictures. Then we got to another pond full of Northern Shovelers and American Coots again, we were getting a little discouraged about the ducks when we spotted some American Wigeons and Green-winged Teals.
|Female American Wigeon|
We headed for the other side of the pond which had the sun
behind us so the birds weren't dark. Getting better pictures makes for a more enjoyable birding day! That was when we finally got a different sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow. We have been stuck in this sparrow rut only seeing Song, Sage, House, and Black-crowned Sparrows. Those are some beautiful sparrows but I want to see all the sparrows, there's like 35 sparrows and that's a lot of sparrows!!
|Northern Shovelers and|
|Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teals|
Edit: The thrasher has been identified as a Curve-billed Thrasher.