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Birding

Arizona is considered a "bird watching paradise" according to The Arizona Republic's February 20, 2000 issue. A story by Sam Negri claims that Southeastern Arizona is home to a "rich lode of avian life." Last year, Arizona tied for fourth in the nation for states with most bird species.

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Gambel Quail - Tucson Arizona Birding Hummingbird

 

Birding is at its best in the desert and riparian area surrounding Karrels Double K Ranch. Lush creosote and mesquite shelter Gambel's Quail, road runners, cardinals and phainopepla. Hummingbirds and goldfinches zip around the pool waterfall and fountains next to the breakfast table.

Agua Caliente Park, a natural desert oasis with three ponds is a short walk from the ranch. The park is home to great horned owls, coopers hawks, vermillion flycatchers, great blue herons and more. Mt. Lemmon, a short drive away, is a favorite for birders who like to survey a variety of habitats at increasing elevations. Saguaro National Park East and Sabino Canyon provide additional opportunities for birding and hiking.

Harris Hawk and Great Horned Owl - Tucson Arizona Birding

The location of the Double K Ranch provides an ideal location for birding. There are also a number of excellent locations within a short drive to experience bird watching in southeastern Arizona such as Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, The Nature Conservancy at Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains and Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains.


Mary with Mystic in Agua Caliente Park.

Double K Ranch Alarm Clock: The Gilded Metal Pecker
taken by Carol and Dick
Gilded Metal Woodpecker

 


Bird Sightings

The following list is a composite of a several week period in spring of 2008. The birds were sighted on or above Double K Ranch; most from the breakfast table. The list does not include the many additional birds sighted at nearby Agua Caliente Park. Contributors include Nigel and Carole, Gene and Eulelie, Remy, Jean and Catherine and Mary from England, New Mexico, California and Arizona.

Bitterns & Herons
Great Blue Heron

American Vultures
Turkey Vulture

Ducks
Mallard (4 in our pool!)

Hawks
Osprey
Zone-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Quail
Gambel's Quail

Pigeons & Doves
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove

Roadrunners
Greater Roadrunner

Barn & Typical Owls
Great Horned Owl
Elf Owl

Hummingbirds
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird (migrant)

Woodpeckers
Gila Woodpecker
Gilded Flicker

Jays & Ravens
Common Raven

Verdins
Verdin (and nest)

Wrens
Cactus Wren

Kinglets & Gnatcatchers
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Mockingbirds & Thrashers
Northern Mockingbird
Curve-billed Thrasher

Silky Flycatchers
Phainopepla

Wood-Warblers
Lucy's Warbler

Emberizines
Green-tailed Towhee
Abert's Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow

Cardinals, Grosbeaks& Allies
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia

Icterines
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Hooded Oriole

Cardueline Finches
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch

Old World Sparrows
House Sparrow

 

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