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Larry Sweetland

Formerly 'Larry Wheatland'
Nice one, a great haul for just a few days. :t:Interesting to note how things seem to have changed. Good to hear that Black-capped Gnatcatchers and Rufous-capped Warblers are around, as these were monstrously rare vagrants back in the early nineties. For me Wild Turkey's the biggest grip! I know it's a reintroduction, but I didn't hear of them being around Madera Canyon when I was there. Maybe there are more these days.

I think the 'best' bird from a US perspective that I ended up seeing during my stay was an Eared Trogon (at Ramsey Canyon if I've recalled the name of the place correctly).
 

sbradfield

Well-known member
Simon, I’ve only seen Yellow-breasted Chat once (badly) in Central Park, your shot is superb! Particularly as they can be skulking little buggers, well done with the report and some great shots to look back on. :t:

Thanks Ken. I didn't think I'd ever see one so well. It may not have been the rarest bird of the trip but the views we had made it a real contender for bird of the trip!
 

rkj

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Nice report. It reminds me of a trip I took to the area a couple years ago, but you had better luck (or, more likely, were better prepared) than I and saw some good species I missed. One note: you mention "our first White-throated Sparrows". This is actually a rare bird for Arizona in May, worth reporting to the local record keepers.
 

sbradfield

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Nice report. It reminds me of a trip I took to the area a couple years ago, but you had better luck (or, more likely, were better prepared) than I and saw some good species I missed. One note: you mention "our first White-throated Sparrows". This is actually a rare bird for Arizona in May, worth reporting to the local record keepers.

Apologies I clearly can't think and type at the same time! That should have read White-Crowned not White-throated! Thanks for pointing it out
 
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