Notes about birds, birding and travel from the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Crissal Thrasher, Maricopa Co. 01/26
Good views of typical, but sometimes difficult to see, desert residents at McDowell Regional Park just north of Fountain Hills. Highlights included extended looks at a Crissal Thrasher, plus about 4 Black-tailed Gnatcatchers, Costa's and Anna's Hummingbirds, and numerous Phainopeplas. A large flock of 72 Western Meadowlarks flew over and a couple of Great Horned Owls called at dusk, all of these were just in one remote corner of this extremely scenic desert park.