I'm an avid birder and nature photographer wishing to share some of my sightings & images taken while out in the "wilds" of Cape Ann and surrounding New England countryside. More images can be found on my web site at New England Birds Plus Enjoy, Phil Brown

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Arizona - September 11 - 18, 2011

A week of birding in south east Arizona turned up 143 species. Out at sunrise and back at dusk each day while covering just under 1200 miles over the 8 days. Lots of varied habitat and beautiful scenery can be found in the mountains and canyons around Sierra Vista, I always enjoy my visits and hate to leave.

Taken outside of Sonoita, near Elgin along Rte 82

Something you don't see here in the east.... Open range!

Mary Jo Ballator's "Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast" is a great place to see loads of Hummingbirds and others like this Acorn Woodpecker that was coming to suet in her backyard.

She has Lucifer Hummingbirds coming to her feeders through late September.

along with Rufous (seen below), Anna's, Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Broad-billed & Magnificent Hummingbirds and several others as regular visitors to her yard.

Mexican Jays frequent her feeders as well.

The Paton's Hummingbird Haven in Patagonia hosts several Violet-crowned Hummingbirds as well as most of those listed above.

A Cooper's Hawk made a run at the feeders while I was there and hung around for several minutes contemplating its next move.

A Ladder-backed Woodpecker coming to the suet and posing in a nearby perch was a treat to see.

I'll continue in another post with stops at other locations around Sierra Vista.