OWLS & OTHERS FROM THE NORTH SHORE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE USA

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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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Las Cienegas NCA - Sonoita, AZ - Sept. 14, 2011

Las Cienegas NCA in Sonoita, AZ is 46,000 acres of open grassland with several roads allowing access to the many birds (and cattle...:) that call it home. This was my first visit, it took 3 hours for me to drive through with much exploring, birding and photography.


Clay-colored Sparrow. There were literally thousands of these throughout the conservation area.


One of the many cows that were free to roam as they wished.


A Dickcissel that popped up.


Lark Buntings were everywhere on my 1st visit and very hard to find a few days later.


Lark Sparrows were out in numbers on each visit.


Prong Horned Sheep, I only saw a few.


A dark Red-tailed Hawk along the road.


Swainson's Hawks were moving through in good numbers.


Another Swainson's Hawk as it perched on the post.


and finally Yellow-headed Blackbirds were seen in several locations.