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16 - 18 June 1999

by Dick Palmer

What follows is a trip report of a recent birding trip cut short by unforseen circumstances. I had planned on staying a couple of more days in the area, but as I was heading from Santa Rosa to the La Trinidad Mine I was held up by two banditos with rifles. Unfortunately they took my binoculars and other birding equipment. The good news is they did not harm me in any way, left me with my vehicle, camping equipment and enough money (they didn't find it all.) to get back to the states. The equipment was covered by insurance for the most part so I should come out this not to bad. The state police have a good description of the banditos and they should be in custody by now. However do not go to the Santa Rosa, Sonora area until I can confirm that they do have the bandits. Further details are available for those planning a trip to this area upon request.

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus 34 at the Rio Yaqui
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus 66 at the Rio Yaqui
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias 7
Great Egret Ardea alba 1 at Yecora
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 60 at Hermosillo
Green Heron Butorides virescens 1 at the Rio Matape
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus 21
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura 51
Harris' Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus 2
Gray Hawk Asturina nitida 7
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis 13
Crested Caracara Caracara plancus 10
American Kestrel Falco sparverius 8
Elegant Quail Callipepla douglasii 10
Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii 10
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus 6
Rock Dove Columba livia 17
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura 26
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica 46
Inca Dove Columbina inca 21
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina 41
Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti 2
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi 5
* Military Macaw Ara militaris 62 at the Rio Sahuaripa on the Santa Rosa road. Most I have ever seen. Feeding on a fruiting tree. Many of these trees were along the almost dry river. I do not know the name of this particular tree. The fruit was 1/2 inch in diameter and tan colored with wrinkled skin.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus 2 seen well at the Rio Matape.
Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus 1
Lesser Roadrunner Geococcyx velox 5
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus 1
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum 1
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis 51
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor 2 at Yecora heard from the Motel King.
Buff-collared Nightjar Caprimulgus ridgwayi 2 at the Rio Yaqui.
Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus 1 flushed off the road at km 266.
*White-naped Swift Streptoprocne semicollaris 40 seen well at km 252 during a cloudy misty day. 4th Sonoran record? Northernmost sight record for this species in North America?
White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis 21
Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris 8
White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis 4
Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina 1
Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae 4
Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans 3
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana 2 at the Rio Matape
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus 16
Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris 6
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 1 of the Red-shafted form.
White-striped Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes leucogaster 3 at the Rio Sahuaripa
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe 3
Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax 1
Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus 18
Cordilleran Flycatcher Empidonax occidentalis 4
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans 5
Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya 1
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus 4
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer 9
Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens 4
Nutting's Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi 12
Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus 2
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus 4
Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans 6
Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris 4
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis 14
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris 10 at the Rio Sahuaripa.
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus 2 at the Rio Matape.
Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae 3
Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri 3
Mexican Jay Aphelocoma ultramarina 2
Black-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta colliei 11
Chihuahuan Raven Corvus cryptoleucus 6 along the road from Nogales to Hermosillo.
Common Raven Corvus corax 21
Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii 4
Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis 2 at km 196 in the fig trees.
Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens 4
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis 1
Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis 1
White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis 1
Rufous-backed Robin Turdus rufopalliatus 1
American Robin Turdus migratorius 12
Blue Mockingbird Melanotis caerulescens 7
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos 3
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis 1
Spotted Wren Campylorhynchus gularis 1 at the Kilometer 260 spot.
Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus 1
Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus 1
Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus 5
Happy Wren Thryothorus felix 3
Sinaloa Wren Thryothorus sinaloa 5
Verdin Auriparus flaviceps 3
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Polioptila melanura 6
Black-capped Gnatcatcher Polioptila nigriceps 2
N. Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis 26
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 76
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota 150 at the Rio Yaqui bridge.
House Sparrow Passer domesticus 111
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus 21
Lucy's Warbler Vermivora luciae 4
Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi 2, one at km 196 and one at km 214
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia 1
*American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla 1, either a female or a first year male at km 260. About the 8th Sonoran record.
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas 2
Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus 1
Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons 5
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens 60
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia 2
Rufous-winged Sparrow Aimophila carpalis 1
Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens 3
Canyon Towhee Pipilo fuscus 10
Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava 1
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra 1
Yellow Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysopeplus 3
Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus 6
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 12
Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus 3
Blue Grosbeak Guiraca caerulea 16
Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor 25
Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus 11
Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus 2
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus 15
Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus 70
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater 55

*Documentation of these sightings available upon request.

119 species:

Dick Palmer
Green Valley, AZ