Birding at My Place

Birding at My Place
My favorite pastime is enjoying the birds of my one acre paradise in southeastern Arizona.

Yard List

This list includes all of the bird species we saw in or from the yard between April 1, 2010, and August 26, 2016, when we sold the house and down-sized to an RV to travel.

The yard was almost one acre, a rural property north of Tucson in the unincorporated town of Catalina. It had mostly native vegetation such as Velvet Mesquite, Palo Verde, Desert Broom, Acacia, Graythorn, Prickly Pear, Cholla, and native grasses and groundcover. A small dry wash ran through the back third of the property, creating a nice little microclimate. There were also fruit trees (apple, jujube, peach, & plum) and garden beds for flowers and vegetables. While we provided a variety of food options for the birds, as well as water, many species never came into the front yard where those were situated.

Big Wash was just over a mile west of us and the foothills of the northern end of the Catalina Mountains began about four miles to the east of us. The views were awesome and proximity to the mountain foothills and peaks brought falcons our way on occasion. I sadly never managed to spot a Golden Eagle to add to the yard list.

Species List from 4/1/10 to 8/26/16 in taxonomic order. Final total is 106. 

 *Nested on or near property.
Gambel's Quail*
Neotropic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk*
Harris's Hawk*
Swainson's Hawk
Zone-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk*
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove*
Inca Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove*
Greater Roadrunner*
Great Horned Owl*
Lesser Nighthawk
Black-chinned Hummingbird*
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird*
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird*
Lewis's Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker*
Red-naped Sapsucker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker*
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Black Phoebe
Hammond's Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher*
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Cassin's Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Bell's Vireo*
Plumbeous Vireo
Cassin's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Chihuahuan Raven
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Verdin*
Bewick's Wren
Cactus Wren*
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Curve-billed Thrasher*
Northern Mockingbird*
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Phainopepla*
Lucy's Warbler*
Virginia's Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Rufous-winged Sparrow*
Chipping Sparrow
Brewer's Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Canyon Towhee
Abert's Towhee*
Green-tailed Towhee
Summer Tanager
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal*
Pyrrhuloxia*
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle*
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch*
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch*
House Sparrow*

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