Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Dipper in Pai

January 3rd, 2018:  My great buddy Walker Noe and I went north to Yavapai County to look for an American Dipper, or two, that have been seen in Fain Park in Prescott Valley.  We were able to find one of the two Dippers.  It was odd to see this bird at a lake and not along a fast running stream.  There are running water sources on both sides of the lake with good water flow, but the dipper kept to the lake edges.  What a cool bird, a great bird for Yavapai County, and an Arizona state bird for Walker.

Later in the day, I went to some spots in Maricopa County southwest of Phoenix and in Buckeye, all based around a billionth failed Short-eared Owl attempt in Maricopa County.  I did get a White-tailed Kite from SEOW lookout, and some other highlights:

Bell's Sparrow

Cattle Egrets

Ferruginous Hawk

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