Birding Checklist: Bowers’ SaddleBrooke, Arizona Yard (alphabetic)

Bob and Prudy’s yard is a relatively small (1/3 acre) lot in the ‘active’ retirement community of SaddleBrooke.  The yard is bordered on two sides by streets and by 5-foot stucco walls on the other two, separating the yard from those of neighbors.  In spite of not bordering either golf course or other natural areas, many birds are attracted to the extensive plantings of trees, flowers and shrubs, as well as water features and bird feeders.  The following list is of birds documented in the yard or identified from the yard, such as overflying hawks or water birds, and represents birds noted since 2003.

  • Blackbird, Red-winged
  • Bunting, Lazuli (April, 2010, August 13, 2013)
  • Cardinal, Northern
  • Cormorant, Neotropic
  • Cowbird, Bronzed (Latest: June 10, 2007, May 11, 2009, every summer)
  • Dove, Inca (2 pair December 2, 2007)
  • Dove, Mourning
  • Dove, White-winged
  • Egret, Great (January 11, 2013)
  • Finch, House
  • Flicker, Northern (Red-shafted) (10/22/13)
  • Flycatcher, Gray
  • Flycatcher, Vermillion
  • Goldfinch, Lawrence’s (February, 2007)
  • Goldfinch, Lesser
  • Grackle, Great-tailed
  • Grosbeak, Black-headed (May 25, 2006, May 10, 2009)
  • Hawk, Common Black (May 29, 2007)
  • Hawk, Cooper’s
  • Hawk, Harris’s (March 29, 2008, low over back yard, from Brown’s)
  • Hawk, Red-tailed
  • Hawk, Sharp-shinned (November, 2006)
  • Hawk, Zone-tailed (pair, May 25, 2007, May and June, 2010, April 2013, every summer)
  • Heron, Great Blue
  • Hummingbird, Anna’s (all 12 months)
  • Hummingbird, Black-chinned (May 27, 2007)
  • Hummingbird, Broad-billed (all 12 months)
  • Hummingbird, Broad-tailed (August 2012, 2013)
  • Calliope (immature male, November 6, 2013)
  • Hummingbird, Costa’s (all 12 months)
  • Hummingbird, Rufous (July, 2005, at least a dozen plus, August through October, 2009,    pair for 2 days in February, 2010, late March/early April 2013)
  • Jay, Western Scrub-
  • Junco, Dark-eyed (January, 2010)
  • Kestrel, American (Winter/Spring 2007)
  • Kingbird, Western (May 12, 2008, May 11, 2009)
  • Kinglet, Ruby-crowned (April 5, 2013)
  • Mockingbird, Northern
  • Nighthawk, Lesser
  • Oriole, Hooded (April, May, 2007, pair May, 2008)
  • Owl, Great Horned
  • Phainopepla (June, 2003)
  • Phoebe, Say’s
  • Poorwill, Common (heard at 2:00 AM, 2 summers)
  • Pyrrhuloxia
  • Quail, Gambel’s
  • Raven, Chihuahua (10/19/13 afternoon flyover, smaller than Common, Chihuahua calls 3 sets of three)
  • Raven, Common
  • Roadrunner, Greater
  • Robin, American
  • Sapsucker, Red-naped
  • Siskin, Pine
  • Sparrow, Black-throated (Juvenile, under Oak, June 10, 2007, every summer)
  • Sparrow, Brewer’s (November, 2006)
  • Sparrow, House
  • Sparrow, Lark (February 22, 2016)
  • Sparrow, Lincoln’s (April, 2006)
  • Sparrow, Song
  • Sparrow, White-crowned
  • Starling, European (October 15, 2014)
  • Swallow, Barn (June 20, 2013)
  • Swallow, Northern Rough-winged (2, August 14, 2013)
  • Thrasher, Crissal
  • Thrasher, Curved-billed
  • Towhee, Abert’s (August, 2009)
  • Towhee, Canyon (August, 2009)
  • Towhee, Green-tailed (April, 2006, January, 2007))
  • Towhee, Spotted (March, 2006)
  • Verdin (November, 2006, nested in Fig tree, July, 2009, year-round)
  • Vulture, Turkey
  • Warbler, Black-throated Gray (October 12, 2014)
  • Warbler, Lucy’s (April 20, 2016)
  • Warbler, MacGillvray’s (2012)
  • Warbler, Nashville
  • Warbler, Orange-crowned (March 12, 2013)
  • Warbler, Wilson’s (April, 2006)
  • Warbler, Yellow (May 8, 2017)
  • Warbler, Yellow-rumped (February, 2007, April 9, 2013)
  • Waxwing, Cedar
  • Wigeon, American
  • Woodpecker, Gila
  • Woodpecker, Ladder-backed (May, 2006,  2007)
  • Wren, Bewick’s (January, 2010)
  • Wren, Cactus
  • Wren, House
  • Wren, Rock

Total:   85   Last added:          Yellow Warbler, May 8, 2017

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