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Sandia Park, New Mexico, United States
I have been birding for 41 years. My favorite clients are those who are interested in birds, watching them and even learning about their behavior, not just checking birds off a life list. I enjoy people and want to have fun while birding. As a bird watcher since 1972, I have acquired a broad knowledge of birds, birdsong, habitat and behavior. One of the things I enjoy most about taking people out birding is teaching my clients how to identify birds and how to recall their song. We were in Asheville, NC for 5 years, and Bisbee, AZ 10 years before that. Currently we are house hunting in New Mexico.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Winter Weekend Trip Feb. 2013

I just returned from the High Lonesome Bird Tours Winter Weekend Trip which began Feb. 14-Feb. 19, 2013. The first day we birded the San Raphael Valley, searching for wintering grassland sparrows. We came across large flocks of Chestnut-collard Longspurs, White-tailed Kites, and various sparrows ranging from Savannah - Vesper. 
We unfortunately did not encounter any Rough-legged Hawks or Prairie Falcons. 
We ended up at Patagonia Lake where we had numerous duck species.
At Kino Golf Course we had a Rufous-winged Sparrow which was a life bird for the whole group. 
For dinner we attended the Casa de San Pedro Birding B&B's Valentine Weekend Dinner prepared and served by Franz and Gratien a French chef couple from Switzerland.
Dinner was superb as usual with lots of wine flowing. 
The second day we spend in the Sulpher Springs Valley, where, along the way we had 5 races of Red tailed Hawks including: Fuertes, Western, Dark-Rufous Integrade, Krider's Juvenile and a Rufous Morph. We were treated with great views of an American Bittern at Whitewater Draw. Snow and Ross's Geese with copious numbers of Sandhill Cranes and lots of Northern Harriers were the birds du jour. Then we ventured north in search of a Merlin which was no where to be found. While looking we were graced with great looks at pairs of Bendire's, Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers which were setting up territory to nest.
The third day we left for the San Pedro Riparian Area where we saw a Fox Sparrow, White throated Sparrow, lots of Abert's Towhees, Green-tailed Towhees and Yellow-headed Blackbirds.
We left for Ft. Huachuca where we encountered a Pacific Wren on the trail beyond the water crossing. It was quiet so we headed for Garden Canyon. There we encountered a Mexican Spotted Owl in the hollow of a large Sycamore.
Our final dinner was Monday night and while returning back at Ramsey Canyon Inn B&B we stopped to see if we could spot a Western and Whiskered Screech Owls. The temperatures were down in the 30's but we were able to obtain great views of each before retiring.
All in all it was a great trip with lots of birds.

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