Monday morning, I spent an hour and a half birding before the long day of lecture and powerpoint session (I thought I was done with lectures for the summer!) of the first day of training. I just walked around Park Moabi Campground and picked up Western Tanager, Verdin, Albert's Towhee, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Clark's Grebe, Greater Roadrunner, Phainopepla, and Macgillivray's Warbler. After the training session, a few of the crew members and I birded the same area and came up with a few more species including Black-chinned Hummingbird, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Western Flycatcher (probably Pacific-slope Flycatcher based on range), Lucy's Warbler, and Vaux's Swift.
|Western Flycatcher (probably Pacific-slope, but could be Cordilleran)|
Tuesday morning was the field portion of our training and we headed out to Lake Havasu NWR to survey for Willow Flycatchers. We resighted one that the banders had caught on Sunday. At the refuge, we observed Lesser Nighthawks, Western Wood-Pewee, Common Moorhen, White-faced Ibis, Black-headed Grosbeak, several Yellow-breasted Chats, Bank Swallows, Summer Tanagers, and a Gila Woodpecker. That afternoon as we were walking up to the main office to use the internet, we spotted a Say's Phoebe. Also, we observed a Ladder-backed Woodpecker the same afternoon.
Wednesday morning, we had a 3 hour boat training session as my field partner, Jesse Vooz, and I will be on the boating most of the time on the Lower Colorado River while surveying for Southwestern Willow Flycatchers!
Thursday, we drove down to Cibola NWR to meet the refuge biologist and on the way we observed several Burrowing Owls, American White Pelicans, and a Red-tailed Hawk (amongst the million blackbirds).
|American White Pelican|
|Snowy Egrets (two on left) and Great Egret (on right)|
|Say's Phoebe outside of a nest cavity|