pyracantha berries was a great consolation!
We decided to bird the river and within about 1oo yards we heard the distinctive call of Rose-throated Becard. We were able to find him after several minutes of searching. Jerry went back to alert other birders while Thomas and I kept the becard in sight. It flew west over the fence towards the de Anza trail. Fortunately Dick Palmer and crew were present and we soon relocated the bird and got everyone on it. What a great start to the New Year! I was able to obtain a few marginal shots while it very actively fed.
Back view of Rose-throated Becard
Side view of Rose-throated Becard
Front view of Rose-throated Becard
Other notable species along the river include a male Ruddy-ground Dove, a rare but increasing visitor from Mexico, a very rare winter "Western" Flycatcher and Painted Redstart. This Crissal Thrasher entertained us on our way out.
We checked the flooded fields south of Tumacacori and found ca. 15 American Crows with greater numbers of Common and Chihuahuan Ravens. Western Meadowlarks cavorted with the three expected species of blackbirds. It has been a truly great year for crows!