Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Patagonia Lake State Park & Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

We have been in SE Arizona several times but have never made it to Patagonia Lake State Park.
The lake is very pretty.
Patagonia Lake.
We didn’t see a Mountain Lion but we did see several cattle grazing in the park.

Our visit to the park was to go on the Ranger led bird walk and to check for future volunteer opportunities.

The park is pretty typical with close together sites.  While we waited for the bird walk to start, more and more people started showing up.  It didn’t take long for us to realize that this wasn’t our favorite situation.  The walk was going to be 3 hours with 4 leaders in order to accommodate the very large group.
As the group decided which leader to follow, Mark and I decided to slip away and go off by ourselves. 

We saw 43 birds in about two hours.

The park maintained a few hummingbird feeders, and we saw both Broad-billed and Anna's Hummingbirds.
Broad-billed Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

We saw a few desert birds, including a tiny Verdin and the Cardinal-like Pyrrhuloxia.


And the lake offered a variety of ducks and waterbirds, including a big group of Common Mergansers. The females were all sporting their "bad hair day" feathers, while the males have solid dark heads.
Common Merganser females

Common Merganser male and female

And scratching around on the ground we found a Winter Wren, which is rare for this area.
Winter Wren
Even though we decided that we wouldn't be volunteering here in the near future, we enjoyed our visit.

Birds seen:
Mexican Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Cinnamon Teal
Lesser Scaup
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
White-winged Dove
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Gila Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Bridled Titmouse
Winter Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Rufous-winged Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Gray Catbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch


  1. Remembered some of those bird names from our bird walk there. The Cinnamon Teal were my favorite.

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  3. Great pictures. Yall sure know your birds, since all of those names you mentioned now come back into my memory of bird names being called out on our walk.

    My previous post was deleted as it was mentioning Juncos, but I know think it was Grackles we saw.