Page Springs - Brown Thrasher & Pacific Wren
29 Jan 2016, 11:40 PM,
Page Springs - Brown Thrasher & Pacific Wren
Wanting to enjoy some warm weather before the winter storm later this weekend I headed to Page Springs in the mid-morning today, 29 January. I was surprised how little bird vocalization I heard but it was still somewhat birdy. The same ducks and approximate numbers mentioned in previous posts were present at the ponds on the Bubbling Springs side of the creek. There was a calling Pacific Wren amongst the shrubs and tangled trees at the north end of one of the center overgrown pond cells that is full of cattails. A Virginia Rail was also heard here. I found the (presumed) previously reported Brown Thrasher along the Black Hawk Trail. This bird was roughly due west of the amphitheater in the fairly dense line of trees along the white fence marking the boundary of the hatchery property. There were several Spotted Towhees scratching in the leaf litter here as well. At the hatchery on the east side of the creek there were the expected species and an Orange-crowned Warbler.
30 Jan 2016, 9:54 PM,
RE: Page Springs - Brown Thrasher & Pacific Wren
I was at Page Springs on, 1/30/16.

The Black & White Warbler made an appearance.

Page Springs Fish Hatchery, Yavapai, Arizona, US Jan 30, 2016

Wood Duck 2
American Wigeon 20
Mallard 38
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Pintail 1
Canvasback 16
Ring-necked Duck 100
Lesser Scaup 2
Common Merganser 2
Great Blue Heron 5
Bald Eagle 1
Killdeer 3
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Gila Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Hammond's Flycatcher 1
Black Phoebe 4
Say's Phoebe 1
Bridled Titmouse 2
Brown Creeper 1
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Dark-eyed Junco 8
White-crowned Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Abert's Towhee 2
Great-tailed Grackle 2
House Finch 5
Lesser Goldfinch 1


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6 Feb 2016, 5:33 PM,
RE: Page Springs - Brown Thrasher & Pacific Wren
Chrissy Kondrat-Smith and I spent the early part of this afternoon at Page Springs Fish Hatchery and Bubbling Ponds today. We tried briefly for the black and white warbler, but were unsuccessful. On the Black Hawk Trail, we relocated the brown thrasher in approximately the same location as John described (dense vegetation along the white fence approximately due west of the ampitheater) and also slightly north. Given the time of day, it was relatively quiet, but a few of the usual suspects were hanging around.

7 Feb 2016, 8:12 PM,
RE: Page Springs - Brown Thrasher & Pacific Wren
I finally got some clear looks at the Brown Thrasher today, 2/7/16. I had about 2 seconds to get off a clear pic of it. I had to stalk it for about an hour in the thick brush, but it was worth it!

I also relocated the Slate-colored Junco.

Also, I had a question about a Sapsucker that I saw there. Unfortunately, I only was able to obtain 1 not so good pic (see Below).

It looks like a juvenile, so I just wanted to see if it might be a possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I tried to relocate it (it was in the same general area as the Thrasher), but I was unable to find it.

It was another great morning of birding:

Page Springs Fish Hatchery, Yavapai, Arizona, US Feb 7, 2016
42 species (+2 other taxa)

Gadwall 4
American Wigeon 16
Mallard 36
Northern Pintail 1
Canvasback 6
Redhead 1
Green-winged Teal 5
Ring-necked Duck 120
Lesser Scaup 4
Great Blue Heron 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Killdeer 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 2
Greater Roadrunner 1
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Gila Woodpecker 1
Red-naped Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Black Phoebe 5
Say's Phoebe 2
Bridled Titmouse 6
Verdin 2
Marsh Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Western Bluebird 7
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 1
Brown Thrasher 1 Continuing
American Pipit 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) 2
White-crowned Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 4
Lincoln's Sparrow 4
Abert's Towhee 4
Spotted Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 5
House Finch 6


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14 Feb 2016, 5:48 PM,
RE: Page Springs - Brown Thrasher & Pacific Wren
The thrasher is still there, as of 2/14. It took me three tries, but I found it! No luck on the black and white warbler.

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