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Tonto National Forest, Arizona

October 19, 2002
By Eleanore Campbell

It was a sunny, cool day when six stalwart SAS members searched the environs along Forest Road 24 northeast of Carefree/Cave Creek for resident and wintering birds.

Highlights of the trip were found at Seven Springs Campground: Townsend's Solitaires were present in good numbers. The sleek, gray birds continually flitted and perched among the trees at the campground so close that their field marks were very evident. Red-napped Sapsuckers were busy eating and one showed up at the end of the trip so close we could see individual feathers. The entire Bird List of 31 species seen and heard:

Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Inca Dove, Mourning Dove, Hummingbird (sp.), Gila Woodpecker, Red-napped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (Red-shafted), Empidonax Flycatcher, Phainopepla, Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Scrub Jay, Verdin, Black-eared Bushtit, Bewick's Wren, Rock Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Common Raven, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Canyon Towhee, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch,

Participants: Eleanor Campbell, leader; Bill Muir, Vera Markham, Loretta and Chuck Richards, Daniela Yellan.

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