Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, November 2013

I made a trip to RPWR on Friday November 29. This post has some pictures.

There were reports of a Black-and-white Warbler, which is rare in Arizona (but common back east). It was reported at the Cottonwood trees between Pond 1 and Pond 7. There was a group of people who said they had been there for 2 hours hoping to see the warbler. I waited there a while and had no luck. I walked to Bumblebee Point and met Eddie, who I’ve talked to before at RPWR. He had taken a picture of a bird there and didn’t know what it was. He showed me and it was the Black-and-white. I waited around a while there, but still didn’t see it.

I was happy to get pictures of the American Kestrel. It is the first close-up picture I’ve gotten of the Kestrel. I had a hard time deciding which picture to post.

I played hooky from work for an hour or so on Wednesday (12/4) to try again for the Black-and-white. Again no luck. I haven’t seen any more reports posted, so I think he’s gone. I saw the Kestrel again on the same pole along Guadalupe, but wasn’t close enough for a good picture. I did get a shot of the Sharp-shinned Hawk. The Yellow Warbler was moving in the tree and difficult to get a good picture, but I posted one anyway.

Here they are:

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