Field Update #2 – Sonoita-Patagonia Creek Preserve

In addition to searching for black-chinned hummingbirds at the Audubon Research Ranch, I’m also conducting my work at The Nature Conservancy Sonoita-Patagonia Creek Preserve. While this place is less than an hour drive away, it is fairly different from the ranch. The preserve is a rich and lush riparian area, surround by a mesquite filled semi-arid environment.

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You can easily find multiple hummingbird species here, which makes things a bit more complicated, but there are plenty of black-chinned hummingbirds going to the feeders they have established here. I’ve only scouted here a few times, but I’m excited to continue to work here, because the overall bird diversity is great! Last time I went, I saw over 50 species, including a varied bunting and thick-billed kingbird.

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