Mead Gardens, 4/27/2012

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Painted Bunting
This morning I went to Mead Gardens again, and while I could only be there for a little over an hour, I had a great time.  The highlight of my morning was certainly seeing female Painted Bunting, the first I've seen there and the first I've seen this year.  I also found at least one (maybe two) Yellow-billed Cuckoos, and these are the first I've seen this year as well. I put the sightings on my Mead Garden "birdmap" if you're interested in seeing where they were.

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Painted Bunting
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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Other sightings were pretty much the ordinary things I've been seeing in the park.  It was fun, however, to meet a couple people in person that I've only interacted with before on blogs and social networks.  Birders can be really great people.  Here's a list of species I found at Mead Gardens this morning:

Anhinga 1
Great Blue Heron 1
White Ibis 8
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Mourning Dove X
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Blue Jay X
Fish Crow X
Purple Martin 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 2
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 2
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 3
Painted Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
House Finch 3


  1. Nice Scott! The Yellow-Billed Cuckoo is one I'm really hoping to see soon in Arizona. Those Bunting pictures are fantastic. I hope you get to photograph a male soon and then share it : )

  2. Great photos Scott! The Bunting is beautiful! Sounds like a great day:)


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