By Barbara L. Davis
This box advisor takes you to the barren region and grassland components of Arizona, California, and New Mexico the place the complete variety of poultry species reaches a brilliant 440. incorporated are 21 barren region birding sizzling spots, in-depth descriptions and behavioral info, eight fowl charts, and masses extra.
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Extra resources for A Field Guide to Birds of the Desert Southwest
Habitat and Diet The Least Bittern is uncommon and may be found year round in marshy areas on ponds lined with cattails. The lower Colorado River Valley, Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, Salton Sea, and Picacho Reservoir are prime choices for this species. As a wader, it stalks food, or waits patiently until an unsuspecting creature moves within striking distance. Prey include fish, frogs, insects, and crustaceans. Nesting and Mating Behaviors The nest is a platform usually placed on bent stalks among dense aquatic vegetation.
The hot Sonoran Desert to the east transitions into a varied blend of vegetation. This desert-scrub biome is the smallest of the four North American deserts. Less than one-third of the Sonoran Desert lies in Arizona and California; the remaining two-thirds extends southward into Baja California and Sonora, Mexico. Still, the Sonoran covers more area in the United States than either the Mojave or the Chihuahuan desert. Considered a subtropical desert, the Sonoran Desert’s vast biome contains an amazing diversity of plant species, enough to even appear lush in some areas.
O—Occasional: Normally less than five individuals per season during any given year, but to be looked for. X—Accidental: Less than ten records for the entire area, and not to be expected. I believe that the majority of birders are hooked on birding for the pure and simple joy of it. There is nothing more freeing than hearing a medley of birdsongs announce the arrival of a new day, and quietly feeling as much a part of nature as the vocalists themselves. There is nothing more touching than watching a covey of newly hatched quail scamper after their parents.
A Field Guide to Birds of the Desert Southwest by Barbara L. Davis