Spring 2006 rare birds

The spring of 2006 proved to be an exceptional year for rare birds visiting the Granite Mountains, with several new species documented for the range. Highlights included several eastern US species, including a Northern Parula, an Indigo Bunting, and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. There were also a number of unusual sightings for the range, including a Yellow-headed Blackbird (Granite Cove), Osprey (Yucca Bajada), and Belted Kingfisher (Norris Cabin) this spring. Equally impressive were the numerous Black-Headed Grosbeaks in Granite Cove throughout May, and the waves of Hummingbirds (Anna’s, Costa’s, Black-chinned, Rufous, Calliope, and Broad-tailed) that visited the blooming Bladderpod (Isomeris arborea), Spiny Senna (Senna armata), and Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) throughout Granite Cove.