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Figure 1: Elf owl scores a moth, Tucson Mtns, AZ. They also like scorpions, centipedes, and beetles. Photo courtesy of Roger Carpenter.
(Birds seen within about 1 mile of Camino De Oeste and Gates Pass Road, compiled by Roger Wolf, Tucson Audobon Society and Roger Carpenter. Asterisks in the lists indicate species we believe likely, but for which confirmation is needed)
Some years ago, I found a mallard duck taking a migration break in a very small puddle where the road crosses Camino de Oeste Wash. When the Wildlife Museum added fish to their entry pond, it didn't take long for egrets from Pima County's Sweetwater Wetlands to notice and eat them all.
Crested caracaras were in residence in Sells by 2018, with sightings at the Wetlands. I saw a single caracara high flying over the Camino de Oeste Wash one morning on my walk. Bird populations fluctuate with the availability of food, nesting sites, plus temperature and rainfall changes. Carolyn Leigh
Current birding information for Pima County at: Tucson Audubon Society - Sweetwater Wetlands and Pima County: Birdwatching Opportunities and Protocols.
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Updated from the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Association Newsletter, Winter 2000.
Birds of the Tucson Mountains, Arizona, (GPANA.info) at http://www.GPANA.info/gpnature/birdlist.htm. The text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. The photographs are copyright by the photographers with all rights reserved.