Anyway, I left made the long eight hour drive yesterday and arrived in the afternoon. When I got there Joe Hood already had the bird on a platter for me.
Walking around the neighborhood turned up a few more birds like this Cactus Wren.
And this scolding Bewick's Wren.
The Rock Wren wasn't as cooperative.
Joe and I discussed the calling ravens overhead. To me they sounded like Chihuahuan but it was a close call. The photo shows long rictal bristles and what looks like exposed white underfeathers on the neck so I'm sticking with Chihuahuan Raven over Common. Also I think the tail is not wedged out enough for Common Raven.
I decided save my motel resouces for another trip (I hear the Panhandle calling) so I turned around and headed for home. I stopped ten miles to the east to check out the Sanderson Canyon wash and pished in a couple of Black-tailed Gnatcatchers.
I got back home just after midnight, 18.5 hours and 940 miles after leaving home in the morning.
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