SUMMER FESTIVAL
August 3 - 6, 2022

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SPONSORED BY
Watercolor Butterfly 19
White Dragonfly
Bird Silhouettes

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make the Summer Festival a success!

 

The Southwest Wings Summer Festival ran a total of 32 field trips over four days, plus some free campus walks at Cochise College, many talks and lots of vendors and exhibitors, including the festival sponsor Swarovski Optik. 

A total of 191 species were recorded over the four days, including five ABA rarities - Buff-collared Nightjar, White-eared and Berylline Hummingbirds, Rose-throated Becard and Five striped Sparrow.

 

Additional Arizona rarities included Lucifer Hummingbird, Thick-billed Kingbird, Mississippi Kite and Green Kingfisher. 

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Five-striped Sparrow. Photo: Richard Fray

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Elegant Trogon was seen on two different trips, and six species of owls, 12 species of hummingbirds, 10 species of warblers, 20 species of sparrows and 20 species of flycatchers were also recorded.

Two new species for the cumulative festival list were added. A Wood Duck was seen at Benson WTP and the newly elevated Chihuahuan Meadowlark (formerly Lilian's Meadowlark, a subspecies of Eastern) was seen in several locations.

For an eBird trip list covering the whole festival please go to this link: 

https://ebird.org/tripreport/70113

Elegant Trogon. Photo: Peggy Steffens

There were 26 free talks over the four days which covered a range of topics including birds, bees, bats, beavers, butterflies and bears!

 

The Keynote Dinner talk from Sheri Williamson began with the origins of hummingbirds, then looked at the present-day problems they face as well as a possible future given the effects of climate change and pollution. 

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Rick Taylor signing. Photo: SW Wings

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Sheri Williamson, Keynote Speaker. Photo: SW Wings

Rick Taylor, freshly back from a three-day Chiricahuas tour, treated us to a talk on the identification of Arizonan hummingbirds, focusing on those tricky female and immature birds.

 

He then signed copies of his very latest book Birds of Arizona which was on sale at the festival for the first time anywhere in the world! 

Here are some further photos from the festival: 

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What a welcome!. Photo: SW Wings

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Coronado National Memorial trip. Photo: Gordon Lam

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Welcome desk. Photo: SW Wings

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Rick Wright's talk about bird names. Photo: SW Wings

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Miller Canyon trip. Photo: Ken Blankenship

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Garden Canyon trip. Photo: Jennie MacFarland

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Welcome desk. Photo: SW Wings