Black City: Birds
Hawk Owl, one of the few year round residents in this area.
Sue Parsons/Jim Regimbal
Only about 12 species of birds can make a living here year round but, in spring and summer, over 150 species find habitat in Tombstone Park and the Blackstone Uplands.
During the mating season, the Blackstone Uplands are especially rich in bird life. Dabbling and diving ducks mingle with grebes and loons on the lakes. The tussocks, hummocks and ponds provide breeding habitat for some rarely-seen species. Shorebirds, including American Golden-Plover and Upland Sandpiper, nest on the tundra. Long-tailed Jaegers and Short-eared Owls hunt by flying low, following the land’s contours. As well as Common Loons, look for Red-throated and Pacific loons on the lakes and ponds.
Bald Eagles nest along the big rivers north of the Park. Other raptors include a variety of falcons, hawks and owls.