Sunday morning I joined a couple birders from Desert Rivers Audubon to bird western Maricopa County--especially to look for LeConte's Thrasher, a Yellow WatchList species. I hadn't seen one of these birds for a long, long time and had never gotten a great look. So I really enjoyed seeing two of these birds at the traditional spot west of Phoenix. The birds were singing and sitting up on the short salt brush. Also in the area, at least five Sage Sparrows, another bird I haven't seen that often lately.