- Southeast Arizona Birding Guide, Richard Fray - http://www.arizonabirder.com -

Huachuca Mountains

Nice day of canyon birding in the Huachucas…

Huachuca Canyon:
Three ELEGANT TROGONS: a pair seen before the first dry creek crossing above the 1.7 mile mark, another male seen before the second. All were vocal.
Two juvenile GRAY HAWKS on the nest at mile 0.
Two pairs of SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, HEPATIC TANAGER, etc.
First sighting of the day was another BLACK BEAR, a different one to last time [1], this one a larger, browner individual. Great looks at a SONORAN GOPHERSNAKE on the way out.

CARR CANYON:
Several pairs of BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS.
Two singing GREATER PEWEES.
Female LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKER at the Reef Townsite Campground. Seemed a very high elevation and unusual habitat for this species, but eBird has other recent records at this site.
WESTERN SCRUB-JAY, GRACE’S WARBLER, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, etc.

Carr Canyon [2]

Looking up canyon.

Carr Canyon [3]

Carr Canyon [4]

The view over Hereford.

Carr Canyon [5]

Monsoon storm.

Carr Canyon [6]

Looking south into Mexico.

Miller Canyon Rd:
Family of five SCALED QUAIL on S Silverstone Ave.
Singing BOTTERI’S SPARROW.

Beatty’s Guest Ranch:
Seven hummingbird species, the highlight being an early returning female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD. We didn’t see the White-eared this evening, but it has been reported in the last two days.

Miller Canyon:
Two juvenile SPOTTED OWLS, with a vocal adult nearby.
18 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS over at 6:20 p.m., my first in the Huachucas this year.
Nice big tarantula to end the day.

Tarantula [7]

Great birding, great company, a bear, a snake and a tarantula… it must be monsoon birding in southeast Arizona! 🙂