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July 10th, 2013
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Madera Canyon, Rio Rico, Patagonia

Super nice day of birding in mostly Santa Cruz County, with a little bit of Pima thrown in. 103 species in all.

Madera Canyon Rd:
BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, lots of vocal RUFOUS-WINGED and BOTTERI’S SPARROWS (but no Cassin’s – not as good a year for them as the past few, it seems).

Proctor Rd:
A somewhat ratty NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET.
Two male VARIED BUNTINGS were playing nicely, giving great views as they chased each other while singing, right by the parking lot.

Madera Canyon:
The two young GRAY HAWKS are ready to fledge the nest near Madera Picnic Area. They were being tempted by an adult bird which flew around with a lizard dangling from its bill.
Pair of SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS also at Madera Picnic Area.
Male and female ELEGANT TROGON seen just below the first creek crossing on the Carrie Nation Trail. Possibly two more males were heard up canyon.
Also from the Carrie Nation Trail, two ARIZONA WOODPECKERS, two pairs of SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, etc.

Rio Rico Ponds:
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO by the Santa Cruz River at the Guy Tobin Trailhead. A lone BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK on flooded field south of Rio Rico Drive, plus three CINNAMON TEAL, four COMMON GROUND-DOVES, TROPICAL KINGBIRDS (including juveniles), BRONZED COWBIRDS.
A spotty SPOTTED SANDPIPER was on the main pond and a nice pair of INDIGO BUNTINGS feeding in weeds behind the pond.

Pendleton Dr, Rio Rico:
Several BLACK VULTURES, two GRAY HAWKS.

Patagonia Roadside Rest:
Pair of THICK-BILLED KINGBIRDS, one on the nest, the other in the usual snag.
Several BLACK VULTURES nearby.

Paton house, Patagonia:
GRAY HAWK, several COMMON GROUND-DOVES, two vocal YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, and three or four VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS along with a few RUFOUS.

 

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