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May 3rd, 2014
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Pena Blanca Canyon and Lake

A very pleasant day guiding for the Santa Cruz Nature & Heritage Festival. 71 species.

Pena Blanca Canyon:
We parked about a third of a mile south of Ruby Road and walked from there to about the one mile mark.
Male ELEGANT TROGON calling and flying up and down canyon, about a mile south of Ruby Road.
Good birding in general, with BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, PEREGRINE FALCON, my FOS OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, loads of DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, WARBLING VIREO, BUSHTITS, ROCK and CANYON WRENS, seven warbler species including MacGILLIVRAY’S, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS.

Costa's Hummingbird

Gray Hawk

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Peregrine Falcon

Western-type flycatcher

Ruby Road (bathrooms between the lake and canyon):
ZONE-TAILED HAWK, BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER.

Pena Blanca Lake:
A check of both coves at the southern end produced LESSER SCAUP, PIED-BILLED GREBE (but no Least), NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, OSPREY, GRAY HAWK, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, and SUMMER TANAGER.
The Upper Thumbrock bathroom-nesting CANYON WRENS have returned, but this year they have moved out of the womens’ room and are nesting in the mens’ room. I don’t know what this says about anything, but help yourselves to any of the many punch lines available. Anyone wanting to see the nest should open the door, stand back for a minute, brace yourself, then go in, and look up to the right.

Canyon Wren nest

Bewick's Wren

Neotropic Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant

Ruddy Duck

 

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