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

Agua Caliente Park, Mt Lemmon

A really great day in Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains, with 87 species and mega views of some fantastic species.

Lisa Frank Ave, Tucson:

We started with the regular BURROWING OWLS, always a good way to start any day.

Burrowing Owl [1]

Agua Caliente Park:

NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULETS were easy to find, before we even got to Rose Cottage. Also in the park, a showy, calling PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, ABERT’S TOWHEE, and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW. A migrant SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was near the park.

Bell's Vireo [2]

Lucy's Warbler [3]

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [4]

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [5]

Catalina Highway, mile 0 (Soldier Canyon):

A pair of BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHERS and several LAZULI BUNTINGS were by the road.

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher [6]

Soldier Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains, from the Catalina Highway [7]

Soldier Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains, from the Catalina Highway [8]

Soldier Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains, from the Catalina Highway [9]

Molino Basin:

A brief visit produced a splash of color, with SUMMER TANAGER, and HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES.

Incinerator Ridge Road, Mt Lemmon:

GREATER PEWEE, OLIVE WARBLER, and RED-FACED WARBLER all showed well in the first 200 yards of the road.

Greater Pewee [10]

Olive Warbler [11]

Olive Warbler [12]

Red-faced Warbler [13]

Red-faced Warbler [14]

Three singing VIRGINIA’S WARBLERS were at the end of the road.

Also along Incinerator Ridge Road, an excellent variety of high-elevation species, including MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED, WHITE-BREASTED and PYGMY NUTHATCHES, BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT TRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, YELLOW-RUMPED and GRACE’S WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, and YELLOW-EYED JUNCO.

Red-breasted Nuthatch [15]

Marshall Gulch:

We ate our sandwiches while watching HAIRY WOODPECKER, BUSHTIT, and another VIRGINIA’S WARBLER.

House Wren [16]

Summerhaven:

The feeders outside the realty office produced close views of MAGNIFICENT and BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRDS, SPOTTED TOWHEE, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK and several CASSIN’S FINCHES.

Cassin's Finch [17]

Cassin's Finch [18]

Cassin's Finch [19]

Cassin's Finch [20]

Cliff Chipmunk [21]

Spotted Towhee [22]

Yellow-eyed Junco [23]

Rose Canyon:

We parked on the main road and walked towards the Lizard Rock Group Area, finding BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER easily before we got to the ramada.

Buff-breasted Flycatcher [24]

Geology Vista:

BLACK-CHINNED SPARROWS were eventually found down slope from the lookout point.

Geology Vista, Santa Catalina Mountains [25]

Middle Bear Canyon:

DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER were added to the list.

Back near Agua Caliente Park:

As the sun went down a BRONZED COWBIRD, a pair of BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, and a pair of GILDED FLICKERS was a fitting way to end a memorable day.