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August 27th, 2015
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Montezuma Quail, Rufous-capped Warbler, Five-striped Sparrow

Yet another great day in the Atascosa Mountains and Pajarito Wilderness, with 85 species and lots of highlights.

Ruby Rd:

A mysterious perched shape soon after dawn drew our attention. It turned out to be a roosting juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON, which presumably signifies success for the nearby nest in Peña Blanca Canyon.

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon

A pair of MONTEZUMA QUAIL crossed the road near Sycamore Canyon.

Montezuma Quail

Montezuma Quail

We also encountered GRAY HAWK, GREATER ROADRUNNER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BOTTERI’S and LARK SPARROWS, and HOODED ORIOLE, as well as a GRAY FOX and an EASTERN PATCH-NOSED SNAKE.

Peña Blanca Lake:

A brief visit produced ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, GREEN HERON, a few BANK SWALLOWS, ORANGE-CROWNED, LUCY’S, NASHVILLE, YELLOW, and WILSON’S WARBLERS, BLUE GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING, and HOODED ORIOLE, but not the reported Green Kingfisher.

Lucy's Warbler

Orb spider sp.

Peña Blanca Canyon:

We heard a RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER singing, and ELEGANT TROGON calling, but couldn’t get a visual of either.

We did have better luck with GRAY HAWK, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, an adult PEREGRINE FALCON overhead, DUSKY, PACIFIC-SLOPE, and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, an early migrant CASSIN’S, resident HUTTON’S and migrant WARBLING VIREOS, NASHVILLE and WILSON’S WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS, and VARIED and LAZULI BUNTINGS.

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Juvenile Rock Wren

To our delight, an entirely tail-less NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET followed us the whole time we were in the canyon.

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

The many butterflies in the canyon still include the nationally rare ELF.

Elf

Arizona Sister

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Pearl Crescent

Desert Grassland Whiptail

Peña Blanca Canyon

California Gulch / Warsaw Canyon:

We were able to locate both juvenile and adult FIVE-STRIPED SPARROWS without too much trouble.

Juvenile Five-striped Sparrow

Five-striped Sparrow

Five-striped Sparrow

The tail-molting BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continue.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Also here, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, GRAY and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BELL’S VIREO, ‘DESERT’ PURPLE MARTIN, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, MacGILLIVRAY’S and WILSON’S WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, LARK BUNTING, BLUE GROSBEAK, and VARIED BUNTING.

Undisclosed Site:

The regular BARN OWL continues.

 

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