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April 15th, 2016
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Elegant Trogon, Rufous-capped Warbler, Zone-tailed Hawk Nest

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Despite strong winds, we managed an impressive 72 species on the ‘Atascosa Loop’ with some memorable sightings.

Peña Blanca Canyon:

At the entrance to the canyon, we watched a pair of GRAY HAWKS, presumably nesting nearby, furiously attacking a passing RED-TAILED HAWK.

Gray Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk

Gray Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

A pair of ZONE-TAILED HAWKS are also nesting in the canyon.

Zone-tailed Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk nest

We heard a pair of RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS chattering away, but it was hard to get good views.

Rufous-capped Warbler

Rufous-capped Warbler

We were keen to see ELEGANT TROGONS, and found several.

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Also in the canyon, GRAY HAWK, HAMMOND’S, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BUSHTIT, HERMIT THRUSH, LUCY’S, NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, TOWNSEND’S, and WILSON’S WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, HEPATIC TANAGER, and HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES.

Canyon Wren

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Hammond's Flycatcher

Hooded Oriole

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Townsend's Warbler

White-striped Longtail

As we drove back out of the canyon we saw another male ELEGANT TROGON from the car. Trogons are shy, sensitive creatures, but this male was far less concerned about our presence in the car than he would have been if we were on foot. We were able to follow him for several minutes as he continued feeding on large hairy caterpillars. I took these photos through my sunroof!

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Ruby Rd:

A SONORAN WHIPSNAKE dashed across the road, but was too quick for everyone to get a view.

Sycamore Canyon:

We stopped in at the parking area and, despite the wind, we were able to locate a few ‘AZURE’ EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, including a probable nest. They were keeping down in the trees, instead of their usual high perches. A SUMMER TANAGER was also calling here.

Atascosa Peak

Atascosa Peak

Arivaca Lake Rd:

The road to the lake proved to be very productive, with excellent views of a couple of SWAINSON’S HAWKS, an equally good look at a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, plus loads of LUCY’S WARBLERS and a BLACK-TAILED JACKRABBIT.

Swainson's Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Arivaca Lake:

It was very pleasing to see so much water in the lake. We found NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, BLACK VULTURE, OSPREY, GRAY HAWK, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CASSIN’S and WESTERN KINGBIRDS, BELL’S VIREO, LUCY’S and YELLOW WARBLERS, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW.

Gray Hawk

Green-tailed Towhee

Neotropic Cormorant

Arivaca Lake

Arivaca Lake

Ruby Rd:

This splendid RED-TAILED HAWK posed for us near Arivaca for some nice photos.

Red-tailed Hawk

Arivaca Rd:

As we headed back towards Green Valley, we added GREATER ROADRUNNER and PYRRHULOXIA to the list to end a fantastic day in this wonderful part of the world.

 

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