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April 16th, 2016
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Peña Blanca Canyon & Lake

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Another fabulous birding and photography experience at Peña Blanca Canyon and Lake, with 70 species.

Peña Blanca Canyon:

Once more, the ELEGANT TROGON show was excellent, with a minimum of four males and two females found in the first half mile beyond the parking spot.

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Also in the canyon, calling MONTEZUMA QUAIL, GRAY HAWK, nesting ZONE-TAILED HAWK, GREATER ROADRUNNER, BLACK-CHINNED, BROAD-TAILED, RUFOUS and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, HAMMOND’S, VERMILION, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, HUTTON’S VIREO, BUSHTIT, LUCY’S, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and WILSON’S WARBLERS, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, HEPATIC TANAGER, LAZULI BUNTING, and HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Hammond's Flycatcher

Hepatic Tanager

Hepatic Tanager

Zone-tailed Hawk

Peña Blanca Lake:

We birded the two coves at the southern end of the lake in the late afternoon. A SWAMP SPARROW was feeding on the shoreline with a LINCOLN’S SPARROW for a good comparison.

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

There were dozens of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, including an eastern form ‘MYRTLE’ WARBLER.

'Myrtle' Yellow-rumped Warbler

The birding at the lake was good, despite the late hour, and we found NORTHERN HARRIER, GRAY HAWK, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, VERMILION, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BELL’S VIREO, VIOLET-GREEN, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and BARN SWALLOWS, ORANGE-CROWNED, LUCY’S, TOWNSEND’S and WILSON’S WARBLERS, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGER (the latter being my first of the year), and a showy male HOODED ORIOLE.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Bell's Vireo

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird

Gray Hawk

Gray Hawk

Gray Hawk

Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Zone-tailed Hawk

Peña Blanca Lake

Rio Rico:

A couple of JAVELINA crossed the road and a LESSER NIGHTHAWK flew over the truck stop at dusk, my first of the year. I saw several more on my way home.

 

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