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

Agua Caliente Park, Mt Lemmon

A very pleasant day of all-round birding in the Tucson area, at Agua Caliente Park and Mt Lemmon.

Agua Caliente Park:

We had classic views of a GREATER ROADRUNNER, belting past us at high speed in pursuit of an unfortunate whiptail lizard, which it caught, killed and ate in a few seconds with clinical precision.

Greater Roadrunner [1]

Greater Roadrunner [2]

Greater Roadrunner [3]

Greater Roadrunner [4]

Greater Roadrunner [5]

Greater Roadrunner [6]

Greater Roadrunner [7]

Greater Roadrunner [8]

Greater Roadrunner [9]

The park and environs were very birdy early morning before the temperatures soared. We found a female BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD on a nest, as well as ANNA’S and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, VERMILION and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, ‘DESERT’ PURPLE MARTIN, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, LUCY’S WARBLER, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, BRONZED COWBIRD, and HOODED and BULLOCK’S ORIOLES.

Black-chinned Hummingbird [10]

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher [11]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [12]

Brown-crested Flycatcher [13]

Cactus Wren [14]

Cactus Wren [15]

Cooper's Hawk [16]

Curve-billed Thrasher [17]

Gila Woodpecker [18]

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [19]

'Desert' Purple Martin [20]

Vermilion Flycatcher [21]

Clark's Spiny Lizard [22]

Saguaro blooms [23]

Mt Lemmon from east Tucson [24]

Soldier Canyon:

A brief stop to see if VARIED BUNTINGS had returned to this regular spot produced a singing male, but he stayed on the opposite slope and never came into view.

Bear Canyon:

More good birding, with WHITE-BREASTED and PYGMY NUTHATCHES, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, PLUMBEOUS VIREO, GRACE’S WARBLER, PAINTED REDSTART, and YELLOW-EYED JUNCO.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher [25]

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher [26]

Painted Redstart [27]

Yellow-eyed Junco [28]

Looking up from Bear Canyon [29]

Incinerator Ridge Rd:

The list continued to grow with high elevation species such as ZONE-TAILED HAWK, CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER, VIRGINIA’S, ‘AUDUBON’S’ YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, and RED-FACED WARBLERS, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, WESTERN TANAGER, and PINE SISKIN.

Red-faced Warbler [30]

Red-faced Warbler [31]

Red-faced Warbler [32]

Zone-tailed Hawk [33]

Zone-tailed Hawk [34]

Zone-tailed Hawk [35]

San Pedro Valley from Incinerator Ridge [36]

Sky Center (Steward Observatory):

The observatory was closed today so we had to be content with slightly more distant views of the male BLUE-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD through the chain-link fence.

Blue-throated Hummingbird [37]

Also here, CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER, BROWN CREEPER, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, VIRGINIA’S WARBLER, and WESTERN TANAGER.

Cordilleran Flycatcher [38]

Cordilleran Flycatcher [39]

Ski Valley:

A quick stop at the Iron Door Restaurant gave us good views of MAGNIFICENT and BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRDS, RED-FACED WARBLER, and YELLOW-EYED JUNCO.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird [40]

Broad-tailed Hummingbird [41]

Broad-tailed Hummingbird [42]

Summerhaven:

The feeders outside the realty office produced NORTHERN FLICKER, SPOTTED TOWHEE, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and PINE SISKIN, as well as the obligatory CLIFF CHIPMUNK and an unusually showy BOTTA’S POCKET GOPHER.

Northern Flicker [43]

Spotted Towhee [44]

Yellow-eyed Junco [45]

Yellow-eyed Junco [46]

Botta's Pocket Gopher [47]

Botta's Pocket Gopher [48]

Cliff Chipmunk [49]

Alder Vista:

The male OLIVE WARBLER continues singing near the parking lot, and we also found WESTERN BLUEBIRD and AMERICAN ROBIN to end a fine day.

Olive Warbler [50]

Olive Warbler [51]

American Robin [52]

Western Bluebird [53]