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

Agua Caliente Park, Mt Lemmon, Sweetwater Wetlands

A day of target birding and photography in the Tucson area, with a regular client who will turn 90 soon. We found 80 species. Great to see you again, Ken!

Agua Caliente Park:

Ken wanted to get a photo of a LUCY’S WARBLER, never an easy task, but we managed it eventually.

Lucy's Warbler [1]

Rose Canyon, Mt Lemmon:

OLIVE WARBLER was our main target here, and we found a pair right by the road.

Olive Warbler [2]

We also had good views of a BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER near the Lizard Rock Group Area.

Buff-breasted Flycatcher [3]

Other birds between the road and the group area included PLUMBEOUS and WARBLING VIREOS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, AMERICAN ROBIN, GRACE’S WARBLER, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, and WESTERN TANAGER.

Incinerator Ridge Rd, Mt Lemmon:

Warblers are always a highlight at this location, and today we found OLIVE, VIRGINIA’S, ‘AUDUBON’S’ YELLOW-RUMPED, GRACE’S, TOWNSEND’S, and RED-FACED WARBLERS, plus PAINTED REDSTART. Also here, HAIRY WOODPECKER, PEREGRINE FALCON, GREATER PEWEE, PLUMBEOUS and HUTTON’S VIREOS, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, HERMIT THRUSH, and YELLOW-EYED JUNCO.

Summerhaven, Mt Lemmon:

The feeders outside the realty office were being visited by MAGNIFICENT and BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRDS, PYGMY NUTHATCH, SPOTTED TOWHEE, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and PINE SISKIN.

Black-headed Grosbeak [4]

Sweetwater Wetlands:

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was a nice find.

Olive-sided Flycatcher [5]

It was good to see the return of at least three TROPICAL KINGBIRDS.

Tropical Kingbird [6]

Tropical Kingbird [7]

Tropical Kingbird [8]

Also at Sweetwater, AMERICAN WIGEON, CINNAMON TEAL, LESSER SCAUP, PIED-BILLED GREBE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, BELL’S VIREO, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW and WILSON’S WARBLERS, ABERT’S TOWHEE, LARK and SONG SPARROWS, and LAZULI BUNTING.

Abert's Towhee [9]

American Wigeon [10]

Cinnamon Teal [11]

Cooper's Hawk [12]

Lesser Scaup [13]

Red-winged Blackbird [14]

Song Sparrow [15]

Pond Slider [16]

Zebra-tailed Lizard [17]

Zebra-tailed Lizard [18]