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June 1st, 2016
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Common Black Hawk, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

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Another fine day of birding in Santa Cruz County, with a really memorable moment to end the day.

Madera Canyon:

Our main target here was SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and we saw three right away at the Madera Picnic Area.

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Around Santa Rita Lodge we found MAGNIFICENT, BLACK-CHINNED, BROAD-TAILED and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, a calling ELEGANT TROGON, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, HUTTON’S VIREO, HEPATIC and WESTERN TANAGERS, BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS, and VARIED BUNTING.

Arizona Woodpecker

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Blue Grosbeak

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Hepatic Tanagers

Magnificent Hummingbird (left), Black-chinned Hummingbird (center), Broad-tailed Hummingbird (right)

Mexican Jay

Scott's Oriole

Montosa Canyon:

A female BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was found near the road.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

I heard, and then briefly saw my first YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO of the year, always a pleasing sight. Also in the canyon, GREATER ROADRUNNER, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, BELL’S VIREO, CACTUS WREN, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, and SCOTT’S ORIOLE.

Montosa Canyon

Montosa Canyon

Amado Pond:

A quick stop revealed NEOTROPIC CORMORANT and ‘MEXICAN’ CLIFF SWALLOW. A SWAINSON’S HAWK was nearby, over I-19.

Peña Blanca Lake:

We’d hoped to get lucky and see a COMMON BLACK HAWK without hiking far from the parking lot. Maybe one would be hunting around the lake? To our delight, an adult hawk flew up from the shoreline moments after we left the parking lot. We watched it as it flew across the lake several times, perching on prominent rocks and trees by the lake.

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

We were just about to leave when the hawk flew again, and headed in our direction. We watched in awe as it circled around, casually drifted down to the water, and plucked a large fish from the surface. It was an incredible thing to witness! What a great way to end the day.

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Peña Blanca Lake

Peña Blanca Lake

Peña Blanca Lake

Peña Blanca Lake

 

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