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April 27th, 2017
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Rock Corral Canyon

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Despite more strong winds, it was a very pleasant morning exploring the excellent Rock Corral Canyon near Tubac.

Camino Josefina x Pendleton Drive, Rio Rico:

While waiting for my clients I noted a couple of GRAY HAWKS calling from the cottonwoods along the river, plus BELL’S VIREO, LUCY’S WARBLER, and RUFOUS-WINGED and BLOACK-THROATED SPARROWS.

Rock Corral Cayon:

We spent six hours exploring the canyon, finding 46 species despite a stiff breeze keeping the small birds mostly hunkered down. We didn’t find Five-striped Sparrow today, but we didn’t go off trail to look. I’m sure they’re still there somewhere.

Our highlights included a pair of MONTEZUMA QUAIL which we saw as they sneaked off through the long grass, plus GRAY HAWK, GREATER ROADRUNNER, BLACK-CHINNED, COSTA’S and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULETS, HAMMOND’S, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BELL’S and WARBLING VIREOS, CANYON, BEWICK’S and CACTUS WRENS, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, LUCY’S, TOWNSEND’S, and WILSON’S WARBLERS, CANYON and GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES, RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, PYRRHULOXIA, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Canyon Wren

Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

We also enjoyed some of the other interesting wildlife the canyon has to offer.

Flame Skimmer

Giant Swallowtail

Marine Blue

Whirlygig beetle

The grassy ridge on the way in/out of the canyon was alive with RUFOUS-WINGED, LARK and BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS.

Black-throated Sparrow

 

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