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

Ruby Rd, Walker Canyon, Peña Blanca Lake & Canyon

A pleasant morning of birding and photography in the Peña Blanca area.

Ruby Rd, Calabasas Campground Overlook:

A couple of BOTTERI’S SPARROW were singing in the mesquite grassland, along with a BLACK-THROATED SPARROW.

Black-throated Sparrow [1]

Walker Canyon:

We tallied 34 species in 40 minutes, including GRAY HAWK, INCA DOVE, GREATER ROADRUNNER, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, RUFOUS-WINGED and LARK SPARROWS, a smart male WESTERN TANAGER, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Costa's Hummingbird [2]

Hooded Oriole [3]

Hooded Oriole [4]

Hooded Oriole [5]

Hooded Oriole [6]

Rufous-winged Sparrow [7]

Rufous-winged Sparrow [8]

Western Tanager [9]

Ruby Rd, east of Peña Blanca Lake:

A GRAY HAWK was at the roadside in a regular location.

Peña Blanca Canyon:

The canyon was fairly quiet, and we only heard an ELEGANT TROGON without getting a visual, but we also found BLACK VULTURE, three GRAY HAWKS, GREATER ROADRUNNER, HAMMOND’S, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, and LAZULI BUNTING.

Ash-throated Flycatcher [10]

Cassin's Kingbird [11]

Dusky-capped Flycatcher [12]

Dusky-capped Flycatcher [13]

Gray Hawk [14]

Rufous-winged Sparrow [15]

Skipper sp. [16]

White-striped Longtail [17]

Peña Blanca Lake:

An hour at the lake produced CINNAMON TEAL, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, ZONE-TAILED HAWK, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER.

Neotropic Cormorant [18]

Rock Wren [19]

Zone-tailed Hawk [20]

Ruby Rd, east of Calabasas Campground:

We saw a GRAY HAWK again in the transitional mesquite habitat. They are obviously nesting near here.

Gray Hawk [21]