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

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia-Warbler-Ft-Lowell-Pk-110609-02 [1]Magnolia-Warbler-Ft-Lowell-Pk-110609-06 [2]A quick dash for a new AZ bird paid off, for once, this afternoon. I’ve looked for migrant warblers in Fort Lowell Park on several previous occasions, always coming up empty. News of a Magnolia Warbler in the usual avenue of cottonwood trees got me out of the office and, amazingly, after a fruitless half hour search I was headed back for the car when it appeared in the low branches in front of me. It was feeding very actively, so may be a fresh arrival. This made it somewhat difficult to¬†photograph, but one or two of my lame attempts were at least identifiable.

Tucson’s parks are often very productive birding hotspots. Last week I caught up with my first Red-breasted Sapsucker in McCormick Park, the same park that hosted a fabulous male Williamson’s Sapsucker [3] last winter. What next?