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

Rio Rico, Patagonia, Miller Canyon, Ash Canyon

Great day of birding on Friday April 26th with my friends Pam and Allen Pocock from my hometown of Leicester in England…

Rio Rico:
About 30 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, a WHITE-FACED IBIS and a couple of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS in the flooded fields along Rio Rico Drive
GREAT EGRET, GREEN HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER at Rio Rico Pond

Paton’s:
Spectacular birding – thanks Larry!
ZONE-TAILED and GRAY HAWKS
COMMON GROUND-DOVE
At least two VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS coming in to the ‘fence feeder’
Female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD feeding on penstemons
MYRTLE (YELLOW-RUMPED) WARBLER
Two singing WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS
Stunning male INDIGO BUNTING
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, CEDAR WAXWINGS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, LAZULI BUNTING, HOODED, BULLOCK’S and SCOTT’S ORIOLES

Beatty’s Guest Ranch:
Hummingbirds galore – thanks Tom!
My FOS OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER

Miller Canyon:
SPOTTED OWL in the previously described pine tree
VIRGINIA’S WARBLER in a small flock just below the owl spot
We didn’t go higher to look for rarities

Ash Canyon B&B:
Amazing as always – thanks Mary Jo!
Male LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD briefly at dusk, nailed by a BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD so unfortunately didn’t hang around for more than half a second
Male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK got nailed in an all together more fatal way by an immature COOPER’S HAWK. Ouch!
WILD TURKEY, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, SUMMER TANAGER, LAZULI BUNTING, BULLOCK’S and SCOTT’S ORIOLES and much more

106 species in all.