Almost the perfect day of winter birding in Pima and Santa Cruz counties. 74 species in all.
8+ LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCHES around the Santa Cruz River and pecan groves east of S Abrego Dr.
Animated pair of RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS just above the dam.
Two ELEGANT TROGONS near the big metal gate; immature male seen well, and presumably the adult male calling nearby.
Adult GOLDEN EAGLE high over ridge, BLACK-CHINNED SPARROWS before the metal gate.
(Photo from previous visit)
No sign of yesterday’s Heermann’s Gull, as expected. A female CANVASBACK replaced three of the four BUFFLEHEADS. The grackle flock was absent, but one BRONZED COWBIRD remained.
Pair of BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS by the roadside, 100 yards beyond the large culvert.
Also, HUTTON’S VIREO and female HEPATIC TANAGER.
Anza Trail, Tubac:
The Sinaloa Wren was the only target bird to let us down, with no sight or sound in a three hour vigil. A MYRTLE WARBLER provided light relief.