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

Williamson’s Sapsucker, Sinaloa Wren, Ruddy Ground-Dove

More great birding in SE Arizona, this time in Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. 76 species.

San Rafael Valley:
Disappointing, again. Baird’s Sparrow was the only target bird that skunked us today. Sparrow and raptor numbers were generally poor. The only birds of note were a MERLIN and a flock of about 40 CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS.

San Rafael Valley [1]

Patagonia Mountains:
PAINTED REDSTART.

Paton House, Patagonia:
Stunning male WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER visiting an elm tree just beyond the backyard.
Male LAZULI BUNTING at the feeders.
Three INCA DOVES nearby, along Pennsylvania Ave.

Las Cienegas:
BREWER’S SPARROW was knocked off the list.

Las Cienegas [2]

Huachuca Canyon:
The SINALOA WREN showed itself quite well in the usual area along the creek, by the fallen sycamore.
Also, HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER, PAINTED REDSTART, and HEPATIC TANAGER.

Steve-John-John-Jim [3]

Whitewater Draw:
Pair of RUDDY GROUND-DOVES in the usual area between the permanent ponds.
Continuing GREAT EGRET, oriantha (Mountain) WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.
c.20,000 SANDHILL CRANES – mesmerizing!

Male Ruddy Ground-Dove

Female Ruddy Ground-Dove

Coffman Rd, near McNeal:
c.10 SCALED QUAIL

Whitewater Draw [4]