Birding Blog Archives

March 28th, 2014
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Florida and Madera Canyons

A very productive morning of birding in the Santa Rita Mountains, with 59 species before 11:00 a.m. […]

March 27th, 2014
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Madera Canyon

A brief visit to Madera Canyon mid-morning produced a few nice birds, which included TWO female CASSIN’S FINCHES at Santa Rita Lodge, skulking together in an oak tree. At Madera Kubo Cabins, several MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRDS, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, calling INCA DOVE, a pair of HEPATIC TANAGERS, TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, PAINTED REDSTART, a couple of YELLOW-EYED JUNCOS and more PINE SISKINS than have been around lately. Cassin's Finch […]

March 26th, 2014
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Birds of Fray Birdathon 2014

Please sponsor me, or join my team, the Birds of Fray, to support this year’s Birdathon. The annual Birdathon benefits Tucson Audubon Society’s conservation program. The Birds of Fray take flight this year on April 6th. You can sign up for the Birds of Fray team by visiting the Birdathon website. Birdathon-banner-email […]

March 23rd, 2014
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How to... Identify a Distant Male Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher is a rare bird in the USA, only found in a handful of mid-elevation canyons in southeastern Arizona, and far from regularly. I got to see a pair of them today, in Florida Canyon. I located them by first hearing the call, which is just about diagnostic. Just for a bit of fun, the less-than-ideal views and poor photos I got of today’s male gave me an idea. Here’s a scenario in which you can identify a distant, non-calling Black-capped Gnatcatcher without seeing the all-important undertail… as long as it’s a breeding-plumaged male! Black-capped Gnatcatcher […]