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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.

Florida Canyon:
Birding the 0.6 miles down canyon from the parking lot was again very good this morning. Highlights were:
Female BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER near the intersection of the last dirt road as you drive in.
NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET by the concrete creek crossing near the parking lot.
Pair of vocal GRAY HAWKS.
Single CASSIN’S and WARBLING VIREOS.
BLACK-CHINNED, RUFOUS, BROAD-TAILED, BROAD-BILLED and still lots of COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRDS.
Also in the area, GREATER ROADRUNNER, GRAY and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, plenty of BELL’S VIREOS, a BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, three TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRES, several ORANGE-CROWNED and LUCY’S WARBLERS, a stack of BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS.

Madera Picnic Area, Madera Canyon:
Pair of GRAY HAWKS in the oaks across the road from last year’s nest tree (a huge sycamore, which this morning hosted half a ton of PINE SISKINS).

Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon:
BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA’S, RUFOUS and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, OREGON and PINK-SIDED JUNCOS.
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Madera Kubo Cabins, Madera Canyon:
Both male and female ARIZONA WOODPECKERS coming in to feed on suet.
MAGNIFICENT, BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA’S, BROAD-TAILED and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS.
A pair of PAINTED REDSTARTS building a nest in the gulch across the road from the gift shop.
Also, a couple of very tame RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS on Cora’s patio, OREGON JUNCO, and a pair of HEPATIC TANAGERS.
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No photos today – I forgot to take my camera!

 

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