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

Madera, Florida, Montosa Canyons

A really good day in the Santa Rita Mountains, with 87 species and lots of variety, but ultimately disappointing to miss two of the big target birds.

Amado Pond:
Continuing LESSER and GREATER SCAUP, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, and four swallow species including a few BANK SWALLOWS.

Continental Mulberry Trees:
It’s that time of year again. The mulberry trees are fruiting at Continental Shop Rd, which is just before the railroad tracks as you travel between Green Valley and Madera Canyon. The trees are loaded with ripe fruit, and we saw plentiful CEDAR WAXWINGS, PHAINOPEPLA, WESTERN TANAGERS and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS. Well worth checking out in the next couple of weeks.

Western Tanager [1]

Western Tanager [2]

Madera Canyon Rd:
VAUX’S SWIFT overhead at mile 9.
BOTTERI’S SPARROW singing at mile 9.
ZONE-TAILED HAWK overhead at the 10 mile mark.

Madera Canyon [3]

Madera Canyon, Carrie Nation Trail:
Along with the other birders searching at the time, we couldn’t detect an Elegant Trogon, even by call. It was quite cool and cloudy, but it was still unlucky. The supporting cast was good, however: WILD TURKEY, WHITE-THROATED SWIFT, MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, HAMMOND’S and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, WARBLING VIREO, BROWN CREEPER, GRACE’S, TOWNSEND’S, HERMIT and RED-FACED WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTARTS, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, and HEPATIC, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS.

Hutton's Vireo [4]

Hutton's Vireo [5]

Hutton's Vireo [6]

Madera Canyon, Madera Picnic Area:
GRAY HAWKS on and around the nest, TOWNSEND’S and HERMIT WARBLERS in the surrounding oaks.

Florida Canyon:
Female BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER between the metal gate and the big water tank, near the back gate of the research station. There must be at least two pairs in the canyon right now.
We couldn’t find the Rufous-capped Warblers, but we did see NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, RUFOUS-CROWNED and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [7]

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [8]

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [9]

Montosa Canyon:
Pair of BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS feeding three young on the nest.
Six SCALED QUAIL along Mt Hopkins Rd.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [10]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [11]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [12]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [13]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [14]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [15]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [16]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [17]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [18]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [19]

Amado Pond:
Around 200 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS catching insects over the water was an awesome sight at dusk.