An excellent day of spring birding in mostly Santa Cruz County, with 84 species.
Esplendor Resort, Rio Rico:
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, HOODED ORIOLE.
Rio Rico Ponds:
WILLOW FLYCATCHER in mesquites between Rio Rico Drive and the small pond (which is on the south side of Rio Rico Drive, just east of the Santa Cruz River).
Also, between the two ponds and the fields (which are now barley) we found 31 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, a WHITE-FACED IBIS, five BLACK VULTURES, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, two WILSON’S PHALAROPES, GRAY HAWK, four returning TROPICAL KINGBIRDS, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, three BRONZED COWBIRDS, and several BULLOCK’S ORIOLES.
First-summer GRAY HAWK, SORA, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and BRONZED COWBIRD.
Patagonia Roadside Rest:
A splendid breeding-plumage HARRIS’S SPARROW at close range, mostly a foot or two off the ground, feeding on Mexican honeysuckle flowers. Found by Toby Rohmer and Claire Gallagher, it was about midway between the picnic table and the southwestern entrance.
Pair of THICK-BILLED KINGBIRDS hanging out across the rest road from the picnic table.
Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia:
My FOS BLUE GROSBEAKS, plus INCA DOVE, VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD, GRAY HAWK, LAZULI BUNTING.
Curly Horse Road, Sonoita:
A smart MacGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER in the same small, sheltered bush as three WILSON’S WARBLERS, was surprising given the habitat.
Pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES between SR 83 and Empire Ranch Headquarters.
Blue Haven Road, Patagonia:
ZONE-TAILED and GRAY HAWKS, BROWN-CRESTED and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, WARBLING VIREO.