A really great day of birding in Pima and Santa Cruz counties, hitting the 100 species mark.
Excellent all-round birding!
BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER near the junction of FR62A and FR481.
RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER singing above the oak grove.
Several VARIED, a stunning male INDIGO and an unseasonable female LAZULI BUNTING.
Another unlikely summer species, a few PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS remain and may be breeding.
Also, GRAY HAWK, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, WHITE-TROATED SWIFT, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, RUFOUS-WINGED and BOTTERI’S SPARROW, HEPATIC and SUMMER TANAGERS, and HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES.
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and PEREGRINE FALCON at Proctor Rd.
GREATER PEWEE and GRACE’S WARBLER at Madera Kubo Cabins.
Also in the canyon, GRAY HAWK, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PAINTED REDSTART, and SUMMER TANAGER.
Rio Rico Ponds:
A couple of pairs of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, a WHITE-FACED IBIS, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, TROPICAL KINGBIRD and ‘Mexican’ CLIFF SWALLOWS.
Blue Haven Rd, Patagonia:
BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK and SUMMER TANAGER.
Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center For Hummingbirds:
GRAY HAWK, INCA DOVE, VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD and VARIED BUNTING, among many more great birds.
A beautiful afternoon!
BURROWING OWL at one of the Prairie-Dog reintroduction sites. BOTTERI’S and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were the commonest sparrows, plus multiple SWAINSON’S HAWK, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and ‘Lilian’s’ EASTERN MEADOWLARK.