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August 31st, 2014
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Santa Rita Mountains and Santa Cruz Valley

More great birding in mostly Santa Cruz County, with 80 species.

Continental:
A few PURPLE MARTINS on the wires, plus COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, LUCY’S WARBLER, and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW in the desert.

Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon:
A PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT continues at the deck feeder, coming in every 30 minutes or so. Also, good numbers of all the other usual hummingbirds, and lots more fun stuff at the other feeders. Thanks to Steve and everyone at Santa Rita Lodge for their great hospitality.

It was really interesting to watch a yellow praying mantis balance on the top of one of the hummingbird feeders. Rather amazingly, in recent years a few people have caught praying mantis on camera catching and killing hummingbirds at feeders. The hummingbirds had found the mantis, and didn’t like it, and the insect was waving its legs at the hummingbirds. We watched for quite a while but couldn’t stay to see what happened.

Praying Mantis and Broad-billed Hummingbird

Proctor Road, Madera Canyon:
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, WILSON’S and MacGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and SUMMER TANAGER.

MacGillivray's Warbler

MacGillivray's Warbler

Always a great quiz photo… a juvenile BLACK-THROATED SPARROW.

Black-throated Sparrow

Florida Canyon:
A BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was vocal near the parking lot.
Also, a pair of NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULETS, NASHVILLE WARBLER, VARIED BUNTING, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Elegant Earless Lizard

Amado Pond:
Eight BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, a few ‘Mexican’ MALLARDS, the continuing RING-NECKED DUCK, and several TROPICAL KINGBIRDS.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Tubac:
A few BLACK VULTURES and a ZONE-TAILED HAWK drifted overhead.

Rio Rico Pond:
A dozen BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, ‘Mexican’ MALLARDS, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, GRAY and SWAINSON’S HAWKS, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, and a few TROPICAL KINGBIRDS.

Kino Springs:
GRAY HAWK, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, and more TROPICAL KINGBIRDS.

 

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