Great birding along the Ruby Rd/Arivaca Rd loop, then up to Tucson. 89 species.
Male ELEGANT TROGON about half a mile down canyon.
Also, GRAY HAWK, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, PAINTED REDSTART, RUFOUS-WINGED and LINCOLN’S SPARROWS, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, and LAZULI and VARIED BUNTINGS.
GRAY HAWK, ‘Azure’ EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, and singing BOTTERI’S SPARROW between Sycamore Canyon and California Gulch.
I was extremely excited to notice a BROWN VINESNAKE adopting a cryptic pose in the road. It remained while I took a few photos, but a car came so I shooed it off the road to safety. This exceptionally cool snake is primarily a tropical species and can only be found in the USA in the Atascosa and Patagonia Mountains. I’ve seen one before in Sycamore Canyon, but not up close and personal like this memorable encounter.
Non-breeding-plumaged male BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER at the 4th creek crossing, with a BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER.
FIVE-STRIPED SPARROWS appear to be in full-on winter mode, and proved very hard to find. It took three and a half hours to finally get a visual, but we did eventually see two pairs and hear another three or more.
Also, GRAY HAWK, PACIFIC-SLOPE and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, VARIED BUNTING, and BULLOCK’S ORIOLE.
No Thick-billed Kingbirds today, but we did find YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, and SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS.
Four BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, RING-NECKED DUCK, and NEOTROPIC CORMORANT.
GILDED FLICKER at the south end of S La Canada Drive.
Mile Wide Rd Recharge Ponds (west of Tucson):
A juvenile GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was a nice surprise. A BENDIRE’S THRASHER showed well on the fences, and a HARRIS’S HAWK nearby.