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

Sweetwater Wetlands, Mt Lemmon

A late morning and full afternoon around Tucson, with 76 species.

Sweetwater Wetlands:
The turnover at sites like Sweetwater is impressive at this time of year, with birds arriving and departing all the time.
An OSPREY sailed over.
Our egret tally was: 1 GREAT, 10 SNOWY and 7 CATTLE EGRETS.
Returning ducks included GADWALL, CINNAMON and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and quite a lot of NORTHERN SHOVELERS.
Our only shorebirds were KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and about 50 LEAST SANDPIPERS.
Also, 10 WHITE-FACED IBIS, WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, TROPICAL KINGBIRD, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER and five warbler species.

Egrets [1]

Mt Lemmon:
CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHERS, female OLIVE WARBLER, and a few RED CROSSBILLS at Incinerator Ridge Rd. I’ve seen crossbills from the overlook at the end of Incinerator Ridge Rd every time I’ve been there lately.
A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER along Bear Wallow Rd were a reminder of the season. Plenty of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES here, as usual.
TOWNSEND’S and HERMIT WARBLERS sprinkled here and there.
HEPATIC TANAGER and family groups of PINE SISKINS in Summerhaven.
Lots of MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES, PYGMY NUTHATCHES and YELLOW-EYED JUNCOS, as always.

Pygmy Nuthatch [2]

Red Crossbill [3]