Another great day of birding in Santa Cruz and Pima counties, with 60 species in total.
Pena Blanca Lake:
The RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER was seen briefly twice, but it was extremely busy and never gave us good views. This was in the cove midway along the western side of the lake, accessed by the trail heading north from the parking area/boat ramp at the end of the road.
Also at the lake, COMMON GALLINULE, GREATER ROADRUNNER, ROCK, CANYON, MARSH and BEWICK’S WRENS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and good views of RUFOUS-CROWNED and LINCOLN’S SPARROWS.
The PACIFIC LOON continues, along with some BRONZED COWBIRDS.
Typical desert species were checked off the list, such as GILDED FLICKER, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW.
The feeders at Santa Rita Lodge was the perfect place to eat a late lunch while watching the birds around the feeders, which included WILD TURKEY, MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, and ARIZONA WOODPECKER, among others.
We arrived a bit late and didn’t have long, missing out on trogons and gnatcatchers. A showy GRAY FLYCATCHER was nice compensation.