An almost perfect day of target birding, although our luck finally ran out late afternoon. There were several major highlights among 78 species.
One of my most productive mornings in the canyon ever! The pair of BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continues between the parking area and the concrete creek crossing. The female was on the nest when we headed up canyon, and the male was doing his part when we came back down.
A RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER was singing just above the oak grove, 0.75 miles up canyon from the parking area.
A female ELEGANT TROGON accompanied us up canyon, from just above the dam to the east bend, calling excitedly the whole way. She eventually doubled back towards the dam.
The continuing GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was about 200 yards above the dam.
A male MONTEZUMA QUAIL was flushed from the trail between the east bend and the oak grove. Also, close views of a pair of GRAY HAWKS, a pair of GOLDEN EAGLES high over the ridge, a couple of GREATER ROADRUNNERS, COSTA’S, BLACK-CHINNED, BROAD-TAILED, RUFOUS, and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, a bucket load of HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHERS, CASSIN’S VIREO, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, CEDAR WAXWING, and HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES. And it was good to meet Caleb Strand, a young birder with a big future.
Ash Canyon B&B:
A brilliant male LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD stole the show, but was ably assisted by a delightful little female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD feeding at salvia flowers, and several MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRDS for an eight hummingbird day. There was also WILD TURKEY, GRAY HAWK, a ‘Myrtle’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (April is a great month to look for these), and HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES at Mary Jo’s birding paradise. www.ashcanyon.com
We struck out on the Sinaloa Wren, despite giving a good go for a couple of hours, but we did find GRAY HAWK, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and WILSON’S WARBLERS, HEPATIC TANAGER, and LAZULI BUNTING in the same area.