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April 21st, 2015
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Rufous-capped Warbler, Black-capped Gnatcatcher

A nice day of target birding from Green Valley to the Santa Rita Mountains, with 74 species and the main targets bagged in style.

Green Valley:

Good numbers of CEDAR WAXWINGS were feeding on mulberries at Continental. Along S La Canada Dr in Green Valley, we found typical desert species including HARRIS’S HAWK, INCA DOVE, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, GILDED FLICKER, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Florida Canyon:

A RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER was found in the usual area above the oak grove.

Rufous-capped Warbler

Rufous-capped Warbler

Rufous-capped Warbler

BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER proved trickier to find today, with one eventually showing itself quite a way down canyon from the parking area.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Also in the canyon, a migrant SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, summer resident GRAY HAWKS, high-soaring GOLDEN EAGLE, GREATER ROADRUNNER, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRRANULET, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, PAINTED REDSTART, HEPATIC and SUMMER TANAGERS, LAZULI BUNTING, and SCOTT’S ORIOLE.

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Santa Rita Mountains from the road to Florida Canyon

Madera Canyon Rd:

BOTTERI’S SPARROWS were fairly easy to detect at mile marker 9.

Botteri's Sparrow

Botteri's Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrows

Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon:

A CASSIN’S FINCH continues, along with WILD TURKEY, MAGNIFICENT and BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRDS, RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, and PAINTED REDSTART.

Female Cassin's Finch (right)

Broad-billed Hummingbird

This Acorn Woodpecker looked like it had either survived an attack from a hawk, or had a bad case of feather mites.

Acorn Woodpecker

 

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