A nice day of target birding from Green Valley to the Santa Rita Mountains, with 74 species and the main targets bagged in style.
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.
A RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER was found in the usual area above the oak grove.
BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER proved trickier to find today, with one eventually showing itself quite a way down canyon from the parking area.
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.
Madera Canyon Rd:
BOTTERI’S SPARROWS were fairly easy to detect at mile marker 9.
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.
This Acorn Woodpecker looked like it had either survived an attack from a hawk, or had a bad case of feather mites.