An epic day of birding in the Sierra Vista area, with 93 species.
Ramsey Canyon Inn:
In a few minutes as we met outside the Inn, we found a very friendly WILD TURKEY, plus DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, PAINTED REDSTART, and HEPATIC TANAGER.
San Pedro House:
Nothing too unusual, but a few good sightings, including lots of GRAY HAWK activity, a ZONE-TAILED HAWK, INCA and COMMON GROUND-DOVES, RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, GRAY FLYCATCHER, and GREEN-TAILED and ABERT’S TOWHEES.
A few SWAINSON’S HAWKS are back on territory.
We visited the Lowe’s Garden Center to see their celebrity GREAT HORNED OWL.
Ash Canyon B&B:
We missed Lucifer Hummingbird in the time we were there, but there was plenty of other action to keep us happy, including great views of HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES. The male ‘Audubon’s’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are looking fantastic right now, and Ash Canyon B&B is as good a place as any to get close-up photos. As usual, it was difficult to drag ourselves away. Thanks Mary Jo!
Miller Canyon Rd:
A SCALED QUAIL popped up in some nice native habitat, on the back of Joe Woodley’s car!
A pair of GREATER ROADRUNNERS showed well nearby, and CACTUS WRENS were nesting in a cane cholla.
Beatty’s Guest Ranch, Miller Canyon:
Six hummingbird species were visiting the CAS feeders, including my FOS BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD. I took a close up to see the adapted longest primary feather, which has a notch that produces the amazing trilling noise as they fly.
When you see BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD from this angle, you can really see how it got its name.
The new bridge to the CAS is awesome! Both ROCK and CANYON WRENS were, appropriately enough, in the rocky canyon near the CAS. Thanks Tom, Tom and Edith!
Reef Townsite Campground, Carr Canyon:
A brief visit late afternoon was surprisingly productive, with ARIZONA WOODPECKER, several BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS, my FOS GRACE’S WARBLER, PAINTED REDSTART, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, and HEPATIC TANAGER.
Tony and Julie kindly allowed us to watch their wonderful ELF OWLS, which have returned for yet another year (joined by a third bird, which is causing the resident male some irritation). Tony will post when he feels they have settled down enough for public viewing. Thanks Tony and Julie!
COMMON POORWILLS were also calling in the distance to end a fantastic day.