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July 22nd, 2015
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Agua Caliente Park, Mt Lemmon

A good day in east Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains, with 74 species.

Agua Caliente Park, Tucson:

Birds around the park included GREATER ROADRUNNER, VERMILION, ASH-THROATED and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, BELL’S VIREO, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, ABERT’S TOWHEE, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, WESTERN TANAGER, BRONZED COWBIRD, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Bronzed Cowbird

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Western Tanager

Ornate Tree Lizard

Soldier Canyon:

The usual mix of desert and low canyon species were augmented by a GILDED FLICKER and a male VARIED BUNTING.

Incinerator Ridge Rd:

Excellent high elevation birding in patches, with BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD, HAIRY WOODPECKER, GREATER PEWEE, CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER, HUTTON’S and WARBLING VIREOS, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED and PYGMY NUTHATCHES, BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, OLIVE WARBLER, ‘AUDUBON’S’ YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, RED-FACED, and HERMIT WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, and YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, plus ABERT’S SQUIRREL and CLIFF CHIPMUNK.

Hermit Warbler

Pygmy Nuthatch

Incinerator Ridge Rd

Incinerator Ridge Rd

Summerhaven:

VIRGINIA’S WARBLERS seem to have done well in Summerhaven this year, with as many as 15 found in the willows along Marshall Creek, opposite the Cookie Cabin and Living Rainbow Gift Shop. Also around town, MAGNIFICENT and BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRDS, HAIRY WOODPECKER, a couple of very high elevation CASSIN’S KINGBIRDS, PLUMBEOUS and WARBLING VIREOS, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, PYGMY NUTHATCH, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and RED-FACED WARBLERS, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and PINE SISKIN.

American Robin

Southwestern Fence Lizard

Spring Azure

Ski Valley and above:

From Ski Valley to the top of Mt Lemmon we found ZONE-TAILED HAWK, BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD, HAIRY WOODPECKER, WARBLING VIREO, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, PYGMY NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, ‘AUDUBON’S’ YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, and RED-FACED WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, and more YELLOW-EYED JUNCOS.

Mt Lemmon

Mt Lemmon

Rose Canyon Lake:

Very quiet mid-afternoon, with just a calling OLIVE WARBLER, the usual YELLOW-EYED JUNCOS, a calling HEPATIC TANAGER, and ‘heard only’ RED CROSSBILL of any note.

 

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