- Southeast Arizona Birding Guide, Richard Fray - https://www.arizonabirder.com -

Buff-collared Nightjar, Common Poorwill, Elf Owl

Another evening session at California Gulch proved successful, with more views of Buff-collared Nightjar and a good supporting cast.

Arivaca Cienega:

A quick stop on the road as we passed by gave us good views of GRAY HAWK and a bright male LAZULI BUNTING.

Ruby Rd:

Along the way we added GREATER ROADRUNNER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, LARK SPARROW, PYRRHULOXIA, and ANTELOPE JACKRABBIT.

Loggerhead Shrike [1]

Oro Blanco Wash:

Both BOTTERI’S and CASSIN’S SPARROWS were up and singing.

Warsaw Canyon:

BLACK-THROATED and FIVE-STRIPED SPARROWS were singing along the road on the Warsaw Canyon side of the ridge, while a SUMMER TANAGER posed in the ocotillos.

Confluence of California Gulch and Warsaw Canyon:

As we waited for it to get dark, we noted VERMILION and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, RUFOUS-WINGED and several FIVE-STRIPED SPARROWS, and HOODED ORIOLE.

We heard a few clicks from a BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJAR just before 8:00, and soon after one appeared on a bare patch of ground for a brief but good view. We also had splendid looks at a pair of ELF OWLS.

California Gulch sunset [2]

California Gulch Rd:

As we left, GREAT HORNED OWL and COMMON POORWILL appeared along the road.