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

Montezuma Quail, Rufous-capped Warbler, Five-striped Sparrow

Yet another great day in the Atascosa Mountains and Pajarito Wilderness, with 85 species and lots of highlights.

Ruby Rd:

A mysterious perched shape soon after dawn drew our attention. It turned out to be a roosting juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON, which presumably signifies success for the nearby nest in Peña Blanca Canyon.

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon [1]

A pair of MONTEZUMA QUAIL crossed the road near Sycamore Canyon.

Montezuma Quail [2]

Montezuma Quail [3]

We also encountered GRAY HAWK, GREATER ROADRUNNER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BOTTERI’S and LARK SPARROWS, and HOODED ORIOLE, as well as a GRAY FOX and an EASTERN PATCH-NOSED SNAKE.

Peña Blanca Lake:

A brief visit produced ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, GREEN HERON, a few BANK SWALLOWS, ORANGE-CROWNED, LUCY’S, NASHVILLE, YELLOW, and WILSON’S WARBLERS, BLUE GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING, and HOODED ORIOLE, but not the reported Green Kingfisher.

Lucy's Warbler [4]

Orb spider sp. [5]

Peña Blanca Canyon:

We heard a RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER singing, and ELEGANT TROGON calling, but couldn’t get a visual of either.

We did have better luck with GRAY HAWK, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, an adult PEREGRINE FALCON overhead, DUSKY, PACIFIC-SLOPE, and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, an early migrant CASSIN’S, resident HUTTON’S and migrant WARBLING VIREOS, NASHVILLE and WILSON’S WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS, and VARIED and LAZULI BUNTINGS.

Pacific-slope Flycatcher [6]

Juvenile Rock Wren [7]

To our delight, an entirely tail-less NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET followed us the whole time we were in the canyon.

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [8]

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [9]

The many butterflies in the canyon still include the nationally rare ELF.

Elf [10]

Arizona Sister [11]

Gulf Fritillary [12]

Gulf Fritillary [13]

Pearl Crescent [14]

Desert Grassland Whiptail [15]

Peña Blanca Canyon [16]

California Gulch / Warsaw Canyon:

We were able to locate both juvenile and adult FIVE-STRIPED SPARROWS without too much trouble.

Juvenile Five-striped Sparrow [17]

Five-striped Sparrow [18]

Five-striped Sparrow [19]

The tail-molting BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continue.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [20]

Also here, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, GRAY and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BELL’S VIREO, ‘DESERT’ PURPLE MARTIN, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, MacGILLIVRAY’S and WILSON’S WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, LARK BUNTING, BLUE GROSBEAK, and VARIED BUNTING.

Undisclosed Site:

The regular BARN OWL continues.