A fine morning of birding around Tubac, taking in the Anza Trail, the famous hawk watch, and Rock Corral Canyon.
Anza Trail, Tubac:
Before the hawk watch got into full swing, we took a stroll along the Anza Trail, finding plenty of BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, GRAY FLYCATCHER, ABERT’S TOWHEE, LARK and LINCOLN’S SPARROWS, a ‘MOUNTAIN’ subspecies WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN.
Ron Morriss Park, Tubac:
The main attraction for Tubac hawk watchers is COMMON BLACK HAWK, and it didn’t take long to see a couple heading north. We also watched as TURKEY and BLACK VULTURES, SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER’S HAWKS, and a PEREGRINE FALCON passed overhead.
Also seen from the park were ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, VERMILION FLYCATCHER, and VESPER SPARROW.
Rock Corral Canyon:
We only made a brief visit to this lovely little canyon, concentrating on the area around the corral and unofficial campsite, finding GREATER ROADRUNNER, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW.