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

Tubac Hawk Watch

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┬áheading north. We also watched as TURKEY and BLACK VULTURES, SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER’S HAWKS, and a PEREGRINE FALCON passed overhead.

Birders at the Tubac hawk watch [1]

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.

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher [2]

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher [3]

Rock Corral Canyon [4]