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

Green Valley, Madera Canyon, Florida Canyon

A very pleasant day of birding in the Santa Rita Mountains and while it seemed to be quiet at times, we still racked up an impressive 75 species.

Green Valley:

There are only a few pairs of GILDED FLICKERS in the Green Valley area and they can often be hard to find, but today it was the first bird we saw, perched atop a juniper tree just as the sun came up.

Gilded Flicker [1]

A flock of WHITE-FACED IBIS migrated north along the Santa Cruz Valley. Species more typical of this habitat included ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, PHAINOPEPLA, LUCY’S WARBLER, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, and PYRRHULOXIA.

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher [2]

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher [3]

Gila Woodpecker [4]

Gila Woodpecker [5]

House Finch [6]

Rufous-winged Sparrow [7]

Continental:

The fruiting mulberry trees are becoming popular, attracting CASSIN’S KINGBIRD, PHAINOPEPLA, WESTERN TANAGER, and a whole load of PINE SISKINS.

Cassin's Kingbird [8]

Pine Siskins [9]

Western Tanager [10]

Carrie Nation Trail, Madera Canyon:

We didn’t see or even hear an ELEGANT TROGON until late morning, but eventually a male began calling up canyon, and we had several views as he worked his way down canyon, right past us, then turned and headed up again. At this time of year the males are searching for mates and establishing territories, so this behavior is typical.

Elegant Trogon [11]

Elegant Trogon [12]

Elegant Trogon [13]

I saw my first GRACE’S WARBLER of the year, which is always a treat.

Grace's Warbler [14]

Grace's Warbler [15]

Grace's Warbler [16]

Grace's Warbler [17]

We had to work hard for birds, but we did find ARIZONA WOODPECKER, HAMMOND’S and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, HUTTON’S VIREO, BUSHTIT, ‘BROWN(ish)-THROATED’ HOUSE WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, PAINTED REDSTART, SPOTTED TOWHEE, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, and calling HEPATIC TANAGER.

Acorn Woodpecker [18]

Arizona Woodpecker [19]

Arizona Woodpecker [20]

Black-throated Gray Warbler [21]

Dusky-capped Flycatcher [22]

Hammond's Flycatcher [23]

Yellow-eyed Junco [24]

Two-tailed Swallowtail [25]

Madera Canyon [26]

Madera Canyon [27]

Madera Canyon [28]

Madera Canyon [29]

Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon:

At lunchtime the feeders attracted WILD TURKEY, MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

White-winged Dove [30]

Wild Turkey [31]

Wild Turkey [32]

Florida Canyon:

We heard a BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER calling on our way up canyon, but decided to press on, which proved to be a mistake as we couldn’t find it on our way back down. The nest I found a while ago that was abandoned by the gnatcatchers has now been picked almost completely apart. I’m sure┬áthat it’s the gnatcatchers own doing, recycling nesting material for their new nest, which is presumably in a more sensible spot away from the trail.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher nest [33]

We didn’t locate any Rufous-capped Warblers today, although we didn’t arrive at the usual spot until mid-afternoon. A pair of MONTEZUMA QUAIL was flushed from the trail, and a few more were heard calling. We also encountered NORTHERN HARRIER, COSTA’S, BROAD-TAILED, RUFOUS and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BELL’S VIREO, SUMMER TANAGER, SCOTT’S ORIOLE, and a nice SONORAN WHIPSNAKE which froze and allowed us close views, albeit through the undergrowth.

Ash-throated Flycatcher [34]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [35]

Coopoer's Hawk [36]

Lesser Goldfinch [37]

Lesser Goldfinch [38]

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [39]

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet [40]

Rufous Hummingbird [41]

Sonoran Whipsnake [42]

Sonoran Whipsnake [43]

Florida Canyon [44]

Florida Canyon [45]

Florida Canyon [46]

Florida Canyon [47]

Florida Canyon [48]

Florida Canyon [49]

Florida Canyon [50]