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April 23rd, 2016
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Mt. Lemmon Night and Day

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Starting at an eye-watering 3:00 a.m., we hit Mt. Lemmon looking for night birds before transitioning to the day shift on the mountain, which proved to be rather cold and windy.

Bear Canyon:

Night birding is always tough, and we were left a little disappointed with our haul. We heard a couple of WHISKERED SCREECH-OWLS and saw an ELF OWL, with a possible Flammulated Owl calling a couple of times in the distance that never materialized. COMMON POORWILL and MEXICAN WHIP-POOR-WILL were also calling, but failed to show themselves.

Incinerator Ridge Rd:

We enjoyed views of the ever-popular GREATER PEWEE, OLIVE WARBLER, and plenty of RED-FACED WARBLERS.

Greater Pewee

Red-faced Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

Also along the road we found STELLER’S JAY, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, PYGMY NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, HOUSE WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, WESTERN BLUEBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, YELLOW-RUMPED, GRACE’S, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and HERMIT WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, SPOTTED TOWHEE, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, as well as some cool ABERT’S SQUIRRELS.

Mountain Chickadee

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

Summerhaven:

A female CASSIN’S FINCH was a nice surprise at the feeders outside the realty office, which also attracted STELLER’S JAY, PYGMY NUTHATCH, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and PINE SISKIN, along with the obligatory CLIFF CHIPMUMKS.

Cassin's Finch

Cassin's Finch

Cassin's Finch

Cassin's Finch

Black-headed Grosbeak

Pygmy Nuthatch

Cliff Chipmunk

Cliff Chipmunk

Ski Valley:

It was particularly cold and windy and the restaurant had taken its hummingbird feeders down, so we didn’t linger long. We did get good views of MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE, a superb male WESTERN BLUEBIRD, and an obliging YELLOW-EYED JUNCO.

Western Bluebird

Western Bluebird

Yellow-eyed Junco

Yellow-eyed Junco

Mt Lemmon

Rose Canyon:

Our main target here was BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER which was found with relative ease near the Lizard Rock Group Site. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and another male OLIVE WARBLER were added to the list.

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Grace's Warbler

Mt Lemmon

Seven Cataracts Vista:

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK sailed overhead.

Mt Lemmon

Mt Lemmon

Bear Canyon again:

Wrapping up the morning, we birded the same areas that proved tricky at night, this time encountering HAIRY WOODPECKER, singing GREATER PEWEE, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, PLUMBEOUS and HUTTON’S VIREOS, PYGMY NUTHATCH, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, YELLOW-RUMPED, GRACE’S, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, and YELLOW-EYED JUNCO.

Mexican Jay

 

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