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

Mt. Lemmon Night and Day

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 [1]

Red-faced Warbler [2]

Red-faced Warbler [3]

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 [4]

Painted Redstart [5]

Painted Redstart [6]

Painted Redstart [7]

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 [8]

Cassin's Finch [9]

Cassin's Finch [10]

Cassin's Finch [11]

Black-headed Grosbeak [12]

Pygmy Nuthatch [13]

Cliff Chipmunk [14]

Cliff Chipmunk [15]

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 [16]

Western Bluebird [17]

Yellow-eyed Junco [18]

Yellow-eyed Junco [19]

Mt Lemmon [20]

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 [21]

Buff-breasted Flycatcher [22]

Buff-breasted Flycatcher [23]

Grace's Warbler [24]

Mt Lemmon [25]

Seven Cataracts Vista:

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK sailed overhead.

Mt Lemmon [26]

Mt Lemmon [27]

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 [28]