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

Peña Blanca Canyon & Lake

Another fabulous birding and photography experience at Peña Blanca Canyon and Lake, with 70 species.

Peña Blanca Canyon:

Once more, the ELEGANT TROGON show was excellent, with a minimum of four males and two females found in the first half mile beyond the parking spot.

Elegant Trogon [1]

Elegant Trogon [2]

Elegant Trogon [3]

Elegant Trogon [4]

Elegant Trogon [5]

Elegant Trogon [6]

Also in the canyon, calling MONTEZUMA QUAIL, GRAY HAWK, nesting ZONE-TAILED HAWK, GREATER ROADRUNNER, BLACK-CHINNED, BROAD-TAILED, RUFOUS and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, HAMMOND’S, VERMILION, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, HUTTON’S VIREO, BUSHTIT, LUCY’S, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and WILSON’S WARBLERS, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, HEPATIC TANAGER, LAZULI BUNTING, and HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird [7]

Broad-tailed Hummingbird [8]

Dusky-capped Flycatcher [9]

Hammond's Flycatcher [10]

Hepatic Tanager [11]

Hepatic Tanager [12]

Zone-tailed Hawk [13]

Peña Blanca Lake:

We birded the two coves at the southern end of the lake in the late afternoon. A SWAMP SPARROW was feeding on the shoreline with a LINCOLN’S SPARROW for a good comparison.

Swamp Sparrow [14]

Swamp Sparrow [15]

Lincoln's Sparrow [16]

There were dozens of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, including an eastern form ‘MYRTLE’ WARBLER.

'Myrtle' Yellow-rumped Warbler [17]

The birding at the lake was good, despite the late hour, and we found NORTHERN HARRIER, GRAY HAWK, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, VERMILION, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BELL’S VIREO, VIOLET-GREEN, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and BARN SWALLOWS, ORANGE-CROWNED, LUCY’S, TOWNSEND’S and WILSON’S WARBLERS, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGER (the latter being my first of the year), and a showy male HOODED ORIOLE.

Ash-throated Flycatcher [18]

Ash-throated Flycatcher [19]

Bell's Vireo [20]

Costa's Hummingbird [21]

Costa's Hummingbird [22]

Gray Hawk [23]

Gray Hawk [24]

Gray Hawk [25]

Hooded Oriole [26]

Hooded Oriole [27]

Northern Harrier [28]

Northern Harrier [29]

Zone-tailed Hawk [30]

Peña Blanca Lake [31]

Rio Rico:

A couple of JAVELINA crossed the road and a LESSER NIGHTHAWK flew over the truck stop at dusk, my first of the year. I saw several more on my way home.