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April 14th, 2016
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Tubac, Peña Blanca Canyon, Madera Canyon, Florida Canyon

A very pleasant day of birding at some of the hottest sites in SE Arizona, with 72 species.

Tubac:

A morning walk along the Anza Trail, around the bridge and in Ron Morriss Park produced excellent views of GRAY HAWK, plus ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, VERMILION FLYCATCHER, CASSIN’S KINGBIRD, PLUMBEOUS VIREO, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and BARN SWALLOWS, LUCY’S and YELLOW WARBLERS, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, and SUMMER TANAGER.

Gray Hawk

Gray Hawk

Green-tailed Towhee

'Mexican' Mallard

Northern Cardinal

Summer Tanager

Anza Trail, Tubac

Peña Blanca Canyon:

Our main target was ELEGANT TROGON and we managed to find a couple of males and a female.

Elegant Trogon

Even though we didn’t arrive until late afternoon, there was still some good bird activity, including BLACK VULTURE, GRAY and ZONE-TAILED HAWKS (the latter with a nest), GREATER ROADRUNNER, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, HAMMOND’S, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BUSHTIT, ROCK and CANYON WRENS, AMERICAN ROBIN, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, PAINTED REDSTART, RUFOUS-CROWNED and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROWS, and ‘GRAY-HEADED’ form DARK-EYED JUNCO.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Canyon Wren

Canyon Wren

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Zone-tailed Hawk

Continental:

The fruit on the mulberry trees by the railroad crossing are ripening, and starting to attract birds. There was a huge flock of PINE SISKINS, and a bunch of PHAINOPEPLAS, as well as several WESTERN KINGBIRDS, my first of the year.

Phainopepla

Western Kingbird

Madera Canyon:

The feeders at Santa Rita Lodge and Madera Kubo Lodge still had birds coming in, despite the mid-afternoon timing, including WILD TURKEY, MAGNIFICENT, BLACK-CHINNED, BROAD-TAILED and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, HEPATIC TANAGER, and SCOTT’S ORIOLE.

Hepatic Tanager

Magnificent Hummingbird

Magnificent Hummingbird

Wild Turkey

Yellow-eyed Junco

It was fun to watch a PAINTED REDSTART repeatedly feeding from a hummingbird feeder at Madera Kubo.

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

As we drove back out of the canyon, we had great views of a GRAY HAWK at the side of the road.

Gray Hawk

Florida Canyon:

We ended a fine day by spending a few minutes around the parking area, finding GRAY HAWK, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, and BELL’S VIREO.

Broad-billed Hummingbird

I quickly checked on the Black-capped Gnatcatcher nest that had been built right next to the trail. As I speculated a few days ago, the nest has been abandoned and has started to be picked apart, possibly by the gnatcatchers themselves, recycling the material as they build their new nest.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher nest

 

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