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A lovely day in the Pajarito Wilderness with some of my favorite clients and some of my favorite birds.
Driving in from the Arivaca direction, we encountered SWAINSON’S HAWK, GREATER ROADRUNNER, and LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, as well as both BLACK-TAILED and ANTELOPE JACKRABBITS.
Close to the Warsaw Canyon turnoff we paused to look at a HOODED ORIOLE, and it proved to be a very productive spot. Over the next ten minutes we found BLACK-CHINNED, COSTA’S, and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, and DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS.
Oro Blanco Mine:
I was delighted to see a CRISSAL THRASHER fly across the road, and after a while we eventually tracked down a pair of these elusive thrashers.
A pair of COMMON GROUND-DOVES was in the same area.
Confluence of California Gulch & Warsaw Canyon:
A pair of BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS were fairly easy to find in the usual hackberry and acacia thicket.
We couldn’t find a Five-striped Sparrow in the heat of the day, but did see BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, and VARIED BUNTING.
Ruby Lakes (aka California Gulch Dam):
We lingered here for a while as it was very pleasant and birdy. Sightings included ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, PIED-BILLED GREBE, GRAY HAWK, WHITE-THROATED SWIFT, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, YELLOW WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK, VARIED BUNTING, and BRONZED COWBIRD.
A smart male INDIGO BUNTING came in to drink, my first of the year. We also found GREAT BLUE & GREEN HERONS, BLACK VULTURE, TROPICAL KINGBIRD, BLUE GROSBEAK, and VARIED BUNTING. BOTTERI’S SPARROWS were singing along the entrance road.
A LESSER NIGHTHAWK flew over the road as we headed home.