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

Madera Canyon, Ramsey Canyon, Ash Canyon B&B

Another good day of target birding in the Santa Rita and Huachuca Mountains, with mixed results on the main birds.

Madera Canyon:

We arrived at the feeders at Santa Rita Lodge [1] at 5:30 to hear that the Berylline Hummingbird had been seen 15 minutes previously. We waited patiently for it, and the Plain-capped Starthroat, for two and a half hours without seeing either. We later heard that the starthroat came in five minutes after we left! Typical. We did enjoy the other hummingbirds, though.

Black-chinned Hummingbird [2]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [3]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [4]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [5]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [6]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [7]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [8]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [9]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [10]

Broad-billed Hummingbird [11]

Broad-tailed Hummingbird [12]

Magnificent Hummingbird [13]

Magnificent Hummingbird [14]

Magnificent Hummingbird [15]

Magnificent Hummingbird [16]

Magnificent Hummingbird [17]

Magnificent Hummingbird [18]

Magnificent Hummingbird [19]

While at the the lodge we did see WILD TURKEY, GRAY HAWK, MAGNIFICENT, BLACK-CHINNED, BROAD-TAILED, and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, ELEGANT TROGON, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, HEPATIC and WESTERN TANAGERS, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, BLUE GROSBEAK, LAZULI and VARIED BUNTINGS, BRONZED COWBIRD, SCOTT’S ORIOLE, and PINE SISKIN. Thanks Steve, and everyone at Santa Rita Lodge, for your gracious hospitality!

Black-headed Grosbeak [20]

Bronzed Cowbird [21]

Ramsey Canyon:

We hiked up to the TUFTED FLYCATCHER nest site and saw both the male and the female in the general area. There were only a couple of quick visits to the nest in this time. I assume they are somewhere between completing the nest and laying their first egg.

Tufted Flycatcher [22]

Tufted Flycatcher [23]

Tufted Flycatcher [24]

Tufted Flycatcher [25]

On the way back down, a pair of MONTEZUMA QUAIL crossed the trail in front of me, but, typically for this species, we couldn’t relocate them. Instead we found a much more cooperative BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER.

Buff-breasted Flycatcher [26]

Buff-breasted Flycatcher [27]

Also in the canyon, WILD TURKEY, WHITE-THROATED SWIFT, MAGNIFICENT, BROAD-TAILED, and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD, ELEGANT TROGON, HAIRY WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED, CORDILLERAN, DUSKY-CAPPED, BROWN-CRESTED, and SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, GREATER PEWEE, PLUMBEOUS and HUTTON’S VIREOS, BROWN CREEPER, ‘BROWN-THROATED’ HOUSE WREN, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, GRACE’S, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, and RED-FACED WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, HEPATIC, SUMMER, and WESTERN TANAGERS, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Hairy Woodpecker [28]

Hairy Woodpecker [29]

Olive-sided Flycatcher [30]

Yarrow's Spiny Lizard [31]

Yarrow's Spiny Lizard [32]

Yarrow's Spiny Lizard [33]

Ash Canyon B&B:

We spent a short while at this special place [34] in the heat of the afternoon and in strong winds, so we weren’t expecting to find much. We did see WILD TURKEY, MAGNIFICENT, ANNA’S, and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD, CANYON TOWHEE, LARK SPARROW, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK. Thanks Mary Jo!

Black-headed Grosbeak [35]

Black-headed Grosbeak [36]

Canyon Towhee [37]

Ladder-backed Woodpecker [38]

Ladder-backed Woodpecker [39]

Lark Sparrow [40]

Mexican Jay [41]

Mexican Jay [42]

Northern Flicker [43]