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

Aliso Spring, Paton Center, Patagonia Roadside Rest, Patagonia Lake

Despite the ferocious heat, we managed to find our main target bird and had a very productive day, with 87 species in total.

Gardner Canyon Rd:

Along the road we found GREATER ROADRUNNER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CANYON TOWHEE, BOTTERI’S SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, and ‘LILIAN’S’ EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

Aliso Spring:

The PINE FLYCATCHER continues, despite a large group of campers and birders.

Pine Flycatcher [1]

Pine Flycatcher [2]

Pine Flycatcher [3]

Pine Flycatcher [4]

Pine Flycatcher [5]

Pine Flycatcher [6]

Pine Flycatcher [7]

Pine Flycatcher [8]

Also in the area, a couple of female BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS on nests, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, DUSKY-CAPPED and SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, HUTTON’S VIREO, ‘BROWN-THROATED’ HOUSE WREN, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, PAINTED REDSTART, SPOTTED TOWHEE, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

Black-chinned Hummingbird [9]

Dusky-capped Flycatcher [10]

As we left, we saw a pair of MONTEZUMA QUAIL and heard another calling nearby.

Gardner Canyon:

We continued to the end of the road and birded up canyon for a while, finding GRAY HAWK nest, two YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, DUSKY-CAPPED and SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, HUTTON’S VIREO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, PAINTED REDSTART, HEPATIC TANAGER, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and SCOTT’S ORIOLE.

White-tailed Deer [11]

Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center, Patagonia:

A couple of VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS were coming in, using at least three different feeders: feeder D, feeder 8, and the feeder near the new pond.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird [12]

Violet-crowned Hummingbird [13]

It was good to see another YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. Sadly, the western subspecies is now on the endangered list, with SE Arizona being the last stronghold for this splendid bird.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo [14]

The center was very birdy, despite the high temperatures. Highlights included GRAY HAWK, BLACK-CHINNED and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD, INCA DOVE, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, DUSKY-CAPPED and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, ABERT’S TOWHEE, SONG SPARROW, and BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS.

Gambel's Quail [15]

Inca Dove [16]

Summer Tanager [17]

Blue Haven Rd:

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK was present in the usual area, and we even managed to find the nest, which requires viewing from exactly the right angle.

Zone-tailed Hawk on nest [18]

Several pairs of GREAT BLUE HERONS are also on nests, and we also saw LARK SPARROW, and BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS.

Patagonia Roadside Rest:

All was silent mid-afternoon, but after a while we heard a THICK-BILLED KINGBIRD which called as it flew from the nest tree and crossed the road. We went to investigate and found it feeding on Mexican Elderberries.

Thick-billed Kingbird [19]

Thick-billed Kingbird [20]

Patagonia Lake:

I was surprised to see as many birds as we did, given the heat. The highlights were ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, PIED-BILLED GREBE, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, SNOWY EGRET, GREEN HERON, BLACK VULTURE, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, absolutely loads of LUCY’S WARBLERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RUFOUS-WINGED and BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS, SUMMER TANAGER, and BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS.

Summer Tanager [21]

Vermilion Flycatcher [22]

Queen [23]

Queen [24]

Velvet Ant [25]

Elegant Earless Lizard [26]

Elegant Earless Lizard [27]

Woodhouse's Toad [28]

Woodhouse's Toad [29]

Nogales:

A colony of ‘MEXICAN’ CLIFF SWALLOWS has sprung up around the Candelwood Suites hotel and nearby buildings, and the first juveniles have just left the nest.

'Mexican' Cliff Swallow [30]

'Mexican' Cliff Swallow [31]

'Mexican' Cliff Swallow [32]