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June 2nd, 2016
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Green Valley, Madera Canyon

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A fabulous day birding from Green Valley to the Carrie Nation Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains. I love Madera Canyon!

Madera Canyon

Green Valley:

The first bird we saw as the sun came up was a GILDED FLICKER. Nice!

Gilded Flicker

Gilded Flicker

We also found typical desert species, including GAMBEL’S QUAIL, INCA DOVE, CACTUS WREN, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, CURVE-BILLED THRASHER, PHAINOPEPLA, LUCY’S WARBLER, and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW.

Gambel's Quail

Gambel's Quail

Madera Canyon Rd:

At mile post 9 we found BOTTERI’S and BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS, GREATER ROADRUNNER, and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER.

Botteri's Sparrow

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Carrie Nation Trail, Madera Canyon:

We spent much of the day on the trail and hiked all the way to the Carrie Nation Mine, about 1.5 miles up canyon. It’s fairly easy up to the mile mark, but gets steeper the closer you get to the mine.

Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon

An Aztec Thrush had been seen near the mine in the previous couple of days, but we didn’t see it on our brief stop (and it wasn’t seen subsequently). We did find a splendid male ELEGANT TROGON nearby.

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

It was a really nice hike with lots of birds, including MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, GREATER PEWEE, CORDILLERAN and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, PLUMBEOUS, HUTTON’S, and WARBLING VIREOS, BUSHTIT, BROWN CREEPER, ‘BROWN-THROATED’ HOUSE WREN, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, SPOTTED TOWHEE, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, HEPATIC and WESTERN TANAGERS, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

Arizona Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker

Cooper's Hawk

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Hepatic Tanager

We watched a female PLUMBEOUS VIREO on a nest right next to the trail. I wouldn’t have noticed the nest had the male vireo not made an incredibly loud alarm call note from a few feet away, directly in my left ear! After turning to see the male, I turned again and realized the female was sitting tight on a beautiful nest, a couple of feet from my right ear.

Plumbeous Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo

Warblers are always a highlight and today we had great views of GRACE’S, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, and RED-FACED WARBLERS, plus PAINTED REDSTART.

Grace's Warbler

Grace's Warbler

Grace's Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

Painted Redstart

Another staple of summer days in Madera Canyon is the engaging and often colorful YARROW’S SPINY LIZARDS.

Yarrow's Spiny Lizard

Yarrow's Spiny Lizard

Yarrow's Spiny Lizard

Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon:

A quick look at the feeders produced WILD TURKEY, MAGNIFICENT, BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA’S, and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, BLACK-HEADED and BLUE GROSBEAKS, and a late PINE SISKIN. Thanks to Steve and everyone at the lodge for your stellar bird feeding efforts!

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Sonoran Spotted Whiptail

Proctor Road, Madera Canyon:

We heard a VARIED BUNTING singing to end an excellent day.

 

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