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April 14th, 2015
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Atascosa Highlands, Patagonia

Another beautiful day in Santa Cruz County, visiting the Atascosa Highlands, Patagonia and Tubac, with 88 species in total. Here’s that view again…

Atascosa Highlands

Ruby Rd, Rio Rico:
An odd start, a GREAT HORNED OWL was perched on top of a mesquite by the roadside.

Pena Blanca Lake:
Good all round birding in the cove on the west side of the lake, north of the main parking lot/boat ramp, including ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD, a few NEOTROPIC and one DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GREEN HERON, an OSPREY carrying a large stick (presumably ‘practicing’ rather than actively nesting), pairs of GRAY and ZONE-TAILED HAWKS, COMMON GALLINULE, a skittish SOLITARY SANDPIPER, BELTED KINGFISHER, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, a ‘MYRTLE’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and my FOS BLUE GROSBEAK.

Greater Roadrunner

Mexican Duck (Mexican Mallard)

Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler

Double-crested (left) and Neotropic Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Zone-tailed Hawk

Pena Blanca Canyon:
We couldn’t rustle up a trogon, so had to be satisfied with calling MONTEZUMA QUAIL, BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, and HEPATIC TANAGER.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Sycamore Canyon:
We finally found an ELEGANT TROGON, a female, about a half mile down canyon. Also, calling MONTEZUMA QUAIL, GRAY HAWK, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, my FOS WARBLING VIREO, BUSHTIT, PAINTED REDSTART, and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW. We also found six reptile species, including a lovely BLACK-NECKED GARTERSNAKE and a colorful SONORAN WHIPSNAKE.

Black-necked Gartersnake

Black-necked Gartersnake

Black-necked Gartersnake

Sycamore Canyon

Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia:
More great birding, with INCA DOVE, VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD, CEDAR WAXWING, yet another ‘MYRTLE’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (my 4th this week – as I mentioned the other day, it’s a really good time to look for them), GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, and lots more. Thanks Larry!

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

Bee sp.

Anza Trail, Tubac:
The SINALOA WREN gave a few blasts of ratchet call before dusk, but didn’t show itself. It was just south of the power line cut in the previously-described location. Also there, GRAY HAWK, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, and RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW.


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