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

Peña Blanca Canyon

A lovely morning in my joint favorite canyon, with 45 species in four hours.

Peña Blanca Canyon:

We didn’t find anything spectacularly rare, but we did enjoy many of the canyon’s resident and breeding species, as well as some migrants.

Highlights included BLACK VULTURE, GRAY and ZONE-TAILED HAWKS, GREATER ROADRUNNER, BLACK-CHINNED, COSTA’S and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, PEREGRINE FALCON, HAMMOND’S and DUSKY FLYCATCHERS, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BRIDLED TITMOUSE, BUSHTIT, ROCK and CANYON WRENS, HERMIT THRUSH, CURVE-BILLED and CRISSAL THRASHERS, LUCY’S, NASHVILLE, ‘AUDUBON’S’ YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, RUFOUS-WINGED and RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS, ‘GRAY-HEADED’ DARK-EYED JUNCO, LAZULI BUNTING, and SCOTT’S ORIOLE.

Rufous-crowned Sparrow [1]

Scott's Oriole [2]

Scott's Oriole [3]

Townsend's Warbler [4]

Townsend's Warbler [5]

Townsend's Warbler [6]

Townsend's Warbler [7]

There are a lot of butterflies around at the moment and I took a while to study them, as I’m trying to improve my butterfly ID skills as well as increase my butterfly list. I haven’t identified the duskywings yet – three individuals of maybe two species, perhaps Juvenal’s and Scudder’s? I haven’t even begun to tackle the skipper – any help would be appreciated. I think the crescent is a really worn and faded Pearly Crescent, but there’s no doubt about the impressive White-striped Longtail.

White-striped Longtail [8]

White-striped Longtail [9]

Pearl Crescent [10]

skipper sp. [11]

duskywing sp. [12]

duskywing sp. [13]

duskywing sp. [14]