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

Rock Corral Canyon, Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center

A trip to Rock Corral Canyon for Five-striped Sparrow, followed by a visit to the Paton Center. What could be better?

Rock Corral Canyon:

FIVE-STRIPED SPARROW was the main target bird and we were again able to locate a pair in the same area as my other recent sightings.

Five-striped Sparrow [1]

Five-striped Sparrow [2]

Five-striped Sparrow [3]

Five-striped Sparrow [4]

Also in the canyon, calling MONTEZUMA QUAIL, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, GREATER ROADRUNNER, COSTA’S and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, HAMMOND’S, GRAY FLYCATCHER, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, and LAZULI BUNTING.

Ash-throated Flycatcher [5]

Costa's Hummingbird [6]

Dusky-capped Flycatcher [7]

Dusky-capped Flycatcher [8]

Dusky-capped Flycatcher [9]

Dusky-capped Flycatcher [10]

Painted Lady [11]

Painted Lady [12]

Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center, Patagonia:

I love the Paton Center, and hummingbirds are obviously a big part of the attraction. Numbers are increasing, and today we were able to enjoy BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA’S, RUFOUS, BROAD-BILLED and VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird [13]

A super-smart male ‘MYRTLE’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was a nice find.

'Audubon's' (left) and 'Myrtle' (right) Yellow-rumped Warblers [14]

'Audubon's' (left) and 'Myrtle' (right) Yellow-rumped Warblers [15]

Also in and around the yard, GRAY and ZONE-TAILED HAWKS, INCA DOVE, PLUMBEOUS VIREO, CEDAR WAXWING, WILSON’S WARBLER, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, ABERT’S and GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES, PYRRHULOXIA, LAZULI BUNTING, PINE SISKIN, and my first BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK of the year.

Black-headed Grosbeak [16]

Black-headed Grosbeak [17]

Lazuli Bunting [18]

Lazuli Buntings [19]

Blue Haven Road, Patagonia:

A couple of GREAT BLUE HERONS were on nests, and a fluffy juvenile could be seen on one of them. This is also a nest site for ZONE-TAILED HAWK and I was pleased to find one back in the area, presumably ready to nest again this year. Also here, GRAY HAWK, a BELTED KINGFISHER along the creek, and DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER.

Zone-tailed Hawk [20]