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January 26th, 2014
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Black-capped Gnatcatchers, Rufous-capped Warblers, Elegant Trogons, Lawrence's Goldfinches

Almost the perfect day of winter birding in Pima and Santa Cruz counties. 74 species in all.

Continental/Green Valley:
8+ LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCHES around the Santa Cruz River and pecan groves east of S Abrego Dr.

Florida Canyon:
Animated pair of RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS just above the dam.
Two ELEGANT TROGONS near the big metal gate; immature male seen well, and presumably the adult male calling nearby.
Adult GOLDEN EAGLE high over ridge, BLACK-CHINNED SPARROWS before the metal gate.

Rufous-capped Warbler

(Photo from previous visit)

Amado Pond:
No sign of yesterday’s Heermann’s Gull, as expected. A female CANVASBACK replaced three of the four BUFFLEHEADS. The grackle flock was absent, but one BRONZED COWBIRD remained.

Montosa Canyon:
Pair of BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS by the roadside, 100 yards beyond the large culvert.
Also, HUTTON’S VIREO and female HEPATIC TANAGER.

Anza Trail, Tubac:
The Sinaloa Wren was the only target bird to let us down, with no sight or sound in a three hour vigil. A MYRTLE WARBLER provided light relief.

 

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