A day of target birding, with excellent results!
Pair of RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS higher up in the canyon and in breeding mode. Seen and heard above and below the oak grove, which is the area south of (up canyon from) the East Bend, beyond the southernmost marker on this map .
A VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD fly-catching from the big sycamores in the research station, viewable from the first hill along the trail.
More great birding, from the entrance road to fairly high in the canyon, produced GRAY HAWK, COSTA’S, BLACK-CHINNED, BROAD-BILLED, and BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRDS, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, GRAY, DUSKY and PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE, ORANGE-CROWNED, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, WILSON’S and HERMIT WARBLERS, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, singing BLACK-CHINNED SPARROWS high on the slopes, HEPATIC, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING, and HOODED ORIOLE.
We didn’t detect Black-capped Gnatcatchers in any of the areas they’ve been in recently.
Madera Canyon Rd:
BOTTERI’S SPARROW at the 9 mile mark.
The Sinaloa Wren was a no show in the 30 minutes we hung around early afternoon.
We did find DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, a sneaky MacGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, and a displaying YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
Pair of BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS at a nest site, the male standing guard over the sitting female. Without being too specific, it’s broadly in the area that most recent reports have come from.