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

Santa Rita Loop

A really great day of birding in Pima and Santa Cruz counties, hitting the 100 species mark.

Florida Canyon:
Excellent all-round birding!
BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER near the junction of FR62A and FR481.
RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER singing above the oak grove.
Several VARIED, a stunning male INDIGO and an unseasonable female LAZULI BUNTING.
Another unlikely summer species, a few PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS remain and may be breeding.
Also, GRAY HAWK, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, WHITE-TROATED SWIFT, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, RUFOUS-WINGED and BOTTERI’S SPARROW, HEPATIC and SUMMER TANAGERS, and HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES.

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Madera Canyon:
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and PEREGRINE FALCON at Proctor Rd.
GREATER PEWEE and GRACE’S WARBLER at Madera Kubo Cabins.
Also in the canyon, GRAY HAWK, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PAINTED REDSTART, and SUMMER TANAGER.

Rio Rico Ponds:
A couple of pairs of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, a WHITE-FACED IBIS, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, TROPICAL KINGBIRD and ‘Mexican’ CLIFF SWALLOWS.

Blue Haven Rd, Patagonia:
BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK and SUMMER TANAGER.

Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center For Hummingbirds:
GRAY HAWK, INCA DOVE, VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD and VARIED BUNTING, among many more great birds.

Las Cienegas:
A beautiful afternoon!
BURROWING OWL at one of the Prairie-Dog reintroduction sites. BOTTERI’S and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were the commonest sparrows, plus multiple SWAINSON’S HAWK, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and ‘Lilian’s’ EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

Las Cienegas [2]

Las Cienegas [3]