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

Montezuma Quail, Elegant Trogon, Five-striped Sparrow, Black-capped Gnatcatchers

Two days of target birding with well-known English birder, Richard Bonser.

Ruby Road, west of Nogales:
Excellent views of five MONTEZUMA QUAIL between Pena Blanca Lake and Sycamore Canyon, comprised of two pairs and further male. It’s amazing how well this species has bounced back in the past year from the record lows of a few years ago. If you ever want to see a Montezuma Quail, now is the time…
The same juvenile GRAY HAWK was on the same branch of the same tree near the Calabasas Picnic Area!

Gray Hawk [1]

Sycamore Canyon:
We saw one male ELEGANT TROGON and heard a couple more in the first mile of the canyon.

Black-headed Grosbeak [2]

Arizona Metalmark [3]

California Gulch:
Walking to the fourth creek crossing and back, we totaled at least ten singing male FIVE-STRIPED SPARROWS.
A BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER, most likely a non-breeding-plumaged male, was associating with three BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHERS just beyond the fourth creek crossing. Multiple BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHERS were seen all along the canyon.
Also, GRAY HAWK, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, LUCY’S WARBLER, VARIED BUNTING, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [4]

Black-capped Gnatcatcher [5]

Yellow-billed Cuckoo [6]

Amado Pond:
A SNOWY EGRET joined the continuing BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, EARED GREBE, RING-NECKED DUCK, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, TROPICAL KINGBIRDS, and LAZULI BUNTINGS.

Rio Rico Ponds:
More BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS and TROPICAL KINGBIRDS.