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September 10th, 2014
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Sinaloa Wren, Lucifer Hummingbird, Elegant Trogon

From Rio Rico to the Huachucas, via Patagonia, with 90 species in total.

Rio Rico/Nogales:
At dawn, a couple of GREAT EGRETS flew north along Potrero Creek, just east of the Pilot truck stop on Ruby Rd. At the same site at dusk, a pre-roost gathering of kingbirds in the tops of the cottonwoods numbered at least 29 CASSIN’S and a few WESTERN KINGBIRDS.
Plenty of TURKEY and BLACK VULTURES were roosting in their usual dead trees by the Santa Cruz River along S River Rd, and a GRAY HAWK was in its regular spot further south.

Patagonia Roadside Rest:
A fun surprise to start the day. As we passed the roadside rest just after dawn, I noticed a couple of shapes on the usual Thick-billed Kingbird snag high above the picnic table, so we pulled in to take a look. The smaller shape was, as I predicted, a CASSIN’S KINGBIRD. The slightly larger shape, however, wasn’t a larger kingbird species – it turned out to be a BELTED KINGFISHER! Not what I was expecting.

Whetstone:
A SWAINSON’S HAWK was on one of the usual poles.

Swainson's Hawk

Huachuca Canyon:
The SINALOA WREN continues in the usual spot at the 0 mile mark, alternating between the creek adjacent to the swing set in Camp Maricopa, and the tangle beyond the Camp Coconino sign. It was delivering its distinctive ratchet call every once in a while, and a couple of times did the faster, more buzzy scold call. It really pays to know the calls when looking for this bird, and it’s not on any of the apps yet (I don’t think). So, go to Xeno Canto to hear the full range of calls and songs, especially the recordings by Garret McDonald, which are of this particular bird (assuming it’s the same one that was present earlier in the year).

My client, Doug Hommert, got this wonderful photo:

Sinaloa Wren © Doug Hommert

Three male ELEGANT TROGONS were seen up canyon from the 1.7 mile mark; one by the first creek crossing, one by the second, and one just before the second dam.
Also, GRAY HAWK, CASSIN’S VIREO, my FOS SWAINSON’S THRUSH, loads of PAINTED REDSTARTS, and ORANGE-CROWNED, NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, TOWNSEND’S, HERMIT, and WILSON’S WARBLERS.

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Painted Redstart

Ash Canyon B&B:
Both male and female LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS were easily seen at multiple feeders in both areas of the yard. There was another brief visit to feeder B by a female BLUE-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, while all the other usual suspects were present in abundance. Thanks Mary Jo!

Curly Horse Rd, Las Cienegas:
Plenty of BOTTERI’S and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, my FOS VESPER SPARROWS, ‘Lilian’s’ EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Horned Lark

Loggerhead Shrike

Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center, Patagonia:
VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS were coming to the feeders every few minutes. Also, GRAY HAWK, INCA DOVES, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS and lots more. Thanks Larry!

 

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