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September 8th, 2014
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Sinaloa Wren, Lucifer Hummingbird

Despite dodging showers all day (unsuccessfully at times), we still managed a respectable 75 species from the Huachucas to Patagonia.

Huachuca Canyon:
The SINALOA WREN was heard ‘ratchet-calling’ several times this morning in a rain-effected search, but sensibly remained in deep cover and hidden from sight. It visited two of its favorite areas at the mile 0 mark: the banks of the creek between the road bridge and the swing set at Camp Maricopa, and the tangle just beyond the Camp Coconino sign.
Given the conditions, it wasn’t a surprise that the previous day’s warbler fest failed to put on a repeat performance, with just a few soggy WILSON’S, NASHVILLE, YELLOW and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, and PAINTED REDSTARTS. There could have been more lurking in there, but they weren’t coming out to play.
Male ELEGANT TROGON by the second creek crossing above the parking area at the 1.7 mile mark. Another heard lower, back near the parking area.
Also, GRAY HAWK, CASSIN’S VIREO, a family party of ‘Azure’ EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (near the yellow gate), and HEPATIC and SUMMER TANAGERS.

Elegant Trogon

Gray Hawk

Arizona Sister

Red-bordered Satyr

Ash Canyon B&B:
LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS were the stars, with multiple birds visiting the feeders furthest from the house in either direction. A brief visit from a female BLUE-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at feeder B was a treat, along with great views of MAGNIFICENT, BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA’S, RUFOUS and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS and many more birds, despite the rain. I can’t recommend a visit to Mary Jo’s wonderful yard highly enough, in any weather and at any time of year.

Along with the regular and reliable SWAINSON’S HAWKS along SR90, I was pleased to hear a singing RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, my first in Cochise County.

Las Cienegas, southern entrance:

Northern Harrier

Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia:
Larry told us that it hadn’t rained in Patagonia all day!
Multiple VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS, plus BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA’S, RUFOUS, and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, three or more GRAY HAWKS, loads of INCA DOVES, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING and tons more good stuff. Larry showed us an unfortunately expired Ring-necked Snake, which is grayish above, but when flipped over – wow! Thanks Larry.

Ring-necked Snake


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