Another fairly slow day of birding, this time in the Huachuca Mountains, enlivened by a couple of good sightings and more great company. While some birds are arriving back on territory early, general migration still hasn’t really got into full swing. We were eventually chased off by rain.
At least three male ELEGANT TROGONS were calling vociferously, and generally behaving like recently-arrived breeding birds, in the first quarter mile beyond the 1.7 mile mark.
Also in the canyon, GRAY HAWKS, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, a couple of calling DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, HUTTON’S VIREO, ORANGE-CROWNED, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, and HEPATIC TANAGER.
A gorgeous SONORAN WHIPSNAKE crossed the road in front of us and climbed a tree to ‘hide’.
Ash Canyon B&B :
Hummingbird numbers remain low, but the diversity is increasing, with MAGNIFICENT, BLACK-CHINNED, RUFOUS, BROAD-BILLED and a brief visit from a sparkling male LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD mid-afternoon.
Also at Mary Jo’s little slice of heaven, GREEN-TAILED, SPOTTED and CANYON TOWHEES side-by-side, and a SCOTT’S ORIOLE show that’s hard to beat. Thanks Mary Jo!