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

Santa Rita Loop

A nice day to be out birding, and some good birds too. We looped around the Santa Rita Mountains and tallied 81 species.

Madera Canyon:
MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER and PAINTED REDSTART on the patio at the wonderful Chuparosa Inn is a good way to start any day. Thanks Luis!

Florida Canyon:
A BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued just down canyon from the parking lot.
Also seen and heard from the parking lot, calling MONTEZUMA QUAIL, GRAY HAWK, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, calling NORTHERN BEARDLESS-TYRANNULET, HUTTON’S VIREO, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, and HOODED ORIOLE.

Gray Hawk [1]

BLACK-THROATED, RUFOUS-WINGED and BOTTERI’S SPARROWS were singing along FR 481.

Black-throated Sparrow [2]

Rufous-winged Sparrow [3]

Santa Rita Mountains [4]

Las Cienegas:
A pair of BURROWING OWLS eventually popped up at the northernmost prairie-dog reintroduction site.
Driving in the northern entrance and leaving via Curly Horse Road, we found loads of CASSIN’S and one WESTERN KINGBIRD, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, a small flock of LARK BUNTINGS, and a couple of GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS. COMMON GROUND-DOVE and BELTED KINGFISHER were at Cottonwood Pond.

Greater Roadrunner [5]

Lark Bunting [6]

Black-tailed Prairie-Dog [7]

Black-tailed Prairie-Dog [8]

Blue-eyed Darner [9]

Blue-eyed Darner [10]

Cottonwood Pond, Las Cienegas [11]

Between Patagonia and Sonoita:
A ZONE-TAILED HAWK drifted overhead.

Zone-tailed Hawk [12]

Zone-tailed Hawk [13]

Patagonia Roadside Rest:
Still hoping to get an early Thick-billed Kingbird, but we couldn’t find them at the usual spot today. Maybe tomorrow… We did hear more GRAY HAWKS, though.

Kino Springs:
I had brief views of a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW between the practice green and the nearest pond to the clubhouse (Stacey Lake), possibly the one I saw in that exact spot on January 25th. Also there (at Stacey Lake and the small sewage ponds down the hill), five LESSER SCAUP, a female RING-NECKED DUCK, GRAY HAWKS, two SORA, a small flock of CLIFF SWALLOWS, and smart male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.

Kino Springs [14]