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May 19th, 2015
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Ash Canyon B&B, Carr Canyon

With a long day of traveling coming up, we spent day five of our tour at just two sites in the Huachuca Mountains, two of my very favorites.

Ash Canyon B&B:

What better way to spend a morning than with Mary Jo at Ash Canyon B&B? We had a thoroughly relaxing time, watching and photographing great birds at close range, with charming company.

The birds included BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA’S and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, four WOODPECKER species, BRIDLED TITMOUSE, BUSHTIT, CURVE-BILLED THRASHER, SPOTTED and CANYON TOWHEES, RUFOUS-CROWNED, BOTTERI’S and LARK SPARROWS, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, BRONZED COWBIRD, and gorgeous HOODED and SCOTT’S ORIOLES. It’s birding heaven! Thanks Mary Jo!

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Canyon Towhee

Lark Sparrow

Mexican Jay

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Scott's Oriole

White-winged Dove

Arizona Gray Squirrel

Rock Squirrel

Rock Squirrel

Carr Canyon:

On our way up canyon, I was thrilled to find my first ever SONORAN MOUNTAIN KINGSNAKE crossing the road.

Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

Just after the snake slithered from view, we had another surprising treat, as a male MONTEZUMA QUAIL flew across the road.

Up at the Reef Townsite Campground, we found the high elevation specialties we were hoping for, such as WHITE-THROATED SWIFT, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, GREATER PEWEE, numerous BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, PLUMBEOUS and HUTTON’S VIREOS, ‘BROWN-THROATED’ HOUSE WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, OLIVE WARBLER, GRACE’S and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, and HEPATIC TANAGER.

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Grace's Warbler

Greater Pewee

Hutton's Vireo

Olive Warbler

Olive Warbler

Olive Warbler

Yellow-eyed Junco

At the end of the road, the Ramsey Vista Campground was quieter, but we did see an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and more GREATER PEWEES.

Greater Pewee

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Hereford, from near the Ramsey Vista Campground, Carr Canyon

Hereford:

Back down in town, SWAINSON’S HAWK and BOTTERI’S SPARROW were in the grassland by the amazing Pizzeria Mimosa (HIGHLY recommended), as well as ‘MEXICAN’ CLIFF SWALLOW nesting under their front porch. Thanks Vicki!

Botteri's Sparrow

'Mexican' Cliff Swallow

The perfect way to end another great day!

 

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