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May 28th, 2015
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Tufted Flycatcher

With Steve Nesbitt, I hiked the two miles up Ramsey Canyon to see the rare TUFTED FLYCATCHER. It didn’t disappoint.

Tufted Flycatcher

Tufted Flycatcher

Tufted Flycatcher

Tufted Flycatcher

Tufted Flycatcher

The bird has a nest. There has been talk of a pair being present, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Tufted Flycatcher

It should be noted that, while it doesn’t sound far, this is a VERY tough, steep, rocky hike, with a 600 feet elevation rise over the second half mile. It is not for everyone. After about a mile, there is a scenic overlook with spectacular views. Further up canyon, the creek is flowing and the canyon is really gorgeous.

Ramsey Canyon

Ramsey Canyon

Ramsey Canyon

Ramsey Canyon

Birders at Ramsey Canyon

On the hike back down, I had another one of those ‘London buses’ moments. You wait your whole life to see a SONORAN MOUNTAIN KINGSNAKE, and then see two in nine days.

Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

Other birds in the canyon included ELEGANT TROGON, SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and RED-FACED WARBLER. We didn’t find the Flame-colored Tanager.

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

 

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