Birding Blog Archives

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites
July 23rd, 2015
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Ramsey Canyon, Ash Canyon B&B

We dodged the showers as best we could and found 78 species, from Green Valley to the Huachuca Mountains.

Greaterville Rd:

Driving through the grasslands we noted SWAINSON’S HAWK, a surprise YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, GREATER ROADRUNNER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, RUFOUS-WINGED and BOTTERI’S SPARROWS, and ‘LILIAN’S’ EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

Botteri's Sparrow

Ramsey Canyon:

Despite our best efforts for 90 minutes in intermittent rain, the pair of TUFTED FLYCATCHERS eluded us, although we did hear both birds calling.

Given the weather, the hike up canyon was not surprisingly fairly quiet, but we did manage calling ELEGANT TROGON, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, CORDILLERAN, DUSKY-CAPPED and SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, PLUMBEOUS, HUTTON’S and WARBLING VIREOS, STELLER’S JAY, BROWN CREEPER, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, GRACE’S and RED-FACED WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, HEPATIC and WESTERN TANAGERS, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

Drusius Cloudywing

Red Satyr

A VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD at the feeder at the front of the visitor center saw us on our way.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

Ash Canyon B&B:

The hummingbirds were fantastic, with MAGNIFICENT, ANNA’S, COSTA’S, and BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRDS, plus the returning male “COSTIFER” HUMMINGBIRD, a hybrid between a Costa’s and a Lucifer Hummingbird. This is the fifth year he’s been back to Mary Jo’s (I’ve been going a lot longer!)

Lucifer Hummingbird x Costa's Hummingbird hybrid

Lucifer Hummingbird x Costa's Hummingbird hybrid

Lucifer Hummingbird x Costa's Hummingbird hybrid

Also at the brilliant Ash Canyon B&B, calling MONTEZUMA QUAIL, BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK among the many bird and wildlife visitors. I can’t recommend a visit to mary Jo’s enough, for the all round joy of the experience.

Gila Woodpeckers

Las Cienegas:

A herd of PRONGHORN was by the side of the road as we passed through.

Pronghorns

Pronghorns

Tarantula

Heading west from Sonoita towards Patagonia

Rio Rico:

A few TURKEY VULTURES and a dozen BLACK VULTURES were roosting in dead trees by the Santa Cruz River. A flock of eight WHITE-FACED IBIS flew over, as did SWAINSON’S HAWK and LESSER NIGHTHAWK.

Amado Pond:

We added ‘MEXICAN’ MALLARD and NEOTROPIC CORMORANT to the day list as the sun went down.

 

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>