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August 11th, 2015
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Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Virginia’s Warbler, Montezuma Quail

A great day of birding the Huachuca Mountains and Las Cienegas, with 80 species.

Sierra Vista:

The usual summertime SWAINSON’S HAWK were still around.

Carr Canyon:

Several BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS are still present at the Reef Townsite Campground, along with ZONE-TAILED HAWK, BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, PLUMBEOUS VIREO, WESTERN SCRUB-JAY, BUSHTIT, BROWN CREEPER, ‘BROWN-THROATED’ HOUSE WREN, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, WESTERN BLUEBIRD, AMERICAN ROBIN, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW-EYED JUNCO, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK. Warblers were a feature, comprising GRACE’S, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and WILSON’S WARBLER, and PAINTED REDSTART.

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Juvenile American Robin

Greater Pewee

A walk up to the Old Sawmill Spring was productive, as we eventually found our target bird, VIRGINIA’S WARBLER, as well as NASHVILLE WARBLER.

Virginia's Warbler

I found it impossible to capture the beauty of the flower meadow at the spring, but I tried nonetheless.

Flowers at Old Sawmill Spring, Carr Canyon

Casa de San Pedro B&B:

It was delightful to see a roosting BARN OWL and three GREAT HORNED OWLS in the trees by the B&B.

Barn Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Las Cienegas:

I was surprised to see a pair of MONTEZUMA QUAIL with four babies crossing the road, the first time I’ve seen this species here. I don’t really think of it as a species of pure grasslands, but I might have to revise this opinion, as they weren’t near any of the habitat I normally associate them with. I tend to think of Montezuma Quail as a species of grassy foothills with scattered oaks, and mid to higher elevation oak woodland.

Cottonwood Pond had GRAY HAWK, PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, WESTERN TANAGER, and LAZULI BUNTING, as well as CHIRICAHUA LEOPARD FROG.

Elsewhere around the grasslands, we encountered LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BOTTERI’S, CASSIN’S, LARK, BLACK-THROATED, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, LARK BUNTING, PYRRHULOXIA, BLUE GROSBEAK, ‘LILIAN’S’ EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and HOODED ORIOLE.

American Kestrel

Botteri's Sparrow

Lark Bunting

Las Cienegas

The mammal highlights were COYOTE and PRONGHORN, while the reptile of the day was a splendid ORNATE BOX TURTLE, always a joy to find.

Ornate Box Turtle

 

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