A pleasant and successful morning of sparrow-finding, from Arivaca to California Gulch, with 67 species.
Along the road we saw GREATER ROADRUNNER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and heard BOTTERI’S, CASSIN’S, CHIPPING, and LARK SPARROWS.
Confluence of California Gulch and Warsaw Canyon:
The main target was FIVE-STRIPED SPARROW, and we managed to find a few for some close looks.
The BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continue. I’m not sure how many are there, but I keep seeing different configurations and distinctive birds with partial tails. I reckon there are a minimum of five individuals in the area.
Also there, GRAY HAWK, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, PACIFIC-SLOPE, ASH-THROATED and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, BELL’S VIREO, ‘DESERT’ PURPLE MARTIN, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER, NASHVILLE and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RUFOUS-CROWNED, RUFOUS-WINGED and BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS, a 100+ flock of LARK BUNTINGS, SUMMER and WESTERN TANAGERS, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, VARIED BUNTING, and HOODED and BULLOCK’S ORIOLES.
Oro Blanco Wash:
We stopped briefly for poor views of BOTTERI’S and good views of CASSIN’S SPARROW.
Along the entrance road we encountered this rather scary bee swarm in a mesquite tree. I jumped out of the car for a couple of quick photos, but I was on my toes, as this is exactly when they can be dangerous.
The lake had good general birding without anything spectacular, the highlights being BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, TROPICAL KINGBIRD, SUMMER TANAGER, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING, and HOODED ORIOLE.