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May 2nd, 2016
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Rufous-capped Warbler, Elegant Trogon, Buff-collared Nightjar

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A very productive day and night of birding along the border in Santa Cruz County, with 83 species.

Peña Blanca Canyon:

The canyon continues to be one of the best places to get views of ELEGANT TROGON. We had multiple great looks today.

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Hummingbird numbers in the canyon are phenomenal at the moment, with dozens of migrant BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRDS passing through, along with breeding BROAD-BILLED, a migrant RUFOUS and a couple of COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRDS.

We heard a RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER calling but were unable to locate it. We did see a few MONTEZUMA QUAIL, BLACK VULTURE, GRAY and ZONE-TAILED HAWKS, calling NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL, PACIFIC-SLOPE, DUSKY-CAPPED, ASH-THROATED and BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, HUTTON’S VIREO, LUCY’S, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, TOWNSEND’S, HERMIT, and WILSON’S WARBLERS, PAINTED REDSTART, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, HEPATIC and WESTERN TANAGERS, and HOODED, BULLOCK’S and SCOTT’S ORIOLES.

Acorn Woodpecker

Black-headed Grosbeak

Hepatic Tanager

Hermit Warbler

Western Tanager

Zone-tailed Hawk

Arizona Gray Squirrel

Peña Blanca Lake:

We eventually got to see an elusive RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER, below the dam.

Rufous-capped Warbler

Rufous-capped Warbler

A pair of COMMON BACK HAWKS is also nesting in the general vicinity at an undisclosed site.

Common Black Hawk

Also around the lake we found a couple of pairs of CINNAMON TEAL, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, two GREAT EGRETS, multiple GREEN HERONS, GRAY and ZONE-TAILED HAWKS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD, ARIZONA WOODPECKER, CASSIN’S VIREO, a nice MacGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, and SUMMER TANAGER.

Canyon Wren nest

Cinnamon Teal

Great Egret

Cinnamon Teal and Great Egrets

Spotted Sandpiper

Zone-tailed Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk

Peña Blanca Lake

Peña Blanca Lake

Peña Blanca Lake

Ruby Rd:

Driving west, we found GRAY HAWK by the roadside, and a pair of ‘AZURE’ EASTERN BLUEBIRDS in one of the regular spots for this distinctive subspecies, a potential ‘split’.

'Azure' Eastern Bluebird

'Azure' Eastern Bluebird

'Azure' Eastern Bluebird

'Azure' Eastern Bluebird

Atascosa Mountains

Confluence of California Gulch & Warsaw Canyon:

Before dusk we were able to locate PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, ‘AUDUBON’S’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, and HOODED ORIOLE. We couldn’t rustle up a Five-striped Sparrow this evening, and the same was true of BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER until it was almost dark, at which point a silent male appeared briefly before going to roost.

After dark we got good views of a male BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJAR, as well as hearing ELF OWL.

Buff-collared Nightjar

Buff-collared Nightjar

Sycamore Canyon:

The parking area produced great views of ELF OWL, while we heard WHISKERED SCREECH-OWL, GREAT HORNED OWL, and COMMON POORWILL calling.

Elf Owl

On the way home we saw ANTELOPE JACKRABBIT, GRAY FOX, STRIPED SKUNK and COLLARED PECCARY (JAVELINA) along the road to end a fine day.

 

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