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A great day of birding and photography in Santa Cruz County, from the Peña Blanca area to Patagonia.
A couple of quick roadside stops yielded GRAY HAWK, calling MONTEZUMA QUAIL, and three singing BOTTERI’S SPARROWS.
Another roadside stop in this productive area gave us a pair of GRAY HAWKS, three INCA DOVES, several calling GREATER ROADRUNNERS, COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, and a beautiful pair of HOODED ORIOLES.
Peña Blanca Canyon:
Our main quarry was ELEGANT TROGON, and we found a male that didn’t want to show himself, as is often the way.
We also found BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK, ZONE-TAILED HAWK, DUSKY-CAPPED and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, HUTTON’S VIREO, NASHVILLE and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, HEPATIC TANAGER, and LAZULI BUNTING.
Peña Blanca Lake:
The lake was pretty quiet by late morning, but we did see a surprise flock of eleven BLACK-NECKED STILTS flying around, looking for suitable habitat (of which there isn’t any).
S. River Rd, Nogales:
A GRAY HAWK posed by the bridge, a regular site for this pleasing raptor.
Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center, Patagonia:
Lots of birds, as always, including BLACK VULTURE, GRAY HAWK, INCA DOVE, ANNA’S, BROAD-BILLED and VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRDS, at least two ‘MYRTLE’ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS among the many ‘AUDUBON’S’, WILSON’S WARBLER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS of both the regular ‘GAMBEL’S’ and less frequent migrating ‘MOUNTAIN’ subspecies, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, LAZULI BUNTING, and PINE SISKIN.