Monday, May 26, 2014

AZ Big Bird - Week Sixteen

16 April 2014 Wednesday: With Jacque, Cindy, & Molly
Patagonia Lake State Park – twelve Black-necked Stilts, second year male Elegant Trogon, Vermilion Flycatchers, Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Northern Cardinal
Paton’s Yard – baby Quail, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings
17 April 2014 Thursday: With Jacque, Cindy, & Molly
Tubac De Anza Trail – Gray Hawks, Sinaloa Wren
Green Valley – Harris’s Hawk
Proctor Road (alone) – Elf Owl, Common Poorwill
Mt Wrightson Picnic Area (alone) – Mexican Whip-poor-will
18 April 2014 Friday: with Paul & Mary Hayes
Tubac De Anza Trail - missed Sinaloa Wren, flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, flock of White-faced Ibis
Carrie Nation Trail – no Trogons
Super Trail – adult male Elegant Trogon heard cackling & seen about ¾ mile up trail from parking area
19 April 2014 Saturday:  with Paul & Mary again, up the Catalina Highway
Molino Basin - Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on nest, Hooded Oriole pair
Incinerator Ridge - Red-faced Warbler singing, Olive Warbler
Rose Canyon Lake - Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Magnificent Hummingbird gather nesting material
20 April 2014 Sunday: First of three days with Malcolm & Eleanor, mostly a travel day to the Chiricahuas.
Lake Cochise – Bank Swallow, Scaled Quail, continuing Baird’s Sandpiper, breeding plumaged Eared Grebe, Cattle Egret, Osprey, departing Franklin’s Gulls
Pinery Canyon – Western Wood-Pewee
Barfoot Park – Zone-tailed Hawk, pair of Mexican Chickadee, Olive Warblers singing
Barfoot Junction – many Ruby-crowned Kinglets, one each Townsend’s & Hermit Warblers, another Mexican Chickadee, and a Greater Pewee
Owling from Portal to Cave Creek Canyon – calling Elf Owls, multiple Common Poorwills on the road, in the canyon were Whiskered Screech-Owls, Mexican Whip-poor-wills, and one Spotted Owl vocalizing.
21 April 2014 Monday: Second day out with Malcolm & Eleanor, early part of the day around Portal & the Chiricahuas and then the drive back to Green Valley.
Portal – Band-tailed Pigeons, Blue-throated Hummingbird
Jasper’s – Western Scrub-Jay, more Band-tailed Pigeons, Lazul Buntings, Bullock’s Orioles
South Fork Cave Creek Canyon – No. Pygmy-Owl calling in daytime, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Grace’s Warbler, nest building Painted Redstarts, Scott’s Oriole
Barfoot Junction – Olive & Grace’s Warblers heard singing
22 April 2014 Tuesday: Out with Malcolm & Eleanor for our final day together.  They stayed at Madera Kubo and our plans included a hike up the Carrie Nation Trail to search for Elegant Trogon and then down to Tubac to search for the Sinaloa Wren.
Madera Kubo - Calliope Hummingbird male feeding at flowers, Greater Pewee & Grace’s Warbler singing
Carrie Nation Trail – flyover Northern Goshawk, Elegant Trogon 3 males heard together way up the trail, various warblers
Madera Kubo – Inca Dove still singing (for a few weeks now), Greater Pewee still singing from this morning
De Anza Trail near Tubac - No Sinaloa Wren, Yellow-breasted Chat, Gray Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, flycatchers

Summary: Year list at the end of the week 327.

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