Also see the PHOTO GALLERY

following the summaries of the 2018 and 2015 MBWeeks.


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SOUTHEAST  ARIZONA  MBWEEK  SUMMARY

July 27 - August 4, 2018


We could hardly have gotten off to a faster start on our MBWeek! By the end of our first afternoon we had already seen a staked-out-at-a-sewage-pond Fulvous Whistling-Duck (exceptionally rare in AZ), a family of local and often-elusive Black-capped Gnatcatchers (with a tyrannulet and Varied Buntings among them) at Proctor Road, and a group of always-elusive Montezuma Quail at Santa Rita Lodge (the only ones we'd see all week). And by noon the next day we had already listed Five-striped Sparrows (plus our first Lucifer Hummingbird) along Box Canyon Rd, a Rose-throated Becard at its Tumacacori nest, and that afternoon we listed our first Elegant Trogon, Arizona Woodpecker, and Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher in Madera Canyon.


But, of course, things have a way of evening out. On Day 6 only part of our group managed brief looks and listens at a Rufous-capped Warbler; on Day 7 we missed out on a Flame-colored Tanager (heard 45 minutes before we got there); on Day 8 a stake-out Groove-billed Ani refused to appear for us (while showing up for others that day), and there were no Buff-collared Nightjar sounds that night at The Gulch (though some of us glimpsed either that or a poorwill in the road as it imitated a rock in the road before flying off).


Given a choice, I'd always rather get off to a slow start and finish with a flourish, and it's usually best to have fewer staked-out rarities around during a tour – especially when they involve difficult hikes or long drives which take time away from other places we'd like to visit. (We never did make it to Fort Huachuca, Patagonia Lake State Park, or Mt Lemmon.) Still, we finished with an even 180 species, which is a few species shy of our average in the mid-180s for a trip that includes Willcox water birds. (A Willcox-less trip might have a total in the 160s or 170s.) Our best number was 196 back in 1992, and the last time we did this trip in 2015 we found 192 species.


The below-average total was somewhat expected, given that the monsoon season had generally been modest and spotty, so that there was little rain to stimulate bird activity and song. Most telling was our list of only 8 hummingbird species – the lowest tally for any previous late-summer MBWeek here had been 10. It's also tempting to blame the weather for the absence of Western Screech-Owl, Juniper Titmouse, Bendire's  Thrasher, Black-chinned Sparrow, and Bullock's Oriole from our list. But there are always a few "misses" on any trip, and these were about the only regular specialties we couldn't find (and typically none of them are easy to come up with).


But I'd say that what we did find certainly outweighed those we didn't. In addition to the highlights mentioned above from our first day and a half, we saw a long list of "non-Minnesota" species...birds like Mississippi Kites, Gray and Zone-tailed hawks, Barn Owl, Whiskered Screech-Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl (always a challenge to see, and a nice consolation on the Hamburg Trail trek), Gilded Flickers, 17 flycatcher species (including Greater Pewees, Gray, Cordilleran, Buff-breasted, Tropical and Thick-billed kingbirds), Mexican Chickadees, Olive Warblers (including 4+ in one tree), 10 non-Minnesota sparrows (e.g., Abert's Towhee, Rufous-winged, Botteri's, Cassin's), 9 non-Minnesota warblers (e.g., Lucy's, Virginia's, Grace's, Hermit, Red-faced, Painted Redstart), Hepatic Tanagers, and many others. In addition we heard Common Poorwills, a close Mexican Whip-poor-will, Elf Owls, and Crissal Thrashers.       


And let's not forget the Yellow-green Vireo that I'd say Pete and George managed to see along the De Anza Trail on the last morning. According to Pete's description...


"I saw a vireo in the outside branches of a cottonwood tree about 25 feet above us that immediately reminded me of a Red-eyed Vireo – bigger than Warbling, longish bill, dark eye line, mostly whitish below, although it was moving around among the leaves, so that good solid looks were fleeting. George Lahr soon joined me and saw yellow plumage along the sides and flanks and also felt that the bird was more greenish-toned than grayish. We did not hear any vocalizations. After about 20-25 seconds it flew north up the river."


Don't know if they are counting it for their lists (and it would have been a life bird for me), but the account sounds good enough to include it on the all-time MBW list as species #711!


Itinerary


July 27 – All arrived @TUS airport by 1:30 pm; first to Green Valley WTP (for that whistling-duck), then to Proctor Rd and Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon; dinner at Cattle Town and first of 2 nights in Tucson.


July 28 – Box Canyon Rd, De Anza Trail in Tumacacori, return to Madera Canyon and Box Canyon Rd, and Ajo Way Burrowing Owls en route to dinner at Little Mexico.


July 29 – Saguaro Nat'l Park East, St David, Willcox settling pond, up Pinery Canyon Rd and down through Cave Creek Canyon to Portal for first of 2 nights; dinner at Portal Peak Lodge.


July 30 – Stateline Rd before breakfast, Cave Creek Canyon (incl South Fork Canyon, Southwest Research Station, Paradise Rd jct), Onion Saddle, Rustler Park, and Paradise Rd (incl George Walker House feeders); dinner at Portal Peak Lodge.  


July 31 – Paradise Rd before breakfast, Bob Rodriquez feeders, Four Bar Cottages, Stateline Rd, Douglas (gas) & Busbee (lunch), San Pedro House, and Ash Canyon B & B; dinner at Ricardo's, owling at Miller Canyon, and first of 3 nights in Sierra Vista.


August 1 – Hunter Canyon, and drive up Carr Canyon Rd to Reef Townsite & Ramsey Vista campgrounds; dinner at German Cafe.


August 2 – San Pedro House, Ramsey Canyon & Hamburg Trail hike; dinner at Ricardo's & Pizzeria Mimosa, and owling in lower Carr Canyon.


August 3 – Pre-dawn nighthawk drive on Moson Rd, Sierra Vista WTP, one group to Whitewater Draw and other group to Miller Canyon & Beatty's feeders, then both groups in Patagonia; dinner at Cow Palace, nightjar-less drive to Warsaw Canyon @California Gulch, and night in Green Valley.     


August 4 – De Anza Trail @Santa Gertrudis Ln to search for that vireo (by those with afternoon flights home).  


Bird List


(boldfaced species = unexpected rarities, or often-elusive & local AZ specialties)


Fulvous Whistling-Duck   (staked-out rarity at Green Valley WTP, on our first day)

Cinnamon Teal

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard


Scaled Quail

Gambel's Quail

Montezuma Quail   (Santa Rita Lodge – also on our first day!)


Wild Turkey


Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Inca Dove

Common Ground-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove


Yellow-billed Cuckoo   (heard-only)

Greater Roadrunner


Lesser Nighthawk   (pre-dawn along Moson Rd)

Common Nighthawk

Common Poorwill   (heard-only twice; probably seen at CA Gulch)

Mexican Whip-poor-will   (close heard-only in Miller Canyon)


White-throated Swift


Rivoli's Hummingbird

Blue-throated Hummingbird   (best at Southwest Research Station)

Lucifer Hummingbird   (best at Ash Canyon B & B)

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

[ Calliope Hummingbird   (possible ID by leader-only) ]

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Violet-crowned Hummingbird   (best at Patons in Patagonia)


Sora   (heard-only)

American Coot


Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet


Killdeer


Long-billed Curlew

Baird's Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

[ Long-billed Dowitcher   (possible ID at Willcox) ]

Spotted Sandpiper

Lesser Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Wilson's Phalarope


California Gull   (staked-out rarity at Willcox)

Black Tern


Great Blue Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron


White-faced Ibis


Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Golden Eagle   (en route to Douglas)

Cooper's Hawk

Northern Goshawk   (heard-only at Miller Canyon nest)

Mississippi Kite   (several at St David)

Gray Hawk   (best at Tumacacori)

Swainson's Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk   (3-4 sightings)

Red-tailed Hawk


Barn Owl   (Four Bar Cottages)


Whiskered Screech-Owl   (Miller Canyon)

Great Horned Owl   (leader-only in Portal)

Northern Pygmy-Owl   (nice consolation for some on the Hamburg Trail hike)

Elf Owl   (heard-only, especially Lower Carr Canyon)

Burrowing Owl


Elegant Trogon   (incl a family group at the Hamburg Tr tanager site)


Acorn Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Gilded Flicker   (Saguaro National Park East)


American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon


Rose-throated Becard   (at a Tumacacori nest – on our first morning)


Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet   (with the Proctor Rd gnatcatchers, on our first day)

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Cassin's Kingbird

Thick-billed Kingbird   (Portal)

Western Kingbird

Greater Pewee   (Ramsey Vista campgr)

Western Wood-Pewee

Gray Flycatcher   (Paradise Cemetery migrant)

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Buff-breasted Flycatcher   (Reef Townsite campgr)

Black Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher


Loggerhead Shrike


Bell's Vireo

Hutton's Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Yellow-green Vireo   (seen by Pete & George on the last morning!)


Steller's Jay

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay

Mexican Jay

Chihuahuan Raven

Common Raven


Horned Lark


Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow   (best along Portal-Paradise Rd)

Bank Swallow

Barn Swallow


Mexican Chickadee   (Rustler Park)

Bridled Titmouse


Verdin


Bushtit


White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch


Brown Creeper


Rock Wren

Canyon Wren

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Bewick's Wren

Cactus Wren


[ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   (possible ID) ]

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher   (Proctor Rd family group – on our first day!)


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Eastern Bluebird

Western Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin


Curve-billed Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher   (heard-only twice)

Northern Mockingbird


European Starling


Phainopepla


Olive Warbler   (best at Rustler Park)


House Sparrow


House Finch

Lesser Goldfinch


Spotted Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Canyon Towhee

Abert's Towhee

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Botteri's Sparrow   (best by Pizzeria Mimosa)

Cassin's Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Five-striped Sparrow   (on Box Canyon Rd – on our first morning!)

Black-throated Sparrow

Lark Bunting

Song Sparrow

Yellow-eyed Junco


Yellow-breasted Chat


Yellow-headed Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark   (the lilianae subspecies)

Hooded Oriole

Scott's Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird

Bronzed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Great-tailed Grackle


Lucy's Warbler   (best at Tumacacori)

Virginia's Warbler   (best near Ramsey Vista campgr)

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Grace's Warbler   (Reef Townsite campgr)

Black-throated Gray Warbler   (ditto)

Townsend's Warbler   (seen by a few near Onion Saddle)

Hermit Warbler   (best at Rustler Park)

Rufous-capped Warbler   (seen by 3-4; heard by most)

Red-faced Warbler   (best at Rustler Park)

Painted Redstart


Hepatic Tanager

Summer Tanager

Western Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Pyrrhuloxia

Black-headed Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Varied Bunting


Significant Others:

Black-tailed Rattlesnake (seen twice by a few)

bat, sp.

Antelope Jackrabbit (California Gulch)

Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Desert Cottontail

Rock Squirrel

Coyote

Coati

Striped Skunk

White-tailed Deer

Mule Deer



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SOUTHEAST ARIZONA MBW SUMMARY

July 31 - August 9, 2015


Sorry to disappoint you all – Cindy especially – but it turns out that 192 is not a record for this MBWeek. While it is a nice total, 15 more than the last time the Edwardsons attended, and a bit above the average for this late-summer week in AZ, our highest total was actually 196 species way back in 1992. A few other trips here had around 190, and keep in mind that this trip was a day longer starting on a Friday, and it included two birds we only had in Phoenix (Honkers and Lovebirds!) which none of the other summer SE AZ trips had included. (Starting in Phoenix also failed to break our all-time MBW high of 113 degrees, as it merely reached 110 that day, but I doubt anyone was too upset by this.)


Numbers aside, though, this was certainly a memorable and successful MBWeek. With an early and active monsoon season, the deserts and grasslands were greener than I’d ever seen here. We never really got rained on, but there were some interesting diversions like the flash flood that blocked our way up Pinery Canyon – and at the same time turned us around in time to find a most obliging pair of Montezuma Quail lingering along the roadside! And though that large puddle/small pond on the California Gulch road briefly immersed our minivans’ headlights, the combination of this and our earlier flat tire failed to prevent our evening excursion to see Five-striped Sparrows and unexpected Elf Owls.


I was also impressed by places I’d never been to, such as the amazing Chiricahua Desert Museum, upper Miller Canyon above Beatty’s (vocal and visible pygmy-owls and eventually 2 Spotted Owls), Comfort Springs (our first Red-faced Warblers), Hamburg Trail (for Tufted Flycatcher – species #699 on the MBW composite list!), and especially under-birded Peña Blanca Canyon (trogons, tyrannulets, Varied Buntings, and more on refreshingly level terrain).


Of course, there were many highlights as well at more familiar sites: Mississippi Kites circling over Saint David; seven owl species actually seen (not just heard), with four of these in Miller Canyon; Harris’s Hawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Gilded Flicker, and Rufous-winged Sparrow all along the same residential street in Green Valley; a Plain-capped Starthroat on our third try at the Conrad feeders and Lucifer Hummingbirds on our first at Mary Jo’s B & B; the Buff-breasted Flycatcher nest at Carr Canyon; Thick-billed Kingbirds at three sites (just one is normal); the simultaneous appearance of a Greater Pewee, Mexican Chickadees, and Olive Warblers near Rustler Park; both Crissal and Bendire’s Thrashers in the same shrub at Willow Tank; and the best movement of warblers I’ve ever seen in AZ – 11 species at one spot in Summerhaven on Mt Lemmon, with multiple Virginia’s Warblers among them!


True, there may have been some disappointments: Buff-collared Nightjars and Mexican Whip-poor-wills had apparently stopped calling for the season, the White-eared Hummingbird at Beatty’s had not been seen for days, that Flame-colored Tanager was a no-show on the day we were at Ramsey, at Peña Blanca the Black-capped Gnatcatcher and Rufous-capped Warbler were heard-only, and there were a few birds on our list that no more than two or three of us saw. But these hardly matter considering the long list of Arizona specialties we did find, with no fewer than 115 of these “non-Minnesota” birds.


Itinerary


July 31: Early-afternoon arrival at PHX, Encanto Park (especially for Honkers?), and drive to Tucson via Columbus Park and Sweetwater Wetlands (a.k.a. visitor-friendly sewage ponds); dinner at Casa Molina and night at La Quinta Tucson Airport.


August 1: Lisa Frank Ave (for Burrowing Owls), Saint David (for kites), Willcox, Pinery Canyon (for a flash flood and quail), and drive to Portal via Douglas; first of 2 dinners and 2 nights at Portal Peak Lodge.


August 2: Stateline Road, first of 3 visits to the Conrads’ feeders, Dodie’s yard in Portal’s exclusive western suburbs, Cave Creek Canyon (incl South Fork Canyon & SW Research Station), E Turkey Creek Rd (briefly), Rustler Park & vicinity, return to the Conrads after a break, and post-dinner poorwilling.


August 3: Third & successful visit with the Conrads’ starthroat, Willow Tank & vicinity, Paradise Road & Cemetery and Goerge Walker House feeders, Chiricahua Desert Museum (!), and drive to Sierra Vista via Mary Jo’s Lucifer Hummingbird feeders at Ash Canyon B & B; dinner at Outback Steakhouse and first of 3 nights at Days Inn, Sierra Vista.


August 4: Ramsey Canyon (briefly), rest of morning at Miller Canyon (incl the hike above Beatty’s and the Beatty feeders), afternoon return for most back up the canyon (for Spotted Owls) / brief visit for others to Coronado National Monument and Hunter Canyon; dinner at Outside Inn and owling at Miller Canyon.


August 5: Hunter Canyon (briefly), most of the day up Carr Canyon, afternoon break for some / Sierra Vista sewage ponds & San Pedro House for others; dinner at Ricardo’s and owling at Carr Canyon.


August 6: Sierra Vista sewage ponds, San Pedro House, rest of morning up Ramsey & Hamburg canyons (for Tufted Flycatchers!), and afternoon drive to Green Valley via Patagonia (Patons’ feeders, Blue Haven Rd, and wayside rest), South River Rd, Rio Rico, and Amado sewage ponds; dinner for some at American Family Restaurant and first of 2 nights at Comfort Inn, Green Valley.


August 7: Peña Blanca Lake and Canyon; lunch/dinner at the Cow Palace, afternoon break for most / Madera Canyon for some, and late afternoon-evening drive to California Gulch (with a flat tire en route and a “car wash” on the way out).


August 8: The Calle Lecho neighborhood in Green Valley, a flat-tire fix at Walmart, and Mt Lemmon’s Bear Canyon, Rose Lake Canyon, Bear Wallow Rd, and a Summerhaven warbler wave (!); return to Phoenix, dinner at Caffé Boa, and final night at Clarion Hotel, Chandler.


August 9: Departures for home from PHX.


Bird List


(boldface type = “non-Minnesota” species: absent, accidental, or casual in MN)


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Canada Goose (Phoenix-only)

Mallard

Cinnamon Teal


Scaled Quail

Gambel's Quail

Montezuma Quail


Wild Turkey


Pied-billed Grebe


Neotropic Cormorant


Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Mississippi Kite

Cooper's Hawk

Northern Goshawk (heard-only)

Harris's Hawk

Gray Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Golden Eagle


Sora (heard-only)

Common Gallinule

American Coot


Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet


Semipalmated Plover

Killdeer


Spotted Sandpiper

Long-billed Curlew

Baird's Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Phalarope


Black Tern


Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Inca Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove


Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Greater Roadrunner


Western Screech-Owl

Whiskered Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Northern Pygmy-Owl (future split?)

Elf Owl

Burrowing Owl

Spotted Owl


Lesser Nighthawk

Common Poorwill


White-throated Swift


Magnificent Hummingbird

Plain-capped Starthroat

Blue-throated Hummingbird

Lucifer Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Violet-crowned Hummingbird


Elegant Trogon


Acorn Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Gilded Flicker (Steve-only)


American Kestrel

Prairie Falcon


Rosy-faced Lovebird (Phoenix-only)


Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Tufted Flycatcher

Greater Pewee

Western Wood-Pewee

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Cassin's Kingbird

Thick-billed Kingbird

Western Kingbird


Loggerhead Shrike


Bell's Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo

Hutton's Vireo

Warbling Vireo (future split?)


Steller's Jay

Western Scrub-Jay (future split?)

Mexican Jay

Chihuahuan Raven

Common Raven


Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow


Mountain Chickadee

Mexican Chickadee

Bridled Titmouse


Verdin


Bushtit


Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch (future split?)

Pygmy Nuthatch


Brown Creeper (future split?)


Rock Wren

Canyon Wren

House Wren

Bewick's Wren

Cactus Wren


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher (heard-only)


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Eastern Bluebird

Western Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin


Curve-billed Thrasher (future split?)

Bendire's Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird


European Starling


Phainopepla


Olive Warbler


Orange-crowned Warbler

Lucy's Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Virginia's Warbler

MacGillivray's Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Grace's Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Hermit Warbler

Rufous-capped Warbler (heard-only)

Wilson's Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

Painted Redstart

Yellow-breasted Chat


Spotted Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Canyon Towhee

Abert's Towhee

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Botteri's Sparrow

Cassin's Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Black-chinned Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Five-striped Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Lark Bunting

Song Sparrow

Yellow-eyed Junco


Hepatic Tanager

Summer Tanager

Western Tanager

Northern Cardinal (future split?)

Pyrrhuloxia

Black-headed Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Varied Bunting


Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark (future split?)

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Bronzed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Hooded Oriole

Bullock's Oriole

Scott's Oriole


House Finch

Red Crossbill (future split?)

Pine Siskin

Lesser Goldfinch


House Sparrow




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ARIZONA MBWEEKS PHOTO GALLERY


~  Also see the photo gallery on the Winter Arizona MBWeeks page  ~



Scaled Quail  ~  Willow Tank (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Lesser Goldfinch (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Northern Pygmy-Owl  ~  Miller Canyon (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Montezuma Quail  ~  Pinery Canyon (KRE photo, 2015)

Burrowing Owls  ~  Tucson (KRE photo, 2015)

Spotted Owl  ~  Miller Canyon (Jerry Pruett photo, 2012)

Plain-capped Starthroat  ~  Portal (KRE photo, 2015)

Lucifer Hummingbird  ~  Ash Canyon (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Lucy’s Warbler  ~  Portal (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher  ~  Huachuca Canyon (KRE photo, 2012)

Mexican Chickadee  ~  near Rustler Park (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Canyon Wren (KRE photo, 2011)

Phainopepla (KRE photo, 2011)

Buff-breasted Flycatcher nest  ~  Carr Canyon (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Thick-billed Kingbird  ~  Portal (KRE photo, 2018)

Cordilleran Flycatcher (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Acorn Woodpecker (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Broad-billed Hummingbird (Pete Hoeger photo, 2018)

Violet-crowned Hummingbird  ~  Patagonia (KRE photo, 2012)

White-eared Hummingbird  ~  Miller Canyon (Jim Mattsson photo, 2010)

Elegant Trogon  ~  Huachuca Canyon (KRE photo, 2012)

Botteri’s Sparrow (KRE photo, 2018)

Five-striped Sparrow  ~  California Gulch (KRE photo, 2012)

Yellow-eyed Junco (Jerry Pruett photo, 2012)

Varied Bunting  ~  Peña Blanca Canyon (Roy Zimmerman photo, 2015)

Gray Hawk  ~  Sonoita Creek (KRE photo, 2008)

Barn Owl  ~  near Portal (Pete Hoeger photo, 2018)