This was a great bird watching trip. The trip was started at Patagonia where we stayed for two nights and then went to Madera Canyon for two more nights and ended up in Tucson.
Arizona Birding - 2007
Patagonia, AZ, 9/25/2007
Two separate stops were made to the Paton's (in Patagonia) to view their Hummers. A Ruby-throated Hummer was an incidental in the area and we saw it during both stops. Lots of other birds were seen at their seed feeders.
From top left moving clockwise are:
Also photographed at the Paton's were (upper left counter-clockwise) Inca Dove, Northern Cardinal, White-winged Dove and Lawrence's Goldfinch (male). 9/26/2007
A visit to La Cienagas (east of Patagonia) yielded some nice shots of Grey Hawk and also a Western Kingbird.
Next was a visit to Madera Canyon where we saw (top left clockwise):
Mexican Jay - 9/27/007
Hepatic Tanager - 9/28/07
Hutton's Vireo - 9/28/07
White-breasted Nuthatch - 9/27/07
Acorn Woodpeckers - 9/28/07
We also took a trip out to Patagonia State Park (south of Patagonia). Some real good birding was in the forested areas. Unfortunately it was a little shady too! Obviously the Bull-frog is not a bird but made a nice picture. We saw a Sora where I took this photo. A Summer Tanager sure is a beauty. Last to the right is a Brown-crested Flycatcher.
We then ventured up to Tucson. The resort we stayed at had absolutely great birding. The pictures below are all from the resort area.
Rufous-winged Sparrow Cactus Wrens Black-throated Sparrow Bendire's Thrasher
Gilded Flicker Ladder-backed Woodpecker Pyrrhuloxia (male)
Verdin Northern Mockingbird Greater Roadrunner
Gila Woodpecker Sonora Desert Museum
From Patagonia we traveled to Madera canyon. Heading southwest we stopped at Kino Springs and saw some good birds. A good find was this juvenile Gray Hawk.
Vermilion Flycatcher - Female
The next group of photos are from various places around Tucson.
Sonora Desert Museum
This is an immature Black-crowned Night Heron found doing some fishing at the Tucson zoo (nice place).
I have never seen a Black-crowned Night Heron swim. I always thought they hunted from the shore or standing in water but here it was just swimming around. It was successful in its swim because it came up with a fish and climbed out of the water to consume its catch.
We visited Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson. The main point of the visit was to find Harris Hawk. We were successful. Many other birds were sited at this place. It is a great place to bird (we went three times).
A immature Red-tail was soaring over head during a visit to Kartchner Caverns.