SCVAS Arizona Day Five

Wednesday, August 11, 2010, Led by David Wimpfheimer and Bob Power

Photos by Bill Walker

38 Species at 6 Locations

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Strigidae (Owls)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Violet-crowned Hummingbird DJF
At least one, possibly two birds at the feeders in this amazing yard.
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Bell's Vireo (h) PR
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Canyon Towhee CCC DJF
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Dave Jasper's Feeders, AZ = DJF
Paradise Road, AZ = PR
South Fork Picnic Area, AZ = SFPA
Southwestern Research Station, AZ = SRS
Stewart Campground, AZ = SC
Cave Creek Canyon, AZ = CCC

38 Species at 6 Locations

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Strigidae (Owls)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Violet-crowned Hummingbird DJF
At least one, possibly two birds at the feeders in this amazing yard.
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Bell's Vireo (h) PR
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Dave Jasper's Feeders, AZ = DJF
Paradise Road, AZ = PR
South Fork Picnic Area, AZ = SFPA
Southwestern Research Station, AZ = SRS
Stewart Campground, AZ = SC
Cave Creek Canyon, AZ = CCC

Trip Map

Trip Notes

First full day in the Chiracahua Mts. Bill photo'ed the canyon walls at sunrise, followed by pre-breakfast birding at the Cave Creek Ranch feeders (Mexican Jay, and brief glimpses of Blue-throated hummingbird) and into the desert scrub (paired Curve-billed Thrashers, a Cactus Wren and Canyon Towhee). Most of this day was spent along the road between Cave Creek Ranch and the Southwest Research Station, checking out campgrounds, picnic areas and trails. The best flock of the day came along the trail beyond South Fork picnic area - bridled titmice, painted redstarts, grace's warbler, black-throated grey warblers, and a brown creeper for spice. Special moments of the day: Bob locating the beryline hummingbird nest (per instructions) and finding a female beryline hummer re-constructing her lichen-covered nest with multiple trips to neaby nest material sources. Walking up past bug collection sheets at the Research Station to call in the Whiskered screech owl for an actual visual sighting of this little owl.