With a weekend off, and all of southeast Arizona at my finger tips, I figured I would make up for a couple birds that I have missed in past years. So, with that in mind, I headed to the Santa Rita Mountains. There were a few birds that I hadn't seen in the US, that were in the area; this included Rufous-capped Warber, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, and Sinaloa Wren.
I started out in Florida Canyon where I quickly came by a Black-capped Gnatcatcher but only got brief looks. I was hoping for better, but figured I could put in more effort after searching for the Rufous-capped Warblers. After about a mile of hiking up canyon, I heard a Rufous-capped Warbler singing from the hillside. Eventually, I had decent looks, but again not great. I decided to wait out the warblers, which worked to perfection. A pair came down into the creekbed to forage and get a drink, all within about 20 feet of where I was waiting!
|Rufous-capped Warbler in Florida Canyon|
After this successful jaunt, I decided to go searching for a Sinaloa Wren along the De Anza Trail in Tubac. While I didn't have any luck with the Sinaloa Wren, there were still many birds around, and I knew I would have more chances for Sinaloa Wren in the coming weeks.