Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hummers of the Hauchucas and a Spotted Owl

After great birding in Madera Canyon, Eric and I headed over to Sierra Vista and the Huachuca Mountains. We checked into our hotel and headed for Miller Canyon for some evening birding. After a short hike up canyon, we waited a few minutes for it to get dark so we could try to find some owls. We quickly heard a Whiskered screech-Owl and then found a young owl right next to the road only about 15 feet from us!

We headed down canyon and stopped to listen for more owls a little farther down the road. We heard a very distant Elf Owl and then a much closer Common Poorwill. It was a great evening.

The next morning, we headed back up Miller Canyon to bird at Beatty's Guest Ranch. At the first set of feeders, there were quite a few hummingbirds including a Violet-crowned!

We decided to head up to the bigger setup of feeders. It is an awesome place to sit and watch hummingbirds with bleachers for seating and about 20 feeders to watch over! There were tons of hummers including an awesome White-eared! Below are some photos of other species seen that morning.

Magnificant Hummingbird

Blue-throated Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

When we were done we hiked up Miller Canyon in search of Spotted Owls. After hiking for quite awhile, we decided to take a break and rest for a couple of minutes. As we turned around to look down the trail, we realized that there were two Spotted Owls sitting on a branch no more than 30 feet off the trail! We were able to take lots of pictures and I even took a short video!

Spotted Owl

-Rob

1 comment:

skatemanta said...

Rob, any chance we could see some of the owl film? Thanks for the travelogue. Looking forward to heading down there sometime.