Sunday, August 1, 2010

Killing Time in Southeast Arizona

Since Rob flew back to Indianapolis, I have been spending some more time in southeast Arizona. After dropping him off at the airport, I headed back to the Huachuca Mountains. Since Arizona is so hot and many of the great birds of Arizona can be seen at high elevations I camped at the Reef Campground in Carr Canyon.

The birding was great and I spent the better part of the next 3 days birding the area as well.

Just a few of the highlights from Carr and Miller Canyons:
-Seeing at least 3 individual White-eared Hummingbirds at Beatty's in Miller Canyon-this is the only known location for White-eared Hummingbird in the US right now.
-Finding a Buff-breasted Flycatcher nest not too far from my camp.
-Being awoken by a Spotted Owl at 4:30 am.
-Watching a Hepatic Tanager catch and eat a bee.
-Having flocks of warblers feeding next to my tent including Red-faced, Virginia's, Black-throated Gray, and Grace's Warbler and Painted Redstart.

White-eared Hummingbird-one of the males

Red-faced Warbler-this species tends to be tame and comes in low to feed.
Hepatic Tanager-A male eating a bee.
Buff-breasted Flycatcher-A nest that was well hidden even though it is directly over the road.

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

I will be heading to Mexico on the 1st and if all goes well we will make it down to Colima. Hopefully we will hit on all our targets and get a few pics while we are at it.



Chris W said...

Nice photos! How's the road up into Carr Canyon? last summer it was a disaster. Worst road I've ever driven.

Good luck in Mexico! should be fun. Then you can see OBNT in it's natural habitat.... lol

Anonymous said...

Great photos. Someday I would like to see a Red-faced Warbler.

Such a sturdy, well-built nest for a flycatcher!

Amy Kearns