Saturday, April 13, 2013

Birding Mt. Lemmon

Eric writes:
Greetings from Tucson,

To follow along with my 400 List go to:  http://blog.nuttybirder.com/p/400-goal-list.html#.UWmxZbVwqz4

While working in the desert that surrounds Tuscon, you don't get to see many trees.  So, with a little break between transects, I headed up to the pine forests of the Santa Catalina Mountains.  I started out in the Bear Canyon area.  Since I had only been desert birding recently, every bird was great to see.  There were many Acorn Woodpeckers and Yellow-eyed Juncos that were tame and allowed for some nice photos.  My first Pygmy Nuthatch (#284) came through and a Spotted Towhee fed among the Yellow-eyed Juncos.  

Acorn Woodpecker
Yellow-eyed Junco
Next, I went to Rose Canyon where the warblers were everywhere!  I started out with my first Broad-tailed Hummingbird (#285) and Western Bluebird (#286).  I ended up running into a couple of nice warbler flocks and picking up my first Olive Warbler (#287) and Grace's Warbler (#288).  After a while, I came by a portion of the creek where many birds were drinking and bathing; this is where my first Buff-breasted Flycatcher (#289) showed up.

Buff-breasted Flycatcher


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