Sunday, March 29, 2015

Capped Birds in Florida Canyon

Greetings from Tucson, AZ

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.

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