Thursday 2 April 2015 86 °F
Today my aunt, uncle, and I took a long day trip for birding from the town of Tubac, Arizona, where we are staying to Ash, Hiller, and Ramsey Canyons.
Just a short while into our drive, my aunt spotted two GREATER ROADRUNNERS beside the road. They were very photogenic and presented some of the greatest photo ops of the trip so far.
Our first planned stop was the Ash Canyon B&B Feeder Station, where we were hoping to see the extremely rare Lucifer Hummigbird that has been seen there recently. This WILD TURKEY was the first bird seen:
A wonderful male MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD showing off his iridescent green gorget:
Male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD hiding in a tree in the back:
Male GILDED FLICKER:
This SCOTT'S ORIOLE turned out to be my only life bird today:
Male YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, "Audubon" subspecies:
Male MEXICAN JAY:
Male LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKER:
Although the feeders were alive with birds, like every other target bird I have chased on this trip so far, we missed the Lucifer Hummigbird! :-(
Hopefully the rest of my trip can be spent making up on those missed birds...
We ate lunch at a picnic spot not far from the Mexican border. Here you can see the fence between the two countries:
Those mountains are part of Mexico!
A stop at an apple orchard with a fantastic hummingbird feeder display yielded five species of hummers, including this gorgeous male MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD:
A big thank you to my uncle for driving today!
So, although we missed our target, the Lucifer Hummingbird, other birds were found today. Bird-of-the-day goes to my only life bird today, the SCOTT'S ORIOLE. Runner-up to the MAGNIFICENT HUMMINGBIRD, of which I saw six individuals today (3 males, 3 females). The full bird list for the day can be found below.
Stay tuned because tomorrow I will hike with my family in Madera Canyon and I hope to find the uncommon, beautiful Elegant Trogon!
World Life List: 747 Species (1 life bird today: Scott's Oriole)
57 avian species today:
- life bird
- Scott's Oriole