Saturday 4 April 2015 84 °F
Today, sadly my last full day in Arizona, my aunt, uncle, and I drove to Madera Canyon again to look for the Elegant Trogon, since I only saw that bird with my dad yesterday.
The day started by seeing this jackrabbit on the property of the hacienda-house we are renting:
We made it to Madera Canyon at about 8:45am. As soon as I stepped out of the car, I found these YELLOW-EYED JUNCOS, which were a life bird for me yesterday:
My aunt, uncle, and I then started hiking up the Carrie Nation Trail, which was where I found the Elegant Trogons yesterday. Warblers along the trail were beautiful and common, evidenced by the photos of three warbler species below.
Male PAINTED REDSTART:
Male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER:
Male TOWNSEND'S WARBLER:
Vireos and flycatchers were also numerous, including PLUMBEOUS and my life bird heard-only HUTTON'S VIREOS (only lifer of the day), as well as GRAY & BROWN-CAPPED FLYCATCHERS, as well as this ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER:
This male SPOTTED TOWHEE was the most photogenically obliging bird today:
Reptiles were also present along the trail, including a tiny scorpion, the first one I have ever seen, as well as this lizard/gecko:
The Carrie Nation Trail climbs throuh a beautiful ravine, complete with a creek with running water, which is rare for Arizona because of the arid climate.
Butterflies were prevalent like numerous Tiger Swallowtails, as well as this unidentified species (if anybody knows the species of this butterfly or the previous reptile, please leave a comment on this post!). UPDATE AS OF APRIL 7: This butterfly is an ARIZONA SISTER, thanks to Christy Schisler for the identification!
After the hike, we drove home, ate lunch, and spent a restful final afternoon and evening at the hacienda-house. It was a wonderful way to conclude an absolutely fantastic trip.
Bird-of-the-day goes to the photogenic SPOTTED TOWHEE, with runners-up to the almost as cooperative two species of warblers: PAINTED REDSTART and TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS. Full species list for the day is found below my signature.
Bird-of-the-week goes to the ELEGANT TROGONS seen yesterday, the most uncommon bird of the trip. Runners-up to the 4 hummingbird life birds: COSTA'S, BROAD-BILLED, BROAD-TAILED, & VIOLET-CROWNED. This has to be one of the greatest birding trips on which I have ever been, and I am thoroughly thankful to my parents for this awesome trip! A big shout-out also goes to my aunt and uncle, who drove me to most of the birding places this week!
Stay tuned on this blog, because as well as posting for the travel day tomorrow, there are some big birding events and trips happening this year for me: Oak Park Bird Walks during spring migration (April-May), a trip with my choir, the Voice of Chicago, to the East Coast (late June), a trip with my school's biology club to Costa Rica (early July), and finally my family's annual trip to Idaho (August).
In the meantime, here is the list of life birds that I gained on this trip, 43 in total:
- rare or uncommon species
- Violet-crowned Hummingbird
- Elegant Trogon
- Arizona Woodpecker
- Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
- Baird's Sparrow
- Yellow-eyed Junco
World Life List: 751 Species (1 life bird today: Hutton's Vireo)
41 avian species today:
- life bird
- Hutton's Vireo
Black-throated Gray Warbler