By Luke Musher
As I mentioned yesterday, I spend a day birding in the Madeira Canyon and Patagonia last week. Though short, it was a successful trip, and I got lots of good year birds and even a few lifers. My friend Will and I camped the night before at the Bog Springs Campground in Madeira Canyon, but I didn't spend very much time owling, so the only owl I got was Whiskered Screech-Owl, a lifer for me. The next morning I started hiking before 6am freezing my butt off, but getting great bird. Black-throated Gray Warblers, Scott's Oriole, Bridled Titmouse, Hutton's Vireo, and Bewick's Wren among others were all singing and I eventually got great looks at all of these (except HUVI). I walked to the Santa Rita Lodge and watched the feeders for a while seeing 5 species of hummingbirds including Broad-billed, Broad-tailed, Anna's, Black-chinned, and after much waiting a gorgeous male Magnificent Hummingbird (appeared very briefly so no photos). Also at the feeders were several dozen Chipping Sparrows, 8 or so Lazuli Bunting, several Black-headed Grosbeaks, Mexican Jays, a beautiful male Scott's Oriole.
I then walked up to the amphitheater, picking up Hepatic Tanager and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher along the way. Finally I began hiking down the mountain stopping again briefly at the lodge, and the Madeira Picnic area, and then worked my way down the trail to the Proctor Road Parking Area.
|Blue-gray Gnatchatcher, Madeira Canyon, AZ|
Lot's of great birds along this stretch of trail. Highlights for me included Arizona Woodpecker, Rufous Hummingbird, Dusky-capped, Ash-throated and Western (Cordilleran/Pacific-slope) Flycatchers, Cassin's Kingbird, Cassin's Vireo, Verdin, Lucy's, Wilson's, Black-throated Gray, and Townsend's Warblers, and Canyon Towhee.
|Black-headed Grosbeak (w/ Lazuli Buntings in background), Santa Rita Lodge, AZ|
|Lazuli Bunting, Madeira Canyon, AZ|
|Mexican Jay, Madeira Canyon, AZ|
|Scott's Oriole, Santa Rita Lodge, Madeira Canyon, AZ|
|Canyon Towhee, Madeira Canyon, AZ|
|Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Paton's Yard, Patagonia, AZ|
|Zone-tailed hawk, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Patagonia, AZ|