Berylline Hummingbird on nest
(digiscoped photo)


Huachuca Mts. & other SE AZ birding magnets
18-21 Aug 2006
by Henry Detwiler

Carol, David, and I toured some of the hummingbird hot-spots in SE Arizona, and also did a little "owling", "sparrowing", and "flycatchering".  In between the birdwatching we looked at butterflies, herps, and a few mammals.
species--bird list is at the bottom of the page
Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized photos.   


Northern Beardless Tyrannulet

Wilson's Warbler, Patagonia Lake

At Patagonia Lake State Park we saw many striking Vermilion Flycatchers, several young begging Bell's Vireos, a couple of cooperative Wilson's Warblers, and this young Northern Beardless Tyrannulet.  But no Black-capped Gnatcatchers.

Immature Gray Hawk, Kino Springs

At Kino Springs were three Black-bellied Whistling Ducks along with three Tropical Kingbirds flycatching over the green slime of the sewage lagoon.  An immature Gray Hawk perched on the hillside, looking for all the world like some little tropical falcon.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

To escape the rising heat and humidity we beat a path to Madera Canyon.  Along Continental Road we made two stops to examine the giant luber grasshoppers and a wayward Desert Tortoise along the road.

Luber, Madera Canyon

Desert Tortoise, Madera Canyon


Throughout our travels in SE AZ, these pretty Arizona Caltrops (or Arizona Poppies) were blooming on the roadsides and hills--Continental Road was no exception.  At Proctor Road an obliging Varied Bunting perched on an Ocotillo. 

Northern Cardinal


A family of Northern Cardinals fed from a Choke Cherry, munching happily on the juicy berries.

Bordered Patch, Madera Canyon

American Snout

David was wishing he'd brought along his butterfly net!

Dull Firetip

At the Proctor Road stream crossing we were delighted to see a number of butterflies close-up. 

 Tiny Checkerspot

Gray Hawk

Dinner were some burritos back in Green Valley, and then we returned once more for a little night birding.

Just before we left this Gray Hawk flew overhead--a bird I don't usually see in Madera Canyon!   Off in the distance a large bird (Golden Eagle?) soared over Mt. Wrightson.  Up the canyon we checked a few more locations, adding a calling Brown-crested Flycatcher--the only one we heard during the trip.  

Madera Canyon Sunset

We struck out on nighthawks, but did witness a fine sunset and thunderstorm to the west.  At the Whitehall Picnic Area our patience was rewarded by the calls of an Elf Owl.  A little searching paid off with some fine looks at this tiny creature.  Farther up the canyon we also heard a Whiskered Screech-Owl tooting, but it never revealed itself. 

Elf Owl, Madera Canyon

Berylline Tree, Madera Canyon

During our final morning we hiked up the Vault Mine Trail to the Berylline Hummingbird nest.  A friendly birder showed it to us, concealed in this large sycamore.  At one point we watched it gather more spider webs and lichen for its nest.  A nearby Red-faced Warbler was fortuitous.  From there we had to make a bee-line for the airport, picking up a Zone-tailed Hawk on the way.  It was a great trip; hopefully Carol & David will come back again to get all the ones we missed!

Madera Canyon Sunset

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SE AZ, 18 - 21 Aug 2006
# Species
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Great Egret
3 Snowy Egret
4 Green Heron
5 Black-crowned Night Heron
6 Mallard
7 Cinnamon Teal
8 Mississippi Kite
9 Cooper's Hawk
10 Swainson's Hawk
11 Zone-tailed Hawk
12 Red-tailed Hawk
13 American Kestrel
14 Wild Turkey
15 Gambel's Quail
16 Montezuma's Quail
17 Common Moorhen
18 American Coot
19 Killdeer
20 Black-necked Stilt
21 Lesser Yellowlegs
22 Least Sandpiper
23 Black Vulture
24 Turkey Vulture
25 White-winged Dove
26 Mourning Dove
27 Inca Dove
28 Common Ground-Dove
29 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
30 Greater Roadrunner
31 Western Screech Owl
32 Whiskered Screech Owl
33 Elf Owl
34 Spotted Owl
35 Magnificent Hummingbird
36 Lucifer Hummingbird
37 White-eared Hummingbird
38 Berylline Hummingbird
39 Broad-billed Hummingbird
40 Violet-crowned Hummingbrd
41 Blue-throated Hummingbird
42 Black-chinned Hummingbird
43 Anna's Hummingbird
44 Calliope Hummingbird
45 Broad-tailed Hummingbird
46 Rufous Hummingbird
47 Belted Kingfisher
48 Elegant Trogon
49 Arizona Woodpecker
50 Acorn Woodpecker
51 Gila Woodpecker
52 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
53 Northern Flicker
54 Buff-breasted Flycatcher
55 Western Wood Pewee
56 Pacific Slope Flycatcher
57 Black Phoebe
58 Eastern Phoebe
59 Say's Phoebe
60 Vermilion Flycatcher
61 Brown-crested Flycatcher
62 Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
63 Cassin's Kingbird
64 Western Kingbird
# Species
65 N. Beardless Tyrannulet
66 Loggerhead Shrike
67 Bell's Vireo
68 Hutton's Vireo
69 Western Scrub Jay
70 Common Raven
71 Chihuahuan Raven
72 Purple Martin
73 Violet-green Swallow
74 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
75 Bank Swallow
76 Cliff Swallow
77 Barn Swallow
78 Bridled Titmouse
79 Verdin
80 Bushtit
81 White-breasted Nuthatch
82 Brown Creeper
83 Cactus Wren
84 Canyon Wren
85 Bewick's Wren
86 House Wren
87 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
88 Hermit Thrush
89 American Robin
90 Northern Mockingbird
91 Curve-billed Thrasher
92 European Starling
93 Phainopepla
94 Red-faced Warbler
95 Wilson's Warbler
96 Yellow-breasted Chat
97 Painted Redstart
98 Common Yellowthroat
99 Black-throated Gray Warbler
100 Virginia's Warbler
101 Yellow Warbler
102 Hepatic Tanager
103 Summer Tanager
104 Western Tanager
105 Spotted Towhee
106 Canyon Towhee
107 Abert's Towhee
108 Rufous-winged Sparrow
109 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
110 Chipping Sparrow
111 Lark Sparrow
112 Black-throated Sparrow
113 Lark Bunting
114 Song Sparrow
115 Yellow-eyed Junco
116 Cardinal
117 Pyrrhuloxia
118 Black-headed Grosbeak
119 Blue Grosbeak
120 Lazuli Bunting
121 Red-winged Blackbird
122 Eastern Meadowlark
123 Great-tailed Grackle
124 Brown-headed Cowbird
125 Bullock's Oriole
126 House Finch
127 Lesser Goldfinch
128 House Sparrow

Photos Henry Detwiler