Saturday, May 28, 2016

Birding Incinerator Ridge, Mount Lemmon

After Rose Canyon Lake, Christine and I wanted to make a quick stop at Incinerator Ridge just to see what was going on there. As it turns out, it too was very birdie so we ended up spending the rest of our day there. Incinerator Ridge is famous for its Red Faced Warblers (again probably the most reliable place to find it). And, again he didn't disappoint. Painted Redstarts are often present (as they were this day). Yellow Rumped Warblers, Hermit Thrushes, Yellow Eyed Juncos, Mountain Chickadees, Spotted Towhees, Black Headed Grosbeaks, American Robins, Cliff Swallows, Ravens, an unidentified hawk ...

Here are a couple of the nicer photos:

Painted Redstart

Red Faced Warbler

Thursday, May 26, 2016

More from Rose Canyon Lake, Mount Lemmon

Other nice photos from Rose Canyon Lake on Mount Lemmon:

Blue Grey Gnatcatcher

House Wren

Olive Warbler

Pine Siskin

Plumbeous Vireo

Western Bluebird

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Buff Breasted Flycatcher at Rose Canyon Lake

Christine and I birded Mount Lemmon on Monday May 16th. We started at Rose Canyon Lake which was quite "birdie." One of the "prizes" here is the Buff Breasted Flycatcher. Although Sibley's says the BBF is mainly found in the Huachuca Mountains of Arizona, I have found Rose Canyon Lake on Mount Lemmon to be the most reliable place (at least over the last few years).

We were pleased not only to find this little guy (other than the even rarer Tufted Flycatcher, the Buff Breasted is the smallest flycatcher in North America).

And, not just happy to find, happy to find him posing in a variety of settings:




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Florida Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains

I went looking for the Black Capped Gnatcatcher for my website. Again my previous photos not up to my new standard. I struck out. However, I did find a few nice photos there:

Singing Northern Cardinal

Grey Hawk

Female Western Tanager

Male Western Tanager

Male Wester Tanager

Wilson's Warbler

White Tailed Deer

Friday, May 20, 2016

Empire Gulch -- next on the List

Empire Gulch is usually quite birdie given the spring that keeps water in the Gulch for about 200 yards. There were some nice finds to:

Hooded Skunk

Black Head Grosbeak Male

Summer Tanager Male


Western Tanager Female

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Stellar Jay at Incinerator Ridge

Another  reliable find at Incinerator Ridge is the Stellar Jay:


Monday, May 16, 2016

Incinerator Ridge, Mount Lemmon

After finding the Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher at Molino Basin I thought I'd check out Incinerator Ridge -- just to see what was going on. And, of course, a main attraction is what I believe is the most reliable place to find the Red Faced Warbler. So here are those photos: