Christine and I headed up to Incinerator Ridge (Mount Lemmon) on Thursday. It was a beautiful early morning walk with lots of serenading birds the entire time.
There is usually at least one Abert's Squirrel begging for a photo:
And, of course, Incinerator Ridge is the most reliable place in the United States to find the Red Faced Warbler:
A pair of Stellar Jays were showing off their beauty, here's one of them:
And at the top in the brush was a male Virginia's Warbler. The first photo is diagnostic even though you can only see the underside -- but you can clearly see the yellow breast and undertail coverts with light gray belly, which distinguishes them from all other warblers:
Here a little bit better photo. Although with this photo you can't be sure it is a male, nor is it absolutely clear that it is not a female Nashville Warbler. I guess that's why I like the photo above in conjunction with this one: