Rose-throated Becard


Madera Canyon & SE AZ
June 28-29, 2003, hot & sunny
- narrated by Henry Detwiler

Suzanne, Gaby, and Adriana and I camped out in Madera Canyon and visited several other SE AZ hotspots 
species total

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Botteri's Sparrow next to Florida Wash

We found this Botteri's Sparrow just south of Florida Wash along the road to Madera Canyon.  At Bog Springs Campground, we considered ourselves fortunate to find & reserve a camp spot for the night--little did we know that we would have the whole campground almost to ourselves!

Rose-throated Becard at Patagonia Roadside Rest Stop


Rose-throated Becard nest

After a "quick" trip through Box Canyon, we made it to the Patagonia Roadside Rest Stop, where we had great looks at the becard, a Varied Bunting, and many flycatchers.

After spotting a few more birds, like Rufous-crowned Sparrow and Thick-billed Kingbird on the east side of the road, we headed south to Kino Springs.  Alas, the city of Nogales was cutting all the cottonwoods around the ponds to avert a "water shortage".  The birds were concentrated on the golf course and around the sewage lagoons.    

Western Kingbird at Kino Springs

Vermilion Flycatcher at Kino Springs

Several families of Vermilion Flycatchers were hawking for insects around the gold course and the sewage lagoons.  This was the only mature male we saw.    


Broad-billed Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbirds were nesting in a junniper.  Both Cassin's and Western Kingbirds were using the golf course, but it wasn't until we scouted the sewage lagoon that we found a pair of Tropical Kingbirds.

This accommodating Gilded Flicker was at the edge of the pro shop grounds.  A quick fly-by of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was unexpected--we looked but never re-found it.  Dusky-capped Flycatchers were also around the sewage lagoons, as were Bridled Titmice.  It was hard to leave!

Gilded Flicker at Kino Springs

Common Raven at Patagonia Lake

We did some boating and swimming at Patagonia Lake, and watched this raven being dive-bombed by kingbirds and mockingbirds.  It finally flew off and the show was over.

At the lodge we watched the Acorn Woodpeckers chasing off Mexican Jays and squirrels.  Farther up the canyon we spotted a  Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher and a 200 lb. black bear, but missed the Flame-colored Tanagers.

Acorn Woodpecker at Santa Rita Lodge 

Mexican Jay at Bog Springs Campground

On Sunday morning we hiked up the Vault Mine Trail and found both Painted Redstart and Red-faced Warbler.  And lower down the canyon Suzanne saw her first Elegant Trogon--a beautiful male!  Even as we packed up our camping gear, the Mexican Jays hopped about and watched us--it was a fine end to a great weekend.
Madera, Roadside Rest Stop & Kino Springs, 28-29 June 2003
# Species
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Neotropic Cormorant
3 Great Blue Heron
4 Cattle Egret
5 Green Heron
6 Black-crowned Night Heron
7 Snow Goose
8 Gray Hawk
9 Red-tailed Hawk
10 American Kestrel
11 Gambel's Quail
12 American Coot
13 Turkey Vulture
14 Rock Dove
15 White-winged Dove
16 Mourning Dove
17 Inca Dove
18 Common Ground-Dove
19 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
20 Western Screech Owl
21 Elf Owl
22 Whip-poor-will
23 White-throated Swift
24 Magnificent Hummingbird
25 Broad-billed Hummingbird
26 Violet-crowned Hummingbrd
27 Black-chinned Hummingbird
28 Elegant Trogon
29 Arizona Woodpecker
30 Acorn Woodpecker
31 Gila Woodpecker
32 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
33 Gilded Flicker
34 Rose-throated Becard
35 Western Wood Pewee
36 Black Phoebe
37 Say's Phoebe
38 Vermilion Flycatcher
39 Dusky-capped Flycatcher
40 Ash-throated Flycatcher
41 Brown-crested Flycatcher
42 Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
43 Tropical Kingbird
44 Cassin's Kingbird
45 Thick-billed Kingbird
46 Western Kingbird


# Species
47 N. Beardless Tyrannulet
48 Loggerhead Shrike
49 Bell's Vireo
50 Plumbeous Vireo
51 Hutton's Vireo
52 Warbling Vireo
53 Mexican Jay
54 Common Raven
55 Barn Swallow
56 Bridled Titmouse
57 Verdin
58 White-breasted Nuthatch
59 Cactus Wren
60 Canyon Wren
61 Bewick's Wren
62 Hermit Thrush
63 American Robin
64 Northern Mockingbird
65 Curve-billed Thrasher
66 European Starling
67 Phainopepla
68 Yellow Warbler
69 Yellow-breasted Chat
70 Painted Redstart
71 Lucy's Warbler
72 Common Yellowthroat
73 Red-faced Warbler
74 Hepatic Tanager
75 Botteri's Sparrow
76 Canyon Towhee
77 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
78 Chipping Sparrow
79 Lark Sparrow
80 Black-throated Sparrow
81 Cardinal
82 Black-headed Grosbeak
83 Blue Grosbeak
84 Varied Bunting
85 Western Meadowlark
86 Great-tailed Grackle
87 Bronzed Cowbird
88 Brown-headed Cowbird
89 Bullock's Oriole
90 House Finch
91 Lesser Goldfinch
92 House Sparrow


Photos Henry D. Detwiler