Pine Grosbeaks on Humphreys Peak Trail
3 Jan 2018, 2:46 PM,
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Pine Grosbeaks on Humphreys Peak Trail
Today I embarked on my second high-country excursion in the SF Peaks of the week, this time covering the western side of the Peaks. I went up the Humphrey's Peak Trail for about 2.5 miles and then headed cross-country to the B-24 wreckage site and continued from there north to Philomena Spring and then looped back via a lower route. On the outbound uphill walk I found a few flocks of Chickadees, Brown Creepers, Golden-crowned Kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatches. At treeline I found two flocks of Red Crossbills (none sounded like our lower-elevation Ponderosa-type...my efforts to record them was an utter failure) totaling ~40 birds. 

On the way down, just as I was going on auto-pilot on the bottom stretch of the Humphrey's Peak trail, I heard a loud squeaky call that I recognized immediately as something not normal. It was a flock of ~15 Pine Grosbeaks, including both males and females, feeding and calling in the mixed aspen-fir-spruce forest. I've been hoping to see this species in AZ basically since I moved here. The winter of 2004-2005 was the last big year for Pine Grosbeaks in Coconino County, though there were also a couple singleton observations from the South Rim in 2014.

The birds are easy to get to, about half a mile up the Humphrey's Peak Trail. Parking is in Lot #1 at Snowbowl, and the trail starts out by crossing an active ski run (ignore the sign saying that you need a ski pass to enter, this applies to snow-players not hikers), but is then easy-going and downright dusty. I did not hear the birds on the way up, so they may wander a bit.

Exact location is 35.3370130342, -111.7058444304, and marked on this map:
   

Some bird pics:
   

   

   

   

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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Pine Grosbeaks on Humphreys Peak Trail - by jawilder - 3 Jan 2018, 2:46 PM

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