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Elegant Trogon in snow: Madera Canyon
9 Feb 2009, 7:10 PM
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Elegant Trogon in snow: Madera Canyon
Having struck out many times on this bird, I managed a late afternoon hike Sat. Feb. 7 in Madera Canyon after a business trip in Tucson this weekend. In the rain/snow I happened to catch a male Elegant Trogon out in the open for about a minute while looking down toward the canyon from the scrubby oaks on the trail on the south side. I wish I had some photos to show, because the experience of seeing this tropical bird on a snowy mountain in the US was surreal.

some other noteworthy birds present:
Brown Creeper
Townsend's Warbler (2)
Mexican Jay

also in nearby Tubac Important Bird Area:
Vermillion Flycatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
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