Oak Creek Canyon - Cave Springs (spring migration)
15 May 2011, 2:19 PM,
#41
 
Nice picture of the Townsend's, Gary. I just got a glimpse of it this morning (Sunday). All the visitors do make the birding a little challenging, so for a change this morning I started at 7am in the riparian area downstream of the campground where Oak Creek braids right. No people and crazy with birds. I soon found out why - they have a favorite bathing spot along one of the braids. I just stayed put for an hour and watched everything come and go. The female magnificent hummingbird continues at the feeder at the entrance station.

Great Blue Heron 2 Still carrying nesting material
Turkey Vulture 3
Common Black-Hawk 1
White-throated Swift 3
Magnificent Hummingbird 1 Coming to the feeder at the entrance station
Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
Broad-tailed Hummingbird 7
Acorn Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1
Black Phoebe 3
Plumbeous Vireo 4
Warbling Vireo 3
Steller's Jay 10
Common Raven 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Violet-green Swallow 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 11
Hermit Thrush 4
American Robin 6
Virginia's Warbler 5
Lucy's Warbler 5
Yellow Warbler 7
Townsend's Warbler 1
Red-faced Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 4
Wilson's Warbler 2
Painted Redstart 5
Spotted Towhee 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) 1
Western Tanager 10
Black-headed Grosbeak 8
Bullock's Oriole 5
Lesser Goldfinch 3
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19 May 2011, 6:41 PM,
#42
An epic day at Cave Springs
It says "neophyte" below my name and it was acutely affirmed today after birding Cave Springs with "gurus" Chuck LaRue, Jason Wilder and, visiting from Maine, Trevor Persons (he used to live in Flagstaff). Instead of my usual 30 or so species, this gang had 52. We were in flycatcher heaven or hell, depending how you experience challenging bird IDs. Suffice it to say that there were endless discussions about what we were looking at, except in the case of a gorgeous greater pewee that insisted on posing at close range. Jason promised to sort through his hundreds of flycatcher pics from today and post some gems for you. Also of note was Chuck's discovery of a hepatic tanager nest. Oh yeah, and literally uncountable waves of western tanagers was something to see. 72 is our (conservative) best estimate.

Mallard 7
Great Blue Heron 4
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper's Hawk 2 A pair, based on behavior
Common Black-Hawk 2 A pair, based on behavior
Red-tailed Hawk 1
White-throated Swift 2
Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
Anna's Hummingbird 3
Broad-tailed Hummingbird 12
Acorn Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 3
Olive-sided Flycatcher 2
Greater Pewee 1
Western Wood-Pewee 6
Hammond's Flycatcher 5
Empidonax sp. 1 Either a dusky or a gray
Black Phoebe 3
Plumbeous Vireo 3
Cassin's Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 3
Steller's Jay 10
Common Raven 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Pygmy Nuthatch 1
Bewick's Wren 1
House Wren 10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 8
Virginia's Warbler 4
Yellow Warbler 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler 3
Townsend's Warbler 1
Grace's Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 1
Wilson's Warbler 1
Red-faced Warbler 3
Painted Redstart 12
Spotted Towhee 7
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Hepatic Tanager 3
Summer Tanager 1
Western Tanager 72
Black-headed Grosbeak 30
Bullock's Oriole 4
Red Crossbill 12
Pine Siskin 3
Lesser Goldfinch 5
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19 May 2011, 8:00 PM,
#43
Greater Pewee and Olive-sided Flycatcher Pics
Four pics of today's greater pewee, and one of the only ground-sitting olive-sided flycatcher I've ever seen.

Jason

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20 May 2011, 7:27 AM,
#44
 
And these were the "easy" ones!
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