Oak Creek Canyon, Red Tank Draw
4 Dec 2011, 9:47 PM,
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Oak Creek Canyon, Red Tank Draw
12/4/2011
This afternoon I went out with Jesse Maestas to help him study plants at spots in Oak Creek Canyon and Red Tank Draw. The upper part of Oak Creek was a winter wonderland after the fresh snowfall and made the scenery even more beautiful. We walked around at Cave Springs and Encinoso campgrounds, and briefly stopped at Grasshopper Point. Nothing rare bird-wise, although at pair of Belted Kingfishers at Cave Springs and several Western Bluebirds eating Phoradendron mistletoe berries at Encinoso were nice. At Red Tank Draw we watched a Sharp-shinned Hawk chasing a Black Phoebe (the hawk was unsuccessful). The draw still had some nice fall colors on the cottonwoods, ashes, and sycamores. It looked like the lower level of the snowfall must have been here, as only a few tiny remnants of snow were at the bases of some trees. Here are the lists of birds:

Cave Springs campground
Belted Kingfisher (2)
Acorn Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker (1)
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Bridled Titmouse
Pygmy Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Townsend's Solitaire

Encinoso picnic area/campground
Acorn Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Bridled Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Western Bluebird
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch

Red Tank Draw
Sharp-shinned Hawk (1)
Black Phoebe (1)
Bridled Titmouse
Canyon Wren
Rock Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch


Good birding!!!
Eric Hough
thebirdwhisperer22@yahoo.com


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