Black Canyon N. SAW-WHET OWL (Navajo Co.)
14 Apr 2013, 5:58 PM,
Black Canyon N. SAW-WHET OWL (Navajo Co.)
April 14, 2013
Despite the gusty winds, late this morning my dad and I went birding at a few spots in Black Canyon southwest of Heber, where the main highlight was an adult NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL I found perched with some kind of rodent prey (possibly a pocket-gopher). This was my first N. Saw-whet Owl for Navajo County and only my third one ever (coincidentally my second one within the past six months!). At least a couple of continuing GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were still present, along with several singing RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, a few RED CROSSBILLS and OLIVE WARBLERS. We also had our first-of-season GRACE'S WARBLERS and HOUSE WRENS. At Black Canyon Lake the only birds of note were an OSPREY, a BELTED KINGFISHER, and a few more singing HOUSE WRENS and GRACE'S WARBLERS. On the drive back up Forest Rd. 86, we saw a GREAT BLUE HERON along Black Canyon Creek, which I think is the first time we've seen the species along this creek (the creek currently has elevated water from snowmelt and also has lots of vocalizing frogs that herons like to prey upon though).

Good birding!

Eric Hough

Attached Files Image(s)

Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  SF Peaks Northern Saw-whet Owl jawilder 4 436 8 Feb 2018, 8:30 AM
Last Post: Tom Linda
  LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Canyon Creek (Navajo Co.) erh36 0 243 20 Nov 2017, 11:22 PM
Last Post: erh36
  Meteor Crater: Lark Bunting and early Black-headed Grosbeak; Walnut Canyon: NECO jawilder 0 504 6 Apr 2017, 10:01 AM
Last Post: jawilder
  Navajo and Hopi lands (Nov. 12-13): BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, etc. erh36 3 1,240 17 Nov 2015, 4:55 PM
Last Post: Chuck LaRue
  Heritage Park, Black Canyon City, AZ Zack Zdinak 3 2,334 1 May 2015, 6:37 PM
Last Post: JMorgan
  Canyon Creek Hatchery (Gila Co.), Heber (Navajo Co.) erh36 0 1,072 27 Apr 2014, 3:50 PM
Last Post: erh36
  Black Canyon Trail on Mingus Mountain Chuck LaRue 2 1,549 14 Dec 2013, 7:37 PM
Last Post: Chuck LaRue
  Black Canyon s.w. of Heber (s. Navajo County) erh36 0 966 27 Jul 2013, 4:40 PM
Last Post: erh36
  Black Canyon, Heber (s. Navajo Co.) erh36 0 1,136 30 Jun 2013, 1:54 PM
Last Post: erh36
  Navajo National Monument (more for Navajo County NAMC) Zack Zdinak 0 1,080 13 May 2013, 12:43 PM
Last Post: Zack Zdinak

Forum Jump: