Black Canyon N. SAW-WHET OWL (Navajo Co.)
14 Apr 2013, 5:58 PM,
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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
thebirdwhisperer22@yahoo.com


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